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ACC media days has some interesting tidbits concerning BYU

Published: Sunday, July 20 2014 10:40 p.m. MDT

Virginia's Anthony Harris answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (Chuck Burton, AP) Virginia's Anthony Harris answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (Chuck Burton, AP)

ACC football media days is underway at Greensboro, North Carolina, and there's plenty of news related to BYU. The conference confirmed its new scheduling rules, and the Cougar's Week 4 opponent Virginia had its interviews on Sunday.

Here are some of the key points from the first day of ACC media days.

BYU still doesn't count as a "Power 5" opponent

ACC commissioner John Swofford reiterated the conference's new scheduling rules, as quoted by the Courier-Journal.

"As announced during our most recent spring meetings, we have determined our future league scheduling model, which will begin in 2017, that includes maintaining our eight-conference game schedule, plus one non-conference game against a team from one of the other four Power 5 conferences or Notre Dame, whose scheduling partnership with our teams begins this year."

Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford speaks during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (Chuck Burton, AP) Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford speaks during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (Chuck Burton, AP)

Notice that Swofford didn't mention BYU. Again, this doesn't mean that ACC teams can't play the Cougars, but there's less incentive for them to do so under these new rules.

Virginia safety excited to travel to face BYU in Provo

Virginia's Anthony Harris talked about his excitement to travel to play BYU on Virginia football's Instagram.

"That will be a big road game for me," Harris said. "To have an opportunity to leave the east coast and head out west."

At least there shouldn't be a long rain delay like there was at Virginia last season.

Kevin Parks and Anthony Harris hope to help save Mike London's job

There's little doubt that Mike London is on the hot seat after a 2-10 season, but two key Virginia players spoke out about playing well enough this season for London to keep his job, according to the Daily Progress.

Virginia's Kevin Parks answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (Chuck Burton, AP) Virginia's Kevin Parks answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (Chuck Burton, AP)

"Our job is to get back to winning and help Coach London out," said Running back Kevin Parks. "We have to do the little things right. Those things add up and help us win."

Harris also spoke out in support of his coach. "As a coach, it’s about winning. That’s how we want to pay him back," he said. “We feel like it’s very important. ... Us being [in] our last year, we feel like it’s important to have a great year for him so he can stick around."

It would certainly be better for BYU if the Cavaliers won more than two games this season. Well, as long as one of those wins isn't at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.

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