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“The more you start to mature and the older you get, the more important some things are,” Boyd said. “This is my fifth year [at Clemson] and it all comes down to five months. So it’s all about embracing every opportunity — every practice, every workout, every time we step onto that field. … It’s all about me just running out there trying to live for the moment and enjoying it.”

Syracuse and Pitt made their first appearances at the ACC Kickoff, trading in the annual summertime Rhode Island clambake that was a Big East staple for this visit to central North Carolina.

“A lot of great players, great competition — what more could you ask for?” Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley said. “All around, everything’s just up. Higher stakes.”

This will mark the only season in this configuration of the ACC because Maryland is leaving next year for the Big Ten. Louisville is on track to step in for the Terrapins.

Swofford declined to discuss the ongoing legal proceedings between the ACC and Maryland over the roughly $53 million exit fee the league says it is owed.

But the Terps’ athletic teams, he said, “in playing their last year in our league, deserve the very best of the ACC, and that’s what they will receive.”

But quarterback C.J. Brown downplayed the idea that the Terps would try to make some type of farewell statement to the ACC.

“This is the last year we’re going to be partaking in the ACC, but we’re just excited for the opportunity and we’re just going to go out and represent Maryland the best that we can,” Brown said. “Hopefully we go out with a bang.”