The ACC is having some meetings up in Boston. Interesting tidbits:
Because of scheduling agreement w/Notre Dame, ACC will only play 8-game conference schedule, sources told @espn
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 3, 2012
Cue outrage from Clemson and FSU fans over this decision, because, well at this point it seems that whatever the ACC does they feel they are being screwed by it. They complained about the ACC schedule and the non-con scheduling headaches. Then when they went to 9, it was about how they were losing money from not having the extra home game. So, I’m sure they will still find reason to complain.
Really this is great for members that have BCS-opponent rivalry games outside the conference. Clemson, GT, FSU all have to be thrilled. As should Pitt.
For Pitt, it does open the door to either having both WVU and PSU on the non-con. Or more likely setting up some sort of rotation with both. With ND popping on every 3 years or so. It definitely makes the Pitt-Penn State game more likely for an annual game. Penn State will need to schedule better now that the Big 10 has stuck with 8 games and dropped the annual game with the Pac-10.
I saw some suggestions that the Big 10 and ACC should consider a football crossover annually. Just like they do in basketball. Not a bad idea, but I just don’t see that happening any time soon.
For schools with in-conference rivalry games, it is a bit more of a headache. It means finding an additional game. The costs of that, and with the unknown of how much strength of schedule will matter in the future
BCS playoff rankings may force scheduling home-and home games against good opponents for the non-con.
The other downside. It means only playing some teams in the conference once every six years, and once every twelve at home. You can forget really any chance of developing a good hate with Maryland if we see them less often than we will see Notre Dame. Syracuse is protected from the other division. That means Maryland, FSU and BC will be rare occurrences.
Regarding the Notre Dame situation. Unlike in the Big East, ND can’t try and force teams to play in a pro stadium or neutral site. Nor can they pick and choose the teams. It is rotating straight home-and-home. Here’s the ACC Commissioner on the matter.
Q: How will you allocate the five Notre Dame football games to your conference members?
A: It’s up to the ACC to do that. Notre Dame will accept whatever five games the ACC gives them on any given year. Conceptually what we intend to do is rotate through the entire membership — 14 schools for those five games. We do have some teams that currently have contracts with Notre Dame and we need to take a look at that. We would like to accomplish this without disrupting those particular games that are currently under contract. But once we reach a clean point the idea is to rotate the games through the membership. So that every school knows they will get Notre Dame once every three years either in their home stadium or at Notre Dame.
That does sound like present contracts with ND-Pitt and other ACC schools get to be honored. So that’s nice.
As for the basketball side of thing. The addition of a 15th team changes the structure of the schedule a little. Rather than one “protected” home-and-home, there will be two. Pitt already had Maryland for twice a year. Syracuse now becomes the second one.
The ACC will continue to play an 18-game conference schedule with the addition of Notre Dame. The scheduling model will be based on a two-partner format.
Each year, teams will play every league opponent at least once with the two partners playing home and away annually. In addition to the four annual games against partners, the remaining 14 conference games will feature home and away games with two rotating opponents and five home-only games and five road-only games.
The two-primary-partner format preserves competitive balance and builds upon traditional rivalries while providing the opportunity to create new ones.
Boston College – Notre Dame and Syracuse
Clemson – Florida State and Georgia Tech
Duke – North Carolina and Wake Forest
Florida State – Clemson and Miami
Georgia Tech – Clemson and Notre Dame
Maryland – Pitt and Virginia
Miami – Florida State and Virginia Tech
North Carolina – Duke and NC State
NC State – North Carolina and Wake Forest
Notre Dame – Boston College and Georgia Tech
Pitt – Maryland and Syracuse
Syracuse – Boston College and Pitt
Virginia – Maryland and Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech – Miami and Virginia
Wake Forest – Duke and NC State
Following the regular season, the ACC Tournament format will continue to feature all league members. The Tournament will begin with three games on Wednesday, followed by four games on Thursday and Friday, two semifinals on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday. The top four seeds will continue to receive byes into Friday’s quarterfinal round.
In the annual ACC/B1G Challenge, the decision was made to include the 12 teams with the best RPI from the previous year.
Mildly surprised Pitt wasn’t handed ND in basketball because of geography. But I really do love having Cuse twice a year.