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Radakovich says scheduling decision looms as ACC meetings begin


  by - Senior Writer - Monday, May 12, 2014 9:59 AM
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The Atlantic Coast Conference’s annual spring meetings convene this week in Amelia Island, and the critical issue on the agenda is future conference football schedules. ACC officials will consider a proposal to expand the conference schedule from eight games to nine.

The SEC's recent decision to stick with an eight-game league schedule leaves the ACC as the lone conference among the power five that has yet to determine its future conference schedule, and Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich will lead the charge for the group that hopes the league sticks with the current eight game format.

No vote is guaranteed at the spring meetings, which will be held May 12-15, and I’ve been told by one source in the ACC office that a vote might not even occur. However, many athletic directors are hoping for some closure to the ongoing debate, including Radakovich.

“The last time we were together as athletic directors, we went back and forth on both sides,” Radakovich told TigerNet late last week. “That is why I am anxious to get there and talk this through to a conclusion. Clemson is in the camp – and we have been – we have kind of waved the flag and said that eight conference games works for us. We think it is best for the league and now it is just up to the other 13 members of the conference who play football to make up their mind and come to a decision.”

There is a perception by some that adding an additional conference game would bolster the strength of the conference and add scheduling flexibility within the conference. For schools like Clemson, however, that isn’t the case – the Tigers already play SEC rival South Carolina at the end of each season. Other schools that play SEC rivals each season are Florida St. (Florida), Louisville (Kentucky) and Georgia Tech (Georgia).

Also, if a nine game schedule were to go into effect, there would be years where Clemson would lose a home game. For example, the Tigers would play five home conference games and four on the road one year, and then four at home and five on the road the next. The league also has to weigh in the Notre Dame factor – there are years when Notre Dame would be added to the schedule and in effect give Clemson 11 games of significance.

On the opposite side of the fence, one of the biggest criticisms of the current format is the crossover opponent scheduling. ACC teams will play all of their rotating crossover opponents twice during a 12-year rotation, but not consecutively. FSU played Pitt in the season opener last year but won’t be back until 2025 or later. Louisville doesn’t get to play Virginia Tech before 2025. Virginia and Clemson played last season but won’t see each other again until 2020.

While the league’s coaches seem to be in favor of the eight game format, the league’s athletic directors have the final say. Despite the fact that Georgia Tech has the rivalry game against Georgia on the schedule each year, Tech AD Mike Bobinski told ESPN that he is in favor of the nine game format. The ESPN story said that half of the league’s athletic directors are in favor of nine league games.

One way to circumvent the nine game conference schedule would be for the league to establish a series of games between the conference and another power conference, and there were rumors that the ACC might look at working out something with the SEC.

Radakovich told TigerNet he also doesn’t see that happening.

“I think in football that is very difficult to formalize. In basketball we have the ACC-Big 10 Challenge. At the end they count up how many the ACC won and how many the Big 10 won and in some conference office somewhere there is a plaque,” he said. “Here, as it relates to football scheduling, we have four teams that play SEC rivals each and every year out of conference – Louisville, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Florida St. There are other SEC schools with their current new mandate of playing eight conference games and one of the power five conferences out of conference that will be seeking games.

“Now whether or not they go to the ACC or move over to the Big 12 or some other conferences, I don’t think people wanted to get formal about it because we have to play and will play those rivals. If you are one of the other ACC schools then you are left with the other SEC schools, and that might not be a good thing from a scheduling perspective. To formalize that would be very difficult.”

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New Story: Radakovich says scheduling decision looms as ACC meetings begin
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Re: New Story: Radakovich says scheduling decision looms as ACC meetings begin
CalvinCoolest
Re: New Story: Radakovich says scheduling decision looms as ACC meetings begin
lhaselden
"Those are the games that captivate fans" is so right why
AThomas®
Simple Solution
kgpittm®
They promised to stay at 8 to get the schools to accept
TigerD4Him
Re: They promised to stay at 8 to get the schools to accept
CharlieHarper
UNC didn't support initial expansion.***
josephg®
Re: They promised to stay at 8 to get the schools to accept
lhaselden
It's not that simple.....
BigCUFan®
Re: It's not that simple.....true but our whining about this
74TIGER
Re: It's not that simple.....true but our whining about this
fchrisgrimm
There are teams that have insisted on a 2 for 1 w/ Clemson?!
goclemsontigs
Yes...which is why we haven't done it.
BigCUFan®
Bahahaha...That will NEVER happen***
goclemsontigs
Yea...that's pretty much what we've told them...
BigCUFan®
Really? Look at who some of the others are playing...
TigerHawk76®
Re: They promised to stay at 8 to get the schools to accept
74TIGER
Do away with divisions
Black dog
Re: Simple Solution
74TIGER
Radakovich needs to worry about the sorry state of
Ga Tyger
Heaven forbid we use some common sense:
CU''90
Re: Heaven forbid we use some common sense:
fchrisgrimm
I would rather play a big-time non-conference game in the
AThomas®
Re: I would rather play a big-time non-conference game in the
fchrisgrimm
1. USuC every year. 2. Small Potatoes U 3. Big non-con game
AThomas®
Re: 1. USuC every year. 2. Small Potatoes U 3. Big non-con game
fchrisgrimm
What does a 9th ACC game do for Clemson?
AThomas®
Depends on who we play, year by year
fchrisgrimm
Our scheduling philosophy for the 4 non-conf games is
cutigerbob®
Re: Our scheduling philosophy for the 4 non-conf games is
fchrisgrimm
Can't disagree with that but at least they are FBS teams***
cutigerbob®
I think most of you forgot the reason
TigerD4Him
Re: I think most of you forgot the reason
fchrisgrimm
Common sense..by the ACC !?!?!?!
BigCUFan®
Deer ACC Athletic Deerrectors
cutigerbob®
Ewe got a fax number handy I can send this post to?***
CTiger423®
They need to change the ACC Championship ....
OhWiseOne®
Re: They need to change the ACC Championship ....
74TIGER
Re: They need to change the ACC Championship ....
OrangeFan95
Kind of torn on this one...
cutigerbob®
How do you measure when we are climbing on the SEC?
HumbleServant
Would 5-0 N. Dame go to the ACC-CG ahead of a 7-1 CU?***
Buffalo Creek Tiger
I hate all conferences. They keep good games from
AThomas®
Re: I hate all conferences. They keep good games from
CidTiger
So when we don't get picked because we don't have the SOS
AThomas®
Somebody at the home office is adamant about playing 9 games
BigCUFan®
Swoffie probably wants to be able to manipulate the schedule
SOLOS®
Re: Swoffie probably wants to be able to manipulate the schedule
74TIGER
All this is is that some of those "basketball"
AThomas®
Re: Somebody at the home office is adamant about playing 9 games
fchrisgrimm
All teams in the ACC will play each other AT LEAST every
Buffalo Creek Tiger
3 "pools" of teams.
Buffalo Creek Tiger
Re: New Story: Radakovich says scheduling decision looms as ACC meetings begin
I bleed orange
Re: New Story: Radakovich says scheduling decision looms as ACC meetings begin
fchrisgrimm
How do you get a "one power conference non-con game"
AThomas®
South Carolina
fchrisgrimm
Pencil UGA for me every year and the heck with mid-U State***
AThomas®
Re: Pencil UGA for me every year and the heck with mid-U State***
fchrisgrimm
We have been playing a major conference player since
AThomas®
Schedule a permanent home and home with UGA.
Completely Solid Orange®
We don't need two cupcakes every year.
fchrisgrimm
Wake goes north until we add Notre Dame and another yankee.
Completely Solid Orange®
Just eliminate the cross over opponent
OrangeATL
If we split the divisions up by north and south we could
Completely Solid Orange®
So, basically, screw Wake Forest?
fchrisgrimm
Yes, in the interest of the conference, screw Wake Forest.
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: So, basically, screw Wake Forest?
NorCATiger
I don't like the way UNC does business.
NorCATiger
Re: Just eliminate the cross over opponent
fchrisgrimm

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