ACC Announces Conference Football Opponents for 2004-05


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Clemson, SC--The Atlantic Coast Conference released a preliminary
schedule format on Wednesday for the 2004-05 academic year. If the
conference holds a championship game in football, the league will be
divided into two divisions. If a championship game is not approved,
the league would be just one 11-team league.

Men's basketball will play a 16-game regular season format
and women's basketball will play 14 regular season games, the
conference announced.


Due to uncertainties surrounding the championship game, the ACC has
decided to develop a flexible, two year schedule for the 2004 and
2005 football seasons. Every ACC team will play eight conference
games, and Clemson would be placed in a division with Maryland, NC
State, Wake Forest and Florida State if the championship game is
approved. Clemson will not play North Carolina and Virginia Tech in
the next two seasons under the format. The 2004 season will be the
first time since 1956 that Clemson has not played North Carolina in
football.


The other Division would be composed of Duke, North Carolina, Miami
(FL), Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Virginia.


Next year Clemson will have six home games, as it will play host to
Maryland, Wake Forest, NC State, Georgia Tech and non-conference foes
Utah State and South Carolina. The Tigers will hit the road to play
Miami, Florida State, Virginia, Duke and non-conference foe Texas
A&M. Clemson's 2005 home schedule will include Texas A&M, Miami, and
Florida State in addition to Virginia, Duke and Louisiana-Monroe.


In men's basketball, the format allows each team to play every
institution at least once a year and a minimum of three times every
two years. Clemson is primary partners with Florida State and Georgia
Tech, meaning it is guaranteed to play those opponents home and away
every year. Primary partners may change after a minimum of two
seasons of play. Full scheduling is targeted to be complete sometime
in January.


In women's basketball, a 14-game regular season conference schedule
has been selected to allow greater flexibility in the scheduling of
on-conference opponents. Clemson's primary partners in women's
basketball are NC State, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Wake Forest.


All 11 schools will participate in the ACC basketball tournaments,
with the top five schools receiving a first-round bye. As a result,
the tournaments will be four days instead of the three days in past
years.


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