Radakovich says scheduling decision looms as ACC meetings begin


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