It looks like the Atlantic Coast Conference has ultimately ‘saved’ the tradition of NC State and UNC-CHeats playing an annual home-and-home basketball series. Teams will play two “primary partners” in an 18-game schedule. The two partners will play home & away annually; and the other 14 games are home & away games with 2 rotating opponents along with 5 home-only games and 5 road-only games. The Wolfpack will be paired with North Carolina and Wake Forest.
You can click here for the entire release and see the primary partners of everyone. Oddly, Notre Dame’s primary partners in hoops partners are Boston College and Georgia Tech.
On the football side, the ACC will play an eight-game football conference schedule starting in 2013.
The ACC will play an eight-game football conference schedule starting in 2013 due to the league’s scheduling agreement with Notre Dame, industry sources told ESPN.
The ACC had approved a plan for a nine-game conference schedule for 2013. However, league members decided to go with an eight-game schedule instead after Notre Dame joined the ACC in a full member for all sports except football.
Notre Dame will play five non-conference games annually against ACC teams beginning in 2013. The Irish said they will exit the Big East as an Olympic sport member as soon as they can negotiate a deal with the conference.
I like this move for many reasons. While folks like CBS’ Dennis Dodd tries to make a big deal about the impact of the strength of the schedule relative to the coming playoff system, I don’t see much of the risk. I personally like the flexibility of scheduling someone else on the non-conference side of the equation.
Lastly, the ACC Baseball Championship will feature 10 teams in a six-day event starting in 2014. A double-elimination format will be used Tuesday through Friday followed by two single-elimination games on Saturday and the Championship Game on Sunday. That is called ‘pressure’.