Al Golden, Frank Beamer favor nine-game ACC schedule

Not many of their SEC counterparts like the possibility of playing a nine-game conference schedule, but Miami’s Al Golden and Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer supported the idea for the ACC. I wrote about the SEC’s nine-game quandary yesterday.

Both talked about the potential schedule change on Wednesday’s league teleconference.

Duke’s David Cutcliffe and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney still favor the eight-game schedule, with Swinney adding that he likes the flexibility that playing eight ACC games gives Clemson.

ACC commissioner John Swofford told ESPN.com in February that there is “considerable support” for a nine-game league schedule.

New ACC member Louisville is playing a full conference schedule this fall and partial member Notre Dame gradually has been added to the conference mix. The Irish play four ACC games this fall and six in 2015, including Boston College in Fenway Park.

The ACC and SEC are the last of the Power 5 conferences — which include the Pac-12, Big 12 and Big Ten — without nine-game conference schedules. The Big Ten will play a nine-game conference schedule in 2016.

ACC ADs approved the nine-game schedule in 2011, but the addition of Notre Dame caused schedule inflexibility and the league reverted to its eight-game slate.

A move to nine games could be on the horizon.

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[...] Al Golden, Frank Beamer favor nine-game ACC schedule [...]

DawgNole

April 24th, 2014
7:34 pm

GTBob
April 24th, 2014
2:45 pm
. . . The coaches of the SEC and ACC really need to grow some balls . . . .
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Co-damn-sign!!!

(See, I actually agree with you once in a blue moon.)

DawgNole

April 24th, 2014
7:32 pm

HotDawg
April 23rd, 2014
9:50 pm
. . . fsu would never have been undefeated if they played in a real conference.
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Woulda shoulda coulda IF.

FSU drilled fla and Clemson and scored 31 of the last 41 points in the NC game vs SEC King Auburn. Playing in a tougher conference is irrelevant when a team (Auburn in this case) has FIVE weeks to “heal up” from the regular-season schedule.

GTBob

April 24th, 2014
2:45 pm

Here is a quote from David Cutcliffe about the topic:

I wouldn’t be truthful if I didn’t tell you that the coaches lean heavily towards eight. That’s where we are

The coaches of the SEC and ACC really need to grow some balls. This was Dukes OOC schedule last year: NC Central, Memphis, Troy, Navy. Oh gee David, it would be really terrible if you had to replace one of them with a real opponent wouldn’t it?

GTBob

April 24th, 2014
2:40 pm

I would love to see an ACC team and an SEC team swap conferences for a year.

Yeah, I doubt an ACC team could ever beat an SEC team. Teams like UGA, Florida, Kentucky, Auburn, they simply never lose to ACC teams. The thought of that happening is unfathomable.