Clemson drops series with Ole Miss, Oklahoma State

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Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips talks about Clemson's planned athletic facilities upgrades.

— The first major reality of the ACC’s new nine-game football schedule hit home for Clemson Wednesday.

Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips confirmed that CU and Ole Miss had mutually agreed to terminate their nonconference home-and-home series, set for 2015-16. In addition, Phillips said that Clemson’s home-and-home with Oklahoma State, tentatively set for 2019-20, was also being cancelled.

It is a direct result of the schedule pressures applied by the ACC’s new football schedule, expected to go into place for 2013. Syracuse announced this week that it had reached a settlement to join the ACC on July 1, 2013, and Pitt announced Tuesday night that it had reached a similar agreement with the Big East to join that day, too.

Once that happens, a nine-game ACC schedule will begin which alternates between four and five home league games. That schedule, plus the continued home-and-home rivalry series with South Carolina, forced Clemson’s hand.

“We didn’t want to get out of that series,” Phillips said. “It’s a good series. We did save the Georgia series (in 2013-14), and that was extremely important. But given the realities of other universities at our level, we need to play seven home games.

“A home-and-home situation, we just can’t do it. I hate it. I’d like to keep the series. But reality demands in the long term that we keep seven home games every year, with the Georgia series being the exception.”

Phillips said that paperwork has been sent to Oklahoma State to cancel the series, and that OSU “understands.”

“The paperwork has been sent so they didn’t get their schedule in a bind, held up at the last minute,” he said. “We’re working through that.”

Ole Miss replaced Clemson with regional rival Memphis. Clemson does not have replacements set for the Rebels or Cowboys, but Phillips said they would be programs which do not require return games.

Another possibility would be playing marquee season-opening games like this season’s opener against Auburn in Atlanta’s Chick-fil-A Classic.

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Terri (Inactive) writes:

Can someone please explain why it is necessary to play a nine game ACC schedule? The SEC maintains an eight game schedule, don't they?

Has there been an official explanation?

savagetiger writes:

WOW :+{

kaplony writes:

in response to Terri:

Can someone please explain why it is necessary to play a nine game ACC schedule? The SEC maintains an eight game schedule, don't they?

Has there been an official explanation?

The ACC is pointing the finger at ESPN, but the 9th conference game was decided long before contract negotiations began.

The reality is the NC schools were already mad that they don't all play every year, and adding two more teams to the conference and keeping the 8 game schedule would make it where they play less often.

Bleedsorange writes:

Ok so crap like this is what I(we) knew was coming.also what would the harm be in keeping the current 8 game schedule? Any one see a reason? Besides some weaker teams complaining about who plays who?

MoncksTater writes:

It measures out to be simple economics.. TDP sees the SEC money and is trying to keep the Tigers in the money race.. falling in a hole.

Terri (Inactive) writes:

in response to kaplony:

The ACC is pointing the finger at ESPN, but the 9th conference game was decided long before contract negotiations began.

The reality is the NC schools were already mad that they don't all play every year, and adding two more teams to the conference and keeping the 8 game schedule would make it where they play less often.

I sorta understand what you're saying. I fail to see how ESPN would give a hoot. They could just air the most attractive game.
The North Carolina thing....Yeah, I see vaguely how that might indirectly benefit the weak sisters of the league.
But the fact is, Clemson, FSU, Va Tech, Miami, and Ga Tech are the big dogs on the block.

Each of those schools(Va Tech less so) is hurt, and hurt big, by the nine game schedule. Ole Miss is much, much more attractive than Wofford...even though Wofford could probably beat Ole Miss. And because we're forced to cancel Ole Miss to get a home/home with Wofford because we HAVE to schedule Syracuse...with their throng of 250 traveling fans and a roaring crowd of 25,000 on their home field....

All I'm saying is somebody has let somebody else dictate the terms and ain't looking out for the homefolks...unless I'm missing something....which is entirely possible.

I would just like for a reporter to ask TDP why he accepted the terms, why it is necessary, and WHO made the decision.
To my knowledge, that hasn't been done.

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