AP: ACC ADs looking into football schedule, division shakeups

Clemson's Sammy Watkins, left, looks toward John Swofford, ACC Commissioner, on hand for Syracuse's first ACC game with the Tigers at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. Clemson won 49-14.

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Clemson's Sammy Watkins, left, looks toward John Swofford, ACC Commissioner, on hand for Syracuse's first ACC game with the Tigers at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. Clemson won 49-14.

The ACC's 14-team football schedule setup has caught the ire of at least one conference athletic director.

Associated Press writer Gary Fineout reports "internal emails" from ACC ADs that show plans to discuss a football schedule restructuring and a tweaking of the division structure in January. Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross is pushing the effort.

Gross cites a current setup that doesn't spread the wealth on games in the conference's major markets and regions.

"I strongly believe this is an urgent matter with significant branding, revenue and competitive fairness components," Gross told the AP.

Status quo for now is each school having one permanent cross-divisional rival and one more on a rotating basis. For example, Clemson won't play Virginia until 2020 in Death Valley and their next trip to Charlottesville won't come until after 2024.

The Syracuse AD said there's "obvious playing partners," but that doesn't hold true for the bulk of the conference.

Originally, the ACC was set to go to a nine-game schedule when Syracuse and Pittsburgh joined, which was nixed after schools with ACC-SEC rivalries voiced their displeasure.

Also in place starting 2014 is Notre Dame playing five games a season versus ACC teams.

Clemson's ACC Schedule 2014-16 (tentatively)

2014: Home - Louisville, N.C. State, North Carolina, Syracuse; Away - Boston College, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Wake Forest.

2015: Home - Boston College, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Wake Forest; Away - Louisville, Miami, N.C. State, Syracuse.

2016: Home - Louisville, N.C. State, Syracuse, Pittsburgh; Road - Boston College, Florida State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech

2014 ACC Divisions

Atlantic: Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, N.C. State, Syracuse, Wake Forest.

Coastal: Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech.

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BlueRidgeBengal writes:

i think the Syracuse AD sees a permanent division finish of no greater than 4th.

Mebbeimamazed writes:

Who is the Syracuse AD to be making demands to the rest of the ACC? He should be thanking his lucky stars that he got his school out of the 'dumpster fire' of the Big East/ American Athletic Conference.

Where is he going to go? The MAC?

He should shut up, be a good conference citizen and participate for a couple of years before flapping his gums!

TigerFan95 writes:

in response to Mebbeimamazed:

Who is the Syracuse AD to be making demands to the rest of the ACC? He should be thanking his lucky stars that he got his school out of the 'dumpster fire' of the Big East/ American Athletic Conference.

Where is he going to go? The MAC?

He should shut up, be a good conference citizen and participate for a couple of years before flapping his gums!

My sentiments exactly. Not only should they feel lucky to be members of the ACC, they should be pleased as punch with how the divisions are made-up now…Think about it--if our current members were divided geographically like they should be Syracuse would be in a division with the likes of BC, Pitt, VT, UVA, Louisville and one of the North Carolina teams like Wake or Duke. How appealing would that be to them? Right now they’re in the same division with the two biggest draws in the conference---FSU & Clemson. What are they complaining about? If they don’t like the way things are, they’re more than welcome to pay the $50 million exit fee and give up their TV rights for the next 10 years to leave...I would rather have a team like West Virginia or UCF in the conference anyway.

TRUETIGER1 writes:

The best solution is to fire Swofford and has been for years.

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