Provost Dori Helms says Clemson will work through logistical issues of Thursday night home game

2013 ACC schedule, due to be released today at 3 p.m., will include a Thursday ESPN home date for Tigers

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney greets linebacker Jonathan Willard at the bottom of the hill on senior night.

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney greets linebacker Jonathan Willard at the bottom of the hill on senior night.

Clemson will host a Thursday night, nationally-televised football game next fall as part of the ACC's 2013 schedule, which will be released by the conference office later today.

In an email letter to Clemson's students and faculty, university Provost Dori Helms said the school will host a Thursday game for the first time in 11 years, as part of its commitment to the ACC and its television contract with ESPN.

Helms is filling in for Clemson President James Barker, who is recovering from heart surgery.

"The ACC must fill a certain number of Thursday night slots each year, and the conference office asks each member school to participate in the rotation," Helms wrote. "The contractual arrangement guarantees the conference a nationally televised appearance in prime time.

"For many years, our position has been that Thursday night games at Clemson present challenges not seen at many universities because our stadium is located in the middle of campus. However, we have an obligation to support the ACC’s television contract, from which we benefit. Since we have not hosted a Thursday home game in more than 11 years, it is clearly our turn. With adequate planning time, we can develop a strategy to minimize impact on the academic schedule and university operations. President Barker plans to appoint a team including faculty, staff and student leaders to assist with the planning."

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Bigboots writes:

Cancel Friday classes the day after the GT game on Thu night.
That will boost the atmosphere.

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