ACC coaches' conference call today will address nine-game schedule debate

Dan Radakovich says Clemson favors retaining the current eight-game format

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich chats with ACC Commissioner John Swofford before the Georgia Tech game

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Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich chats with ACC Commissioner John Swofford before the Georgia Tech game

The ACC's football coaches are holding a teleconference today to gauge support or opposition to a nine-game conference schedule, which was one of the topics discussed by the league's athletic directors and faculty representatives.

The coaches will present ideas they would like to have discussed at the ACC's spring meetings at Amelia Island, Fla. in May.

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

“That’s an important decision we’ll need to make in the near future,” Swofford said. "Several factors come into play there. One is the college football playoffs, what serves us best in terms of giving our teams the best opportunity to be in the playoff, and what gives us the most opportunities going forward television-wise and how does that fold into any discussions about a potential channel. Those are discussions that will continue.”

When the ACC expanded to 14 teams, it originally adopted a nine-game schedule, but then went back to an eight-game slate after schools with high-profile non-conference rivalries - Clemson, Georgia Tech and Florida State - objected.

Clemson AD Dan Radakovich said Wednesday that Clemson remains opposed to the nine-game schedule, especially since the addition of regular games with Notre Dame "really makes it eight and a third."

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