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The ACC emerged from a meeting in Boston this week with some kinks worked out from it’s recent deal with Notre Dame. The most newsworthy piece of information that was included in the ACC’s press release was the conference’s decision to stick to an eight game football schedule, instead of increasing it to nine, which was originally planned.
For Virginia Tech, that means less meetings with Florida State and Clemson, which does hurt a bit. Also, the Hokies will now need to look for a 4th out of conference game for next season now that Pitt is an ACC game and the conference will stay at eight league games. That means some local FCS schools are going to be receiving some phone calls shortly.
Also in the press release was the re-worked ACC Basketball tournament, which now has to accommodate 15 teams. However, the format will more or less stay the same. There will be 3 games on Wednesday, featuring the bottom six in the ACC. The winners of those games will go on to play the 5-7 seeds on Thursday with the 8 and 9 seeds playing as well. The winners of those games will move onto Friday and will play one of the top 4 seeds. This new format includes a double bye for the top 4 seeds.
Lastly, the Hokies will continue to play Miami and UVA twice a year in basketball for the forseeable future. The ACC named two rivals per each team in the ACC (similar to cross-division rivalry games in football) and the Hokies drew UVA and Miami. The rest of the ACC will rotate on a year-to-year basis like the ACC has been doing. All of this will begin when Notre Dame joins the conference. That could be in 2013 or 2014, depending upon whether or not the Big East and The Fighting Irish work out a settlement.
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