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Swofford: Notre Dame ‘In Mix’ if ACC Cancels Non-Conference Games



If the Atlantic Coast Conference follows suit with the Big Ten Conference’s decision to play only conference football games, Notre Dame would “likely,” still be able to play ACC teams, commissioner John Swofford told David Teel of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Pitt is among the six ACC teams that Notre Dame is scheduled to play in 2020, with the Fighting Irish set to visit Heinz Field on Oct. 17.

Notre Dame also has games scheduled against Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Wake Forest as part of its long-term scheduling alliance with the ACC for football. Notre Dame is an ACC member in all other sports that the conference sponsors.

The Irish already lost one game with the Big Ten’s decision to cancel its non-conference games. Notre Dame had been scheduled to play Wisconsin on Oct. 3.

If other conferences make similar decisions, it could be tough for independent schools to fill their schedules this fall.

The ACC has decided to push back the start of its fall sports season for all schools and teams to Sept. 1, a decision that did not impact any previously scheduled football games.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 year ago

So dumb. Such little logic behind the potential decision.

  1. ND either joins the ACC full time or they don’t. No one season BS allowance. If they’re too good to join a conference pre Chinese coronavirus, they can be left out and burn a season.
  2. Our non conference games are closer geographically (as is the case with many other schools’ games) than most of our conference games.
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