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Pitt, Syracuse assigned ACC divisions; nine-game slate in the offing

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Those looking for the ACC to significantly revamp its divisional setup ahead of the additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the conference will be sorely disappointed.

The ACC announced Friday that Pittsburgh will be added to its Coastal Division while Syracuse will play in the Atlantic Division… and that’s it.  No other members will be moving to different divisions as some had projected.

“We have been engaged in discussions on the various options for integrating Pitt and Syracuse since early fall,” said ACC commissioner John Swofford in a statement. “It’s a tremendous tribute to the leadership at our schools that we will be able to seamlessly add Pitt and Syracuse at the appropriate time when they become full playing members.

Thus, the divisions will look as follows:

Boston College
Florida State
North Carolina State
Wake Forest

Georgia Tech
North Carolina
Virginia Tech

Additionally, the ACC confirmed in its press release that the conference will go to a nine-game schedule for football upon the arrival of the two current Big East members, which is expected to happen no later than the 2014 season.

The release states that “[t]he format will consist of each team playing all six in its division each year, plus its primary crossover partner each year and two rotating opponents from the opposite division.  This six-year cycle allows each team to play each divisional opponent and its primary crossover partner six times (three home and three away) while also playing each rotating crossover opponent two times (one home and one away).”

Moving to a nine-game league schedule could have one very big downside as well — the odds of the continuation of the Backyard Brawl between Pitt and West Virginia, not good to begin with, have decreased immensely.

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14 Responses to “Pitt, Syracuse assigned ACC divisions; nine-game slate in the offing”
  1. pabstman says: Feb 3, 2012 1:10 PM

    Poor, poor ACC. WTH are ya’ll going to do when your True FB programs leave for greener pastures?
    I know, become the BE 2.0…better stop letting Tobacco Row dictate how the conference handles it’s business… oops too late!

  2. sirmixalotalotalot says: Feb 3, 2012 1:37 PM

    @pabstman…I am fairly certain you didn’t watch much of the old big east when Tech, Miami, Pitt, Cuse, BC were all there.

    The ACC got the only 5 schools that had a good football tradition and solid academics. West VA has solid football but isn’t on par with any other school in the ACC academically.

    The 5 schools added to the ACC recently have Heisman winners, National Coaches of the Year, previous #1 draft picks, and national championships or have played in the national title game.

    Tobacco Road may have power on basketball, but it holds very little weight on the football side of things. Tech, Miami, Florida State are still your power teams there and Clemson seems to want to join that party.

  3. takingbovadasmoney says: Feb 3, 2012 1:38 PM

    Pitt in the Coastal? What, is this the Big Ten?

  4. pabstman says: Feb 3, 2012 1:48 PM

    WRONG!! I watched plenty of the old BE FB and today’s BE FB.

    While it is true the ACC HAS (in the way distant past +10 yrs) done those things, it would appear the ACC is trending toward a BB conf…thus the BE comparison.

    Do some research, Clemson and maybe FSU is getting ready to jump…to greener pastures.

  5. florida76 says: Feb 3, 2012 1:55 PM

    Always felt regardless of the sport, geography should be the first priority when setting up divisions. Don’t understand what the ACC and Big Ten are doing. Wish the ACC had gone with a North/South format:


    Pitt, BC, Syracuse, Maryland, UVA, VT, and Wake


    GT, Miami, FSU, Clemson, Duke, UNC, and NC State

  6. drummerhoff says: Feb 3, 2012 1:57 PM

    This is cosmetic …

    The ACC added Cuse & Pitt so they can STAY at 12. Once the SEC (and maybe Big12 & Big10?) pick-off ACC schools, Swofford can string toether the remaining pieces into 2 permanant divisions.

  7. drummerhoff says: Feb 3, 2012 2:06 PM

    Here’s what the highways billboards to/from Pitt & Maryland to/from Morgantown:

  8. sirmixalotalotalot says: Feb 3, 2012 2:10 PM

    @pabstman…you again have no idea what you are talking about…Clemson and FSU can’t jump because the SEC won’t let it happen. The SEC has said and continues to say that its members are not interested in adding schools from states where they already have members.

    The ACC is no way resembles the Big East because most of the Big East in Bball barely put in effort on the football side of things. Other than Duke, all of the ACC schools try like hell to be good at football. UNC lies, cheats, steals all it can to be good in football like they are in bball. In fact, all but maybe 2 schools in the ACC consider football to be their main sport.

    The reality is that there is very little in the way of conferences that are just good at only one sport like you are referring to. The Big 10 has now become very strong at bball to go with its football tradition. The Big 12 and SEC are similar and have several national championships in bball recently as well.

    Teams are uniting with conferences that will make them the most money as a whole. West VA joined the Big 12 and is sure to get beat up badly in the beginning but they will also make substantially more money despite the likely fall off it will suffer in football.

  9. thegamecocker says: Feb 3, 2012 3:28 PM


    You are absolutely on the money! The SEC will not allow schools from the same state into the league. Not needed, don’t want it. It won’t bring in any incremental revenue by adding Fla St or Clemson. Plus, neither Florida nor South Carolina want these two schools in the conference. They made their bed, let the two “Bitz” schools sleep in them. Hate Clemson and their pathetic social climbing fans and not a fan of Fla St. Also, West Virginia just SCORED AGAIN!!! LOL!!!

  10. pabstman says: Feb 3, 2012 5:39 PM

    @sirmix…I was not referring to Clemson and FSU going to the SEC. I’m well aware that the SEC won’t take them b/c 1.USCe and UF will block it 2. It wouldn’t expand the SEC’s foot print.

    However, the B12 will take Clemson and FSU.

    I do expect the SEC to take one of the NC schools and one or more of VT and/or UVA.

    The B12 will make more money than the ACC…period.

  11. sd1024 says: Feb 4, 2012 3:52 AM

    …you guys feel better now?

  12. thegamecocker says: Feb 4, 2012 9:53 AM

    Let me see, Clemson & FSU to the Big 12 and one of the NC schools and VA schools to the SEC….ugh, I REALLY DON’T THINK SO!!! You truly believe the ACC would fold? Some people see things as they are and ask why, some people dreams things that never were and say why not. I HATE CLEMSON…but if that ever happens, I will become a DEVOUT CLEMSON FAN! It is never going to happen! And in this case the word NEVER is locked in stone. And WEST VA JUST RECOVERED A CLEMSON FUMBLE…..

  13. clemsonu1 says: Feb 10, 2012 8:12 AM

    Man i am glad a clown like you hates clemson. But as you know clemson is on there way to the top and the other ucs does not have a CHANCE to get to the league championship ha ha ha cocks suck

  14. thegamecocker says: Feb 10, 2012 8:36 AM


    I realize reality can be hurtful but do check out the past three years of Clemson vs. Carolina in any field of sport. Does the word “DOMINATION” come to your reptilian size brain? Probably not. That is why I am here to assist you. Knocking you out in the College World Series a few years back delighted me so much and then winning the NC was incredible. Beating Clemson in Bball the last two seasons with the worst team in the SEC delighted me beyond compare! Coach Staley’s Lady Gamecocks? Same result. Then we come to FOOTBALL: the results speak for themselves. THE University of South Carolina resides in Columbia. You should tell that to your esteemed football coach. That guy has generated more bulletin board material for the HBC than anyone. Perhaps you too should consider this action: STFU!

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