ACC will stick with eight-game conference schedules


When the ACC unveiled its new seven-member divisions with the additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse back in February, the conference also confirmed that it would be moving to a nine-game conference schedule as well.

Yeah, scratch that.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported earlier today that the ACC was going to stick with an eight-game conference schedule because of the football partnership it has with Notre Dame. The ACC issued a release a short time later confirming the report.

“With the addition of Notre Dame playing five games annually against ACC teams, the league has determined it will play an eight-game conference schedule for 2013 and beyond,” the release states. “Divisions, primary crossover partners and rotating opponents from the opposite division will remain consistent to what was previously announced.”

The ACC announced last month that Notre Dame would become a member of the conference in all sports except football and hockey. As part of the agreement, Notre Dame will play five ACC opponents in football every year.

The Big 12 and Pac-12 play nine-game league schedules while the Big Ten and SEC play eight. However, the SEC has considered a nine-game schedule and could eventually move to one. With a four-team playoff expected to select teams with an emphasis on strength of schedule, it’s interesting to see how conferences draw their respective scheduling lines.

Dismissed by ‘Cuse, Ashton Broyld lands at West Georgia

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A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.

Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia.  Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.

There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves.  Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.

I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”

In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.

In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.