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ACC Announces Plans for Football and Fall Olympic Sports

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference Board of Directors announced that if public health guidance allows, all seven ACC sponsored fall sports will begin competition during the week of Sept. 7-12.

“We are pleased with the plan we have adopted for fall sports in the ACC,” said FSU Director of Athletics David Coburn. “The plan to play an 11-game football schedule and, in our case, making an accommodation for our long-standing game against Florida is very positive. However, we regret that we will have to cancel the non-conference games we worked hard to schedule

ACC Football:
The season’s first games will take place the week of Sept. 7-12…The 2020 scheduling model includes 11 games (10 plus one: 10 conference and one non-conference)….All non-conference game opponents, selected by the respective school, must be played in the home state of the ACC institution, and all non-conference opponents must meet the medical protocol requirements as agreed upon by the ACC……The 11 games will be played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates…There will be one division….Notre Dame will also play a 10-game conference schedule and be eligible to compete in the 2020 ACC Football Championship Game….. The ACC Football Championship Game will be played on either Dec. 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., and will feature the top two teams based upon highest conference-game winning percentage….All 15 teams will continue to be part of the ACC’s bowl selection process; should Notre Dame win the ACC Football Championship Game they would be eligible for the Orange Bowl, if not selected as a College Football Playoff semifinal team.

“We certainly understand the ACC is doing what they feel is in the best interest of the conference and the health of their teams, staff and student athletes, and as our partners, we support them in that decision,” noted Gary Stokan, CEO & President, Peach Bowl, Inc. “However, we are disappointed we will lose the opportunity to host Florida State, Virginia and North Carolina and their fans in our scheduled Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games this season.We still look forward to hosting two top 10 teams in our Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.”

ACC Fall Olympic Sports:
Fall Olympic Sports competition may begin on Thursday, Sept. 10…Team sports will play a conference schedule that meets the NCAA minimum amount of games: field hockey (6), women’s soccer (6), men’s soccer (6) and volleyball (10)…..Schools will continue to schedule regular season cross country competitions at their discretion…..Any additional games against conference opponents or non-conference opponents are at the respective school’s discretion and all opponents must meet the ACC’s medical standards…..Any additional games against conference opponents that are beyond the conference-mandated schedules would not count in the ACC standings….The cross country championships will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on Oct. 30, and include all fifteen member schools….The field hockey championship will be held at Duke University on Nov. 5, 6 and 8….The women’s soccer championship will include the top four teams and be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on Nov. 6 and 8, as previously announced….The men’s soccer championship will include the top four teams and be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on Nov. 13 and 15.

“Today’s decision was made after months of thoughtful planning by numerous individuals throughout the conference,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The Board’s decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition. Our institutions are committed to taking the necessary measures to facilitate the return in a safe and responsible manner. We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future. We will be as prepared as possible should that need arise.”

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