AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- As other conferences around the country look to expand their conference schedule, the Atlantic Coast Conference is just fine with their league slate as it stands.
Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said he "hasn't heard any discussion" about moving to nine conference games, despite the Big Ten voting to do so and rumblings that the Southeastern Conference could join them.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said the coaches went over the issue and unanimously agreed that they preferred to stay with an eight-game schedule.
"Everyone has to pave their own way," Swinney said. "I just think that's the consensus of the ACC coaches.
"A lot of us already have a really quality non-conference opponents, plus adding Notre Dame in there."
The league originally voted to expand the schedule to nine games, but went back to eight after it struck a deal with Notre Dame in which the Irish will play each ACC team once every three years.
"When you're a school like us, [you'd be] playing Notre Dame, South Carolina, plus nine conference games," Swinney said. "It just kind of limits you in what you can do on your out-of-conference scheduling."
But ACC teams will not shy away from continuing to schedule Division I-AA teams. Big Ten officials agreed earlier this year to stop scheduling teams from the lower tier in the interest of beefing up non-conference scheduling, but ACC coaches seem content with keeping one Division I-AA team per year on their schedules.
New York, New York?
A day after Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said the ACC men's basketball tournament would be "difficult to pull away" from Greensboro, N.C., it seems like he and the rest of the contingent hoping for a move to Madison Square Garden in New York made some unlikely progress.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said the other coaches were "receptive" of moving the tournament to New York, but noted that it could still be tough to change the "entrenched opinions" within the league.
"What made the Big East, what's the one common denominator?" Boeheim said. "Going to New York City, playing the semifinals on Friday night, playing the finals Saturday night.
"Every kid in the country wants those games."
The ACC has a contract with Greensboro Coliseum that runs through 2015. Pederson said he wasn't sure of the time frame involved in selecting the host beyond that.
Bowl questions remain
One of the hot topics this week has been setting up the ACC's future bowl schedule. Pederson didn't expect any major votes to take place Friday, but he has been serving on a bowl subcommittee exploring the league's options for 2014 and beyond.
From there, the athletic directors will discuss how to split up the bowl revenue. The league has traditionally distributed it equitably, but there has been talk of rewarding higher-finishing teams with a more substantial payout.
"I think everybody's of the same mindset that we want to make this good for the people that succeed, and we've got to put that into context once we know what our deals are," Pederson said.
Changes to Pitt-Notre Dame
For Pitt, an unfortunate consequence of Notre Dame's ACC football schedule rotation is that the Irish will no longer be an annual opponent.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said that was part of the "balance [Notre Dame] had to strike" in assessing its conference affiliation.
"We're still going to get to go to BC and still going to get to go to Pitt, and they're still going to come to us," Swarbrick said. "Not as frequently, perhaps, but in that sense we struck a great balance."
"We still have the opportunity to do that. We provide, I think, great value to the conference by getting around to all of it, so I think it works well both ways."
The Panthers have played Notre Dame in each of the past five years and 10 of the past 12. The Irish will come to Heinz Field in 2013 and 2015, but those are the only games between the two teams currently on the schedule.
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