Syracuse AD seeking change in scheduling

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Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross wants a change to the Atlantic Coast Conference's current eight-game league football schedule, and league officials will discuss it at meetings late next month.

Gross raised the possibility in email to ACC athletic directors and commissioner John Swofford. The email was obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, and it calls for a discussion on the subject due to the large time gap between road games involving cross-division teams.

Gross contends certain programs are at a disadvantage when the schedule keeps them from regularly playing in major markets such as Boston, Atlanta and Miami. One of Gross' suggestions is to have a nine-game conference schedule. The five conference teams are left off a team's schedule one year must be there the next, likely eliminating some yearly rivalry games such as Florida State-Miami.

"There are some playing-partner scheduling that simply don't need to be maintained," Gross wrote.

"In fact I believe it would be in the best interest to prioritize playing multiple members of the conference over having a playing-partner. I do understand creating rivalry inventory however it may be better to be more creative with the rivalry concept annually than to force them over the long term."

Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson declined comment on Gross' concerns. He previously has said he is satisfied with the current model of eight conference games along with the Notre Dame rotation.

The eight-game format dictates each team plays its entire division every year. There also is one standing game against an opponent from the opposite division. For example, Florida State plays Miami every year.

On the other hand, Syracuse visited Georgia Tech this season but won't return until 2027 at the earliest.


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