Discussions About Expanded Schedules on the ACC Agenda

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Officials from all 12 ACC schools traveled to Amelia Island, FL on Sunday to
take part in the annual ACC meetings. Five years ago, the major topic was
expansion of the league, but this time, it’s expansion of the schedules in
football and men’s basketball that’s being discussed.

Basketball Schedule Expansion

Talk of going to an 18-game basketball schedule has been going on around the
ACC for a few years now, and it’s gradually gaining momentum. Most, if not all
of the ACC coaches have been opposed to the idea, but that attitude has been
changing in recent months for some of them. That includes Virginia Tech coach
Seth Greenberg.

The argument against going to an 18-game schedule is simple. You already play
enough tough games in the ACC. Why add more? With the exception of Boston
College, and UVA when Sean Singletary was injured, there was no easy out in the
ACC this past year. And even BC featured Tyrese Rice, one of the best players in
the conference. The bottom of the ACC is a lot tougher than the bottom of other
conferences, so adding two games doesn’t guarantee any wins, even if you draw
one of the lower teams.

The only argument for an 18-game schedule was more television money, until
this past March, when only four ACC teams made it to the NCAA tournament,
despite the conference being ranked #1 in the RPI. Virginia Tech, who finished
9-7 in the ACC and won 19 overall games after advancing to the ACC Tournament
semifinals, was left out because they lacked quality wins.

That quickly changed Seth Greenberg’s tune. Greenberg had been adamantly
against schedule expansion in the past, but now it appears that he’s reversing
his course. He told the Charlotte Observer recently:

"You’ve always got to in a way, not reinvent yourself, but improve
yourself," Greenberg said. "We can’t sit back because we’re the

Leonard Hamilton, FSU head coach and another outspoken member of the ACC, had
this to say:

"When it appears that we’re always one of the top one or two conferences
in the country, it’s hard for