GREENSBORO— The Atlantic Coast Conference has forged seven football bowl game partnerships that will be effective through the 2019 season.
On Thursday, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced the news for a conference that is looking to improve its collective play on the football field and contend on a national stage.
“We are extremely pleased to announce relationships with this outstanding collection of future bowl partners,” said Swofford. “Each of these premiere bowls is recognized for its excellence, and they collectively combine to offer our 15-member league more flexibility, improved financials, marquee match-ups and attractive destinations.”
The new agreements include increased net financial revenues to the Conference, reduced ticket obligations, greater flexibility in selection of bowl teams to ensure the best possible match-ups, and prioritized geographical proximity for better access for fans.
In total, the league has reached agreements with the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando; the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas; the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.; the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.; the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.
The ACC champion will again be headingto the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami if that team is not in the College Football Playoff. If the Discover Orange Bowl is hosting one of the semifinal games of the College Football Playoff, the ACC champion will be slotted to play in one of the other host bowls of the playoff – the Fiesta Bowl or the Chick-fil-A Bowl – if not playing in a semifinal game.http://chapelboro.com/sports/acc/new-bowl-partnerships-set-for-acc/
CHAPEL HILL – It’s official. Notre Dame will play basketball as a member of the ACC next year.
Big East presidents gathered Tuesday morning to vote on allowing the Irish to depart the conference effective July 1. This announcement comes amidst the deterioration of the old Big East, but while it’s making a major shift, it’s not going away.
Seven schools within the conference—known as the ‘Catholic Seven’—have agreed to take the Big East name and create a new basketball-dominated conference. According to ESPN, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Villanova will possibly be joined by Butler, Creighton, Dayton, St. Louis, and Xavier to create the 12-member league.
It was known that Notre Dame was coming to the ACC since September. The announcement was made by the school’s president Father John Jenkins and athletic director Jack Swarbrick at a press conference with the ACC held in Chapel Hill. Notre Dame was expected to have to pay an exit fee of $2.5 million to leave before 2015, but because the school did not request any of the league’s revenue from entrance and exit fees in the last few years, no exit fee is necessary.
In October, the ACC announced changes in the schedule to accommodate for the addition of Notre Dame as well as Syracuse and Pittsburgh. The 16-member league in basketball will see 18-game conference schedules—just as they did this year—but will only play two teams twice. North Carolina is paired with Duke and NC State; Duke is paired with UNC and Wake Forest; and NC State has UNC and Wake Forest.