On Tuesday this week, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported that ACC presidents were not expected to make a decision on Wednesday (7/29) regarding preposed reformatted schedules for the 2020 ACC football season. The decision on how to hold a football season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic could come later in the week, or even next week — after the next NCAA Board of Governors meeting on Aug. 4.
For weeks now, the end of July has been viewed as a bit of a deadline for having a 2020 schedule in place. The could end up as a bit of a soft deadline if discussions continue into August. The ACC has continued to kick the can down the road, but real estate is about to run out.
ESPN’s Andrea Adelson chimed in early Wednesday morning to note that ACC presidents could still vote on the schedule today (7/29); however, there’s a lack of certainty if this will in fact happen.
The league remains in favor of an 11-game schedule for the 2020 season: 10 conference games and one non-conference matchup. Adelson notes, under these conditions, the season would start on Sept. 12.
Adding some context here – Heard from multiple ACC folks who said they have no idea what will happen today. Some under the impression 10+1 with Sept. 12 start date was good to go. If there is no decision, next meeting is Aug. 5, day after NCAA BOG meets … https://t.co/DuIpQuZPqU
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) July 29, 2020
If this format is voted on and approved, I’m not sure how the Sept. 12 start date would impact the 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games, which involve three ACC programs, two of which are scheduled for earlier in the month of September.
- Florida State vs. West Virginia, Sept. 5
- Virginia vs. Georgia, Sept. 7
- North Carolina vs. Auburn, Sept. 12