Those were formed immediately after the school announced in September its intention to exit the Big East for the ACC. Big East bylaws require a 27-month departure notice, but if the conference splinters, that's moot.
Big East fracturing or not, Louisville would still have a 2013 football home with
While kicking Maryland to the curb to make way for Louisville in 2013 might feel good to some ACC officials, such a move would violate league bylaws and undermine the ACC's legal case for collecting its $52 million exit fee from the Terps.
So unless Maryland is prepared to write that check, which university officials say they are not, the Terps most likely will compete in the ACC for the 2013-14 sports year.
None of the Big East drama this week affects
When Notre Dame arrives as the 15th basketball school, the conference schedule will be 18 games. Teams will have two partners they play twice every season. In addition to those four annual games against partners, the remaining 14 conference games will include two each with two rotating opponents and one each against the remaining 10, five home and five away.
The partners are as follow.
Florida State: Clemson and
Georgia Tech: Clemson and Notre Dame.
Maryland: Pitt and
Miami: Florida State and
North Carolina: Duke and
N.C. State: North Carolina and Wake Forest.
Notre Dame: Boston College and Georgia Tech.
Pitt: Maryland and Syracuse.
Syracuse: Boston College and Pitt.
Virginia: Virginia Tech and Maryland.
Virginia Tech: Virginia and Miami.
Wake Forest: Duke and N.C. State.
In 2014-15, Louisville replaces Maryland and becomes partners with Pitt and Virginia.
With 15 teams, the ACC tournament will start with three first-round games Wednesday between seeds 10-15. Those winners join seeds 5-9 for Thursday's four second-round games. The top four seeds have byes into Friday's quarterfinals.
If the ACC remains at 14 for basketball in 2013-14, then Wednesday's opening round of the tournament becomes two instead of three games. The regular-season league schedule would be 18 games, playing five teams twice and eight once.
The only guaranteed home-and-home pairings would be Virginia-Virginia Tech, Duke-North Carolina, Wake Forest-N.C. State, Clemson-Georgia Tech, Miami-Florida State, Maryland-Pittsburgh and Syracuse-Boston College.
How soon does the ACC need to know whether Notre Dame is available for 2013-14? No later than the end of January, the league source said.
That's darn little time given realignment's legal and financial entanglements.
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