Last year, in the pandemic season, fans of the ACC got a glimpse of what conference play without divisions would look like.
Instead of the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions playing one another in Charlotte, the league just sent the teams with the two best records to the ACC Championship Game. While it was a rematch from the regular season, it was the best possible matchup the league could have had and provided it with the most exposure.
For the upcoming season, the conference will go back to divisional play, but ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips told ESPN that the league will in fact try and scrap the divisions altogether at some point in the future.
“That’s something that we’re going to want to do,” Phillips told ESPN on Thursday. “To test the waters to see if we can go with no divisions like we did last year. We saw what that could look like.”
While the divisions have worked fairly well up to this point, Phillips said that does not mean it always will and the new commissioner wants to be proactive when it comes to ACC Football.
“I don’t think you can be married to everything that you’ve done,” Phillips said. “Then you get just so cemented in what’s been done in the past or, or what you think is best for you. I think it’s going to take a lot of a lot of flexibility across all of our schools to understand what that new model looks like for ACC football.”
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