So many questions and so few answers.
That’s where we are after the announcement of the new alliance between the ACC, Big 10 and Pac 12. While there is supposed to be a scheduling component included, no one is quite sure what that is going to look like.
In an appearance on local radio station WCCP, Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich was asked about the impact this could have on certain out of conference games already on the books, such as the home and homes with Georgia, Oklahoma and LSU that are spread out over the next 15 years.
“I’m not sure,” Radakovich said. “Our Georgia game came out of necessity for both institutions looking at where we want to be at the end of the year and strength of schedules and all that.”
While he’s not sure it will have much impact on Clemson, seeing as the Tigers schedule is pretty much booked through 2036, Radakovich said it’s possible other ACC schools get some marquee matchups at some point down the road.
“As we look from our vantage point, we have our traditional Power-5 rivalry with South Carolina, plus one additional one booked through 2036,” Radakovich said. “So, I don’t know how active we might be in that market, but I think there will be other schools in the Big Ten and the Pac-12 and the ACC that will utilize that to fill some holes in their schedules.”
At the same time, no one knows what the future may hold. With the landscape seemingly changing every other day, Radakovich said nothing was set in stone, but as it stands currently, it’s more about the schools of all three confernces being on the same page when it comes to important issues moving forward.
“It could end up, if things change, and leagues look at how many games they’re playing in their conference, if some leagues move back, maybe that opens up some opportunities in the future,” Radakovich said. “Right now, the alliance is partially about scheduling and various events in football and men’s and women’s basketball, but more about 41 like-minded institutions, broad-based programs looking to deal in legislative activities that will keep the collegiate model as is.”
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