Coaches bristle at nine-game proposal

Amelia Island, Fla. — If the football coaches in the ACC have their way, Tuesday’s discussion about a possible nine-game conference schedule will be short.

The ACC currently plays an eight-game conference schedule. Coaches don’t want a nine-game schedule because they say it could negatively affect bowl eligibility. Those who want the nine-game schedule point to the potential of more TV revenue.

“There are a lot of details that would have to be explained to me,” Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson said Monday morning during the annual ACC Spring Meetings. “But I don’t think any of the coaches believe that this is the way to go.”

Before they take their recommendations to their presidents, the athletics directors will meet with the coaches today and lay out the problems, the biggest of which is scheduling.

The ACC has the not-so-notable distinction of having three teams (Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State) that will be playing two Division I-AA opponents at home during the 2008 college football season. Those games usually aren’t broadcast on TV, and aren’t attended as well.

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5/12/08