ACC Releases Future Schedule Information
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October 1, 2003

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday, the plans for future football and basketball scheduling models following the ACC Fall Meetings in Charlottesville, Va.

In football, Virginia Tech will play Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Wake Forest in both 2004 and 2005. The Hokies will host Duke, Maryland, North Carolina State and Virginia in 2004 and will host Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Wake Forest in 2005.

The league did not release any opponents past the 2005 season due to uncertainties surrounding the championship game. The ACC decided to develop a flexible, two-year schedule for the 2004 and 2005 football seasons that will allow the league to be one division if there is not a championship game or two separate divisions if the ACC is able to have a championship game. After two years, the schedule and divisional alignment will be re-evaluated for fairness and balance.

It was also announced that with basketball, the men will play a 16-game conference schedule while the women will play a 14-game conference schedule. Each school has primary partners (two for the men and four for the women). A primary partner is a team that you are guaranteed to play twice - home and away - each year. Each school will have primary partners assigned which can be changed, after a minimum of two seasons of play. Rotating partners are the remaining schools that a team will play a combination of once or twice in any given season.

For Virginia Tech, its primary partners for 2004 and 2005 for men's basketball are Miami and UVa. For the women, their primary partners will be Miami, Maryland, Florida State and Virginia.

The ACC said that the full schedule designating all opponents for basketball would be announced after the New Year. The ACC basketball tournament will be an 11-team tournament and both Virginia Tech and Miami will receive a pro-rated number of ACC Men's Basketball tickets. In 2005, they will receive one-third the full amount. Tech and Miami will receive two-thirds in 2006 and will receive the full allotment of men's tickets starting in 2007.