Notre Dame to join ACC in football for 2020 season

Tanya Simon
July 30, 2020

The ACC's schedule released Wednesday allowed for 10 conference game plus one non-conference opponent. That nonconference game must be played in the home state of the ACC school.

"We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future", ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. Our institutions are committed to taking the necessary measures to facilitate the return in a safe and responsible manner. "We will be as prepared as possible should that need arise".

The ACC will allow its teams to play 11 games in the upcoming season - 10 against conference opponents and one against a nonconference team. The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame are considering whether the Fighting Irish will give up their treasured football independence for the 2020 season play as a member of the league.

Wednesday's announcement will force ACC schools like Florida State and Miami to modify their schedules. All television revenue for the 2020 season, including Notre Dame's home games broadcast by NBC, will be shared equally by all 15 institutions.

According to the game contract, which the Idaho Statesman acquired through an open records request, the home team was required to pay the visitors $400,000, and Florida State's payment was due February 20.

The ACC's university presidents approved plans for a schedule with 10 conference games and one nonconference, and for pushing back both the first week of the season (from Labor Day weekend to the weekend of September 12) and the league championship game (from December 5 to either December 12 or 19).

For the state of Kentucky, that likely means the annual Governor's Cup tilt between Kentucky and Louisville, a member of the ACC, will remain on the schedule in 2020.

Ron Counts is the Boise State beat writer for the Idaho Statesman. Currently, Notre Dame has nonconference games scheduled against Arkansas, Navy and Western Michigan.

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Also in danger is Notre Dame's game against Navy.

The plan says that teams in winter and spring sports may continue workouts, but the league is canceling any out-of-season fall competitions for golf, tennis, rowing, lacrosse, softball and baseball.

Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that the majority of SEC athletic directors had approved the plan, with league presidents set to meet virtually Thursday to discuss the proposal.

"We are encouraged with the ACC announcement today regarding fall sports competition", U of L Athletics Director Vince Tyra said.

"As a league, we understand the need to stay flexible and be prepared to adjust as medical information evolves in conjunction with local and state health guidelines".

The top two teams based on conference-game winning percentage will meet in the ACC championship game, scheduled for either December 12 or December 19 in Charlotte. Additional games against conference opponents or nonconference opponents will be left up for each school to decide.

Sports such as field hockey, soccer and volleyball will play a conference schedule "that meets the NCAA minimum amount of games".

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