ACC unveils scheduling plans for 14-team league

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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The Atlantic Coast Conference will play a nine-game schedule in football and every team will compete in the ACC basketball tournaments once Syracuse and Pittsburgh join the league.

The league announced Friday how it will incorporate the schools once they leave the Big East Conference. ACC commissioner John Swofford says it's still unclear when that will happen since Big East bylaws require a 27-month notice for a school to leave.

The league will leave its division alignments in place for football. Syracuse will join the Atlantic Division and Pittsburgh will join the Coastal. The two will serve as cross-division partners for scheduling purposes, meaning they'll play every year.

The league previously announced it would play an 18-game basketball schedule next season regardless of whether the schools have joined by then.

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