By Jeff Goodman
The ACC has opted to go to an 18-game league slate next year, regardless of when Pittsburgh or Syracuse enter the conference.
"Our member institutions have been talking about this increase for awhile and knowing our league will be expanding to 14 in the future, we've decided to move to an 18-game conference schedule next year, regardless of our membership number," ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. "The additional conference games create a more equitable schedule and we've received significant feedback from our fans for more conference games."
The current format is a 16-game league schedule - which meant that each team played five teams twice.
On one hand, the increase in league contests looks like a good move.
But I'm not sure I love it.
What it ultimately means is that ACC teams will go soft on their non-conference schedule, pull back with the addition of two more games and also the addition (whether it's next season or in 2013-14) of two big-time programs in Syracuse and Pittsburgh.
It could mean the end of the North Carolina-Kentucky series. It could mean that Duke scales back on its non-league slate.
Let's just hope it doesn't mean that Jim Boeheim and the Orange don't go even "softer" once he enters the league.