ACC plans for September start for college sports

Sports in the Atlantic Coast Conference are planning to start the week of Sept. 7 if public health guidance allows, alterations brought on by the pandemic.

The ACC said Wednesday its board of directors has decided that if public health guidance allows, all seven ACC-sponsored fall sports will begin this fall.

“As we look ahead to the fall, the safety of our students, staff and overall campus community continues to be our top priority,” Kent Syverud, chancellor of Syracuse University and the chair of the ACC Board of Directors, said in a statement.

The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to wipe out the fall season, but the biggest conferences are taking steps to try to mitigate potential disruptions to keep football on the slate.

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Furthermore, Notre Dame will play in the ACC this season as part of a plan to play 10 league games.

The ACC’s university presidents approved a plan Wednesday for an 11-game football schedule, including one nonconference game, and for pushing back the league championship game from Dec. 5 to either Dec. 12 or 19.

Notre Dame will play in a football conference for the first time in the 133-year history of the proudly independent program — if the season is played.

Notre Dame's 10-game ACC schedule includes Clemson at home. The school and the league agreed to equally share TV revenue – including the Fighting Irish’s deal with NBC as an independent – among the 15 schools.