GREENSBORO, NC (AACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference recognizes the uncertain and challenging environment facing all sectors of our society during the COVID-19 epidemic. Intercollegiate athletics is just one area we should address as we work to return to our campuses, bring back students and faculties when possible, and pursue our educational missions and goals as part of higher education Huh. The health, safety and welfare of all our campus constituents is at the forefront of all decisions.
Keeping this in mind, the ACC Board of Directors announced that if public health allows guidance, all seven ACC sponsored fall sports will start the competition during 7–12 weeks. The announcement follows several months of discussion and scenario planning between league membership and the Medical Advisory Group. Each decision is based on the best available medical guidelines and coincides with the educational missions of our universities.
“As we look forward to the decline, the safety of our students, staff and the overall campus community remains our top priority,” said Kent Siaverd, Chancellor of Syracuse University and chairman of the ACC Board of Directors. “Today’s announcement underscores a specific path for ACC fall sports to return to athletic competition using comprehensive protocols by our ACC Medical Advisory Group. As a league, we understand the need to remain flexible and be prepared to accommodate it as medical information develops in harmony with local and state guidelines. “
“Today’s decision was made by several individuals throughout the conference after months of thoughtful planning,” said ACC Commissioner John Sword. “The board’s decision presents a way forward if public health guidance allows it to proceed with the competition. Our institutions are committed to taking the necessary measures to facilitate withdrawal in a safe and responsible manner. We believe that in the future we may need to be agile and make adjustments. We will be as ready as we should get up. “
ACC’s Medical Advisory Group, which has been meeting weekly since spring to share information about the impact of COVID-19 on ACC campuses and intercollegiate athletics, has followed for each campus as a fall sports retreat. Minimum standards are recommended for. Those recommendations include weekly testing for close contact sports, standards for reporting positive test results, and protocols for cleaning and sanitation of competition areas. Full report available HERE.
Specific information for the 2020 competition for both football and the league’s Olympic games is given below. The league’s leadership, and its medical advisory group, will continue to meet on a weekly basis to share information and discuss medical issues related to ACC’s return to play. Should any future adjustments be necessary, the ACC board of directors will do so at the appropriate time.
- The first game of the season will be in the week of September, 7–12
- The 2020 scheduling model includes 11 games (10 plus one: 10 conferences and one non-conference)
- All non-conference sports opponents, selected by the school concerned, must be played in the ACC institution’s home state, and all non-conference opponents must meet medical protocol requirements as agreed by the ACC
- 11 games will be played for at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates
- There will be a department
- Notre Dame will also play a 10-game conference schedule and be eligible to compete in the 2020 ACC Football Championship game
- All television revenues for the 2020 season, including Notre Dame’s home games broadcast by NBC, will be shared equally by all 15 institutions
- The ACC Football Championship game will be played at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 12 or 19 and will feature the top two teams based on the highest conference-game winning percentage.
- All 15 teams will remain part of the ACC’s bowl selection process; Notre Dame should win the ACC Football Championship game, if they are eligible for the Orange Bowl, if they are not selected as the College Football Playoff semifinal team
- 2020 ACC football week-by-week programs and television selections will be released in the future
ACC Fall Olympic Games:
- Fall Olympic Games competition may begin on Thursday 10 September
- Team sports will play a conference schedule that matches the NCAA’s minimum amount of games: field hockey (6), women’s football (6), men’s football (6) and volleyball (10)
- Schools will continue to schedule regular season cross country competitions at their discretion
- Any additional play against conference opponents or non-conference opponents is at the discretion of the school concerned and all opponents must meet the medical standards of the ACC
- Any additional games against conference opponents that are beyond the conference-mandated schedule will not be counted in the ACC standings
- Schedule for ACC fall championship
- The cross country championships will be held on October 30 at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC and will include all fifteen member schools
- The field hockey championship will be held on November 5, 6 and 8 at Duke University
- The top four teams will feature in the Women’s Football Championship and will be held on 6 and 8 November at Verimed Soccer Park in Nyeri, as previously announced.
- The men’s soccer championship will feature the top four teams and will be held on November 13 and 15 at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC
- Television will be selected through ACC’s partnership with ESPN and ACC Network in the future
ACC Winter and Spring Olympic Games:
- Competition in swimming and diving, indoor track and field and fencing games will be postponed until at least September 10
- The fall competition in men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, rowing, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball and baseball games have been canceled
- Student-athletes remain eligible to compete in golf and tennis to remain detached
- In all sports teams can continue to practice at the discretion of their institution