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In January, it was reported that the ACC and the Big 12 were discussing a possible scheduling alliance. Now, according to CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler, the two conferences continue to have discussions but the alliance remains in the exploratory phase.
Six months later, the alliance is still in the exploratory phase. An ACC source filled me in and told me:
— Both conferences met in May on the issue, but an alliance is not considered a priority at the moment. The term “back-burner” was used.
— One working concept that conference officials and ADs apparently liked: Partnering on up to three home-and-home agreements (Big 12 vs. ACC each time) and a neutral site game. It’s also possible the neutral site game, also known as a “kickoff,” would be a yearly rotation between two sites — one in the ACC footprint (Charlotte, for example) and one in the Big 12’s.
If the agreement comes to fruition, the Cards could be facing the likes of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State, or Oklahoma State in the non-conference schedule. When U of L joins the ACC in a year from now, the Cards will be facing the likes of Florida State, Clemson, Miami (FL), N.C. State, and North Carolina in conference play. Add in the possible Big 12-ACC alliance and the Cards are putting together a great schedule.
The move to the ACC is already paying off and there could be more good news down the road. In the meantime, Louisville will be playing its final year in the AAC (formerly known as the Big East) before joining the ACC next summer.
38 more days until kickoff Cards fans!