The Washington Times - October 3, 2012, 12:53PM

The ACC will move back to an eight-game football schedule after the recent announcement of an arrangement with Notre Dam, scrapping plans to move to a nine-game schedule.

The conference will stick with an eight-game schedule next year when Pittsburgh and Syracuse join the league.

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The ACC also announced changes in basketball and baseball. As for how those impact Maryland?

FOOTBALL

With eight league games rather than nine, Maryland will have some nonconference scheduling holes to fill in the coming years. Like the rest of the ACC, the Terrapins had planned for only three nonconference games since the scheduling arrangement was announced earlier this year.

As for what it does for the conference slate, there will be six division games (Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, N.C. State, Syracuse and Wake Forest), one primary partner (Virginia) and one rotating opponent from the Coastal Division.

Previously, there were two rotating opponents from the Coastal; for example, Maryland played Miami and Georgia Tech last year and faces Georgia Tech and North Carolina this season. How that rotation will continue (and whether it might impact the home game against Virginia Tech Maryland has already moved to Baltimore in 2014) is uncertain.

BASKETBALL

The ACC will maintain an 18-game league schedule with the addition of not only Pittsburgh and Syracuse in 2013-14, but also Notre Dame whenever the Fighting Irish begin play in the conference.

Maryland’s primary partners will be Pittsburgh and Virginia; they previously were Duke and Virginia, and the Terps were slated to have only Pittsburgh as a primary partner under the previous arrangement. Primary partners play home-and-home series every year.

The rest of the league schedule will feature two home-and-homes and 10 single games, with the opponents involved in that situation rotating from year to year.

The ACC tournament will include all 15 teams – with three Wednesday games – and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge will feature only the top 12 teams in the RPI from the previous year.

BASEBALL

The ACC will adopt a 10-team conference tournament. Maryland has not advanced to the eight-team ACC tournament since the league expanded to 12 teams in 2006.

Patrick Stevens