Let the fun begin.
Now that the ACC has decided to stick with the eight-game league schedule in 2013 and beyond, conference schools will be looking to fill some holes.
North Carolina and Minnesota have canceled their home-and-home series, scheduled for 2013 and 2014, per Minnesota's request, but the Tar Heels will open next season against South Carolina.
North Carolina and East Carolina have reached an agreement to move next year’s game to Chapel Hill. As a result, the 2014 contest and the 2016 or 2018 game will be played in Greenville.
“We’re disappointed we will not have the opportunity to play Minnesota,” athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a prepared statement. “Recently, Minnesota expressed an interest in cancelling the series and we agreed to do so based on the terms of the contract.”
Minnesota has agreed to pay North Carolina the buyout fee of $800,000.
North Carolina will open the 2013 season at South Carolina on Thursday, Aug. 29, and the Tar Heels have reached an agreement to play Old Dominion on Oct. 12.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to open next season against South Carolina on ESPN,” Cunningham said. “The recent expansion of the ACC to include Notre Dame and the decision to stay at eight conference games allows for greater flexibility in scheduling home-and-home series.”
Future North Carolina Football Schedules
Aug. 29: at South Carolina
Sept. 28: vs. East Carolina
Oct. 12: vs. Old Dominion
TBA: additional game
Sept. 20: at East Carolina