AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- ACC commissioner John Swofford weighed in Wednesday on the two hottest topics confronting his league during its annual spring meetings.
Florida State and the BCS.
Swofford said he has had positive talks with Florida State and reiterated: "It has been and I would anticipate that it will continue to be a very beneficial relationship to both parties, which is what it should be." Whether or not Florida State has a wandering eye toward the Big 12 has dominated recent speculation. When asked if he was concerned about losing the Seminoles, Swofford said, "I don’t deal in hypotheticals, I deal with what’s tangible. It's what we’re doing as a league with the current 12, soon to be 14 membership league, and we’re moving ahead on the basis of that full membership."
As for the format the ACC would like to see in the BCS, Swofford listed several points:
Sticking with current bowl sites for the playoffs, or at the very least, the semifinal games.
Strong preference for conference champions with a standard, such as finishing in the Top 5 or 6.
Keeping BCS bowls for those teams that do not qualify for the playoff.
When asked how all 11 league commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick will come to an agreement when everybody has their own self interest to protect, Swofford said:
"That’s what gets so challenging about this. A lot of this is -- we’re representing our constituencies in that room. It’s not like 12 guys walk in and we have total power and authority to do whatever we individually want to do. It’s a representation kind of thing, and hopefully we’ll reach that point and people will have enough flexibility in what they can represent to come to a consensus with something that can work. It will be challenging. Getting to that concept was challenging, but getting to the particulars of that concept and the methodology of that concept will be even more challenging in my opinion."
Some other notes:
Swofford would like to see Pitt and Syracuse join the ACC sooner rather than later, but that decision rests in the hands of the schools and the Big East. Pitt has filed suit against the league to be able to join in 2013, while Syracuse hopes to come to a resolution without resorting to a lawsuit. Whenever the two do join, Pitt will be in the Atlantic Division and Syracuse in the Coastal. Teams will also move to a nine-game league schedule. When that happens, Atlantic teams will play five home games in odd years, and Coastal teams will play five home games in even years.
The men's and women's basketball tournaments will also include all 14 teams and move to a Wednesday-Sunday format. Seeds 11-14 will play Wednesday. Both tournaments will be in Greensboro, N.C., through 2015.
Swofford would like the ACC to continue its bowl tie in with the Orange Bowl.
He also said future expansion is not on the horizon. "Every time you make a jump, it’s a different configuration," Swofford said. "It brings a different set of circumstances and different challenges. But I would tell you that expansion to 16 at the moment is not something that’s on our front burner."