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ACC to make decision on fall schedule in late July

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The ACC will make a determination “by late July” on options for the fall athletics season, commissioner John Swofford said on Friday afternoon.

Swofford stated that the ACC has “prepared numerous scenarios” in regards to playing sports in the fall. The statement said a final decision would be made by the ACC’s Board of Directors, which is also the league’s 15 presidents and chancellors (including Notre Dame).

On Thursday, the ACC decided no games would be played until Sept. 1 but is allowing any team to practice in late July or August. The impact of Thursday’s decision means the FSU soccer, volleyball and cross country teams will delay the start of their season.

No ACC football game is scheduled until Sept. 2. Schedules for other fall sports like soccer, cross country, swimming, golf and tennis have not been set.

The ACC is reportedly leaning toward going with a conference-only football schedule, according to WatchStadium.com’s Brett McMurphy. Sources have told the Osceola that option has been discussed but no decision has been made.

If FSU is left with an ACC-only football schedule in 2020 (or the spring of 2021), one major consideration is how to play the rivalry game with Florida. One option would be to schedule FSU-Florida as a bowl game, which would accommodate other ACC-SEC rivalries like Georgia-Ga. Tech, Clemson-South Carolina and Louisville-Kentucky.

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