Duke Basketball Brings Out an Important Marksman
A bad decision no matter how you look at it
Were you like me watching Thursday night’s game between the women of Duke Soccer and North Carolina? When play-by-play announcer Jenn Hildreth declared the game between the two rivals a non-conference game, I scrambled the remote so I could go back and make sure what she said. Once I confirmed what I had heard, I still couldn’t believe that these two rivals weren’t playing on the conference schedule. ACC needs to do a better job with planning.
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I don’t know what matrix or programming plan the ACC uses to determine conference matches, but it’s a bad one. It makes absolutely no sense for bitter backyard rivals not to play each other. This makes even less sense when considering the quality of these programs. More than 3,500 fans packed Koskinen Stadium for the game, which was won 3-0 by the Tar Heels. The stadium had atmosphere and the game had intensity. Regardless of the method used by those in the ivory football tower of the ACC offices, this type of scheduling decision is very bad. Hats off to these two programs for realizing the importance of rivalry and programming a game to keep it alive.
It’s worse for men
Duke’s men’s team plays in North Carolina, but not NC St. Again, that doesn’t make sense. They’re almost literally in each other’s backyards, but the conference doesn’t think it’s a good idea for them to play every year. What makes matters worse is that while the women play ten conference games, the men only play eight. Why? Wouldn’t you think two more games against conference opponents would generate more interest than contests against Yale and George Washington? Both are part of the Blue Devils’ upcoming schedule. There are twelve men’s teams in the conference. Having them play ten conference games would allow each to play against all but one other team. It would make a lot of sense and allow for more compelling matches. The guys in that ACC ivory football tower seem to excel at bad scheduling decisions.
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In college athletics, there’s no such thing as great rivalry. No matter what sport you’re talking about, college rivalries are just special. Due to the realignment and expansion of the conference, we have lost so many great rivalries. Those who decide on conference scheduling must do what they can to keep these rivalries alive. And if the scheduling method used doesn’t allow the women of Duke and North Carolina to play in a given season, make some adjustments and make sure they meet in conference and don’t have to agree a non-conference game. This will benefit fans, players, conferences, and college athletics in general.