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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Coach K not a fan of ACC scheduling

By Eamonn Brennan

Scheduling is hard. There's all those dates to work out, and all those travel plans to arrange, and all those stadiums and athletics programs that have to be available. It's a tough gig, and I wouldn't want it. That said, the ACC's schedule-makers deserve the heat they're receiving right now, heat emanating primarily from a very stern-looking fellow in Durham.

See, the ACC has a bit of a scheduling mess on its hands. Several of the conference's teams have already met twice, or not at all, meaning they'll play two games in close proximity late in the year if they haven't already. This is unfair not to any particular team, but it is unfair in general. Hypothetically, let's say you have to play Clemson twice, and you get both of those games out of the way early in the year. Maybe the Tigers hit their stride late. Maybe you luck out. But that means some time will have to play the late-blooming Tigers twice in February, when, remember, the Tigers are really hitting their stride. (This is hypotehtical, but you get the idea.) Spreading these games out would be fairer to everyone, yes?

Mike Krzyzewski certainly thinks so:

The imbalance in teams' schedules puzzles Krzyzewski. Duke played Clemson twice in its first six ACC games and will play Maryland twice in 18 days later on.

Georgia Tech and Florida State had met twice by Jan. 24.

"There are a number of teams in our league that we haven't played yet, but this is our 10th game," Krzyzewski said. "There should be more balance, because teams change positively from January to February. So everybody in the league - and I'm not saying it benefits us or doesn't benefit us - but overall you have more equity involved if you play a team in January and you play a team in February."

Teams can also change negatively from the end of December to the beginning of March -- anyone obligated to play Texas twice would love to play both of those games right this very moment -- but the point still stands. This can't be the only way to do things. Scheduling is tough, but it's not impossible, and our major conferences have been at this for, like, half a century. We can do better.

Well, not we -- the ACC. I have no practical means of solving this problem. My involvement ends after this paragraph. But, um, good luck, conference scheduling dudes! I'm sure you guys will figure something out.