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Inside Lacrosse Q&A- ACC Schedule, Expansion

http://www.insidelacrosse.com/news/2013/10/08/qa-acc-lacrosse-schedule-affiliate-policy-expansion-and-more


Not exactly the most hard hitting Q&A, but some interesting topics nontheless from IL's interview with ACC Associate Commish and "Senior Woman Administrator" (the fuck is that?) Kris Pierce

  • Nice restraint by Ms. Pierce to not just answer the first question by saying "THIS LEAGUE IS THE FUCKING TITS BRO"
  • I didn't realize lacrosse conference scheduling comes from the teams themselves. I'd like to see all five teams making sure that every in conference game is played in April. With the growth of the game and the absurdly awesome quality of the ACC, in conference games present tremendous inventory for ESPN. There are 2 or 3 weekends in between the Final Four and the start of the NBA Playoffs where ESPN is showing absolutely nothing, the conference needs to be pushing to grab some of the Primetime slots on the Mothership. Syracuse/Duke on at 8 PM on a Saturday in mid April would be a tremendous win for everyone. I've read some suggestions that the conference could schedule weekends where, say, Syracuse and Duke play in both basketball and lacrosse, but that seems like such a waste of a great product on the lax side IMO.
  • There's a question about expanding the ACC Tournament past 4 teams which just seems odd considering there are only five teams in the conference. Obviously a better question would be about any possible progress other schools- Louisville, FSU, BC, Clemson, etc.- are making towards bringing lacrosse up to the varsity level. She doesn't seem to have much as far as that goes, but I think with the tourney expanding now is a good time to try pitching those schools to add lax.
  • Sounds like adding Hopkins was discussed but never offered.
  • They ask about a possible ACC-Big Ten challenge...is that a rumor or just a randomish question? The only Big Ten team I care to play is Hopkins and I'd hope the JHU series continues independent of some larger event. After that the only game that could draw any juice would be Maryland, and obviously we wouldn't get to play them every single year. If we were to strike up some kind of conference vs. conference challenge, I'd be more excited (though still not overly thrilled) if it were against the Ivy League (and, again, I'd hope Cornell and Princeton took place independently).
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