Brian touched on many of the scheduling issues yesterday, but ESPN had a long post on possible changes being discussed at this year's annual ACC meetings:
The ACC opens its spring meetings today with critical decisions to be made about its future. And we are not just talking about scheduling.
John Swofford's recommendation today that the ACC move forward with an eight game conference schedule rather than expanding to nine will be met in some circles with questions and doubt. But, unbeknownst to any of the school athletic directors or presidents, Swofford commissioned a scientific study to determine the long-term effects of prolonged ACC exposure. The results are chilling.
The first is the aforementioned five-game scheduling agreement with Notre Dame. If that agreement did not exist, the ACC would be just like the Pac-12, Big 12 and soon-to-be Big Ten at nine conference games. The league voted that way before Notre Dame entered the picture. But that scheduling agreement changed everything.
Meanwhile, Hockey East went full steam ahead on its most recent change - expanding the first round of the playoffs to 2-of-3 series.
"The directors heard from the coaches that the best time of the year for the athletes is playoff time and the coaches made a strong argument for increasing those playing opportunities for the students," said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna in a news release. "The inclusion of a fifth-place team in the opening round may also have been a factor."
The US played Russia at the IIHF hockey world championships yesterday. The US's roster consists largely of a talented and fascinating group of young players, with Johnny Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes already moved up to the first line around Justin Abdelkader. Russia... well, their first line has Alex Ovechkin on it. The result was about what one might expect:
Justin Abdelkader (Muskegon, Mich./Michigan State University/Detroit Red Wings) scored and Team USA held a 40-23 advantage in shots on goal, but the U.S. Men's National Team fell to Russia, 6-1, in its third preliminary-round game of the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship here today.
The Washington Capitals, the NHL team that drafted him last year, and Boston College, the team for whom he'll begin playing later this year, wrapped up their seasons about a month ago. But Zach Sanford has more hockey to play this season.
SU moves on to the Elite Eight where they'll face-off against a familiar foe, the Boston College Eagles. The Orange bested the Eagles 11-9 on the road earlier on the year but BC still sports a 15-5 overall record and is coming off an 8-3 win over a Loyola team that took SU to the brink last week. Even though the #OrangeEagle has already been decided, there's still a lot of points and bragging rights on the line.
The Boston College men's track and field team finished seventh at the New England Outdoor Championships this weekend held at Westfield State. Southern Connecticut won the event with a total of 108 points. Rhode Island (71 points) came in second while UConn (66) placed third. Boston College finished with 35 points.