Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated is reporting the American Athletic Conference has approved a scheduling model of eight conference games and up to four non-conference games for the 2020 season. […]
Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated is reporting the American Athletic Conference has approved a scheduling model of eight conference games and up to four non-conference games for the 2020 season. According to Dellenger, an official announcement is expected later today.
For ECU, this new does not figure to have much of an impact. While two of the Pirates’ non-conference games in Norfolk State and South Carolina have been canceled, Marshall in Conference-USA and Georgia State of the Sun Belt are still on the upcoming schedule.
With those postponements, however, ECU is only scheduled to play one game each in August and September, something that could be adjusted as more details about the AAC’s scheduling model come to light.
Nevertheless, the Pirates will be left with some flexibility in their schedule with the option to add up to two additional non-conference games if they so chose. Here is what ECU Athletic Director Jon Gilbert had to say about the possibility of adding games last week in a Zoom meeting with reporters.
“There’s really no answer to that right now,” Gilbert said. “We’re going to figure that out in due time. I want to be very mindful and deliberate of what we do. Right now on the schedule as it sits, we have 10 games. We still have Marshall non-conference. I spoke to Mike Hamrick last night, we still are committed to playing that game. We also have the Georgia State game on Oct. 3 to comprise our two non-conference games. I want to be very patient and very deliberate as we decide whether we’re going to add games or not. My focus right now is on our daily protocols and making sure we keep our student-athletes, coaches and staff safe.”
Gilbert went on to say he is “comfortable” playing 10 football games this fall and he and Hamrick are looking at every option when it comes to the scheduling of ECU versus Marshall this season.
Per Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, the AAC’s conference schedule is set to begin on Sept. 19 with a championship game scheduled for Dec. 5. That game could be pushed back to Dec. 19 if needed.
AAC games during Week 0 are still “tentatively” scheduled, according to Dodd.
Sept. 19 was the originally scheduled date for Norfolk State’s trip to Greenville, but with that game canceled, it seems like the Pirates will be playing UCF in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on that date instead.
A formal announcement is expected for 2 p.m. eastern. on Wednesday.