ACC changing scheduling policy after Paul Johnson’s complaints

August 4, 2016 Atlanta – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson smiles during the first day of practice at Rose Bowl Field in Georgia Tech campus on Thursday, August 4, 2016. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

It would be a bit hyperbolic to say that the ACC has bent to Paul Johnson’s will.

But the league did approve a scheduling policy change that the Georgia Tech coach drove after his allegation in January that “the conference tries to screw us every way they can.” Presented evidence of a scheduling imbalance that has often provided Yellow Jackets opponents with extra rest and practice time before playing Tech, ACC athletic directors voted unanimously to address the situation at the league’s spring meetings in May. Commissioner John Swofford revealed the modification Thursday at the ACC Kickoff.

“It was a needed change,” Johnson said by text message Thursday. “I’m glad they did it.”

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