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Report: Syracuse, Pitt in talks with the ACC

Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:24 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 11:34 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Big East schools Syracuse and Pittsburgh are in talks with the ACC to join the conference, according to the New York Times.

Officials from each school and both conferences denied the discussions were taking place to the Times and did not offer a comment.

The person with knowledge of the talks declined to speculate on a timetable or the seriousness of the discussions. But in this delicate time for conferences and their futures, the discussions between the 12-team A.C.C. and two Big East members is significant.

Syracuse is a founding member of the Big East and Pitt has been in the league since 1982. The ACC has already raided the Big East once before, adding Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech in 2004. Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg was instrumental in keeping the league together following the three schools departure.

“We’ve been dealing with the fluidity of the conference landscape on multiple levels for a week,” Amy Yakola, the ACC.’s associate commissioner for public relations and marketing told the Times, “and at this point we wouldn’t be able to comment on speculation.”

Reports surfaced earlier in the week that the ACC might be a possible landing spot for Texas as well, should the Big 12 fall apart with the departures of Texas A&M to the SEC and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to the Pac-12.


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:50 am

Report: Syracuse, Pitt in talks with the ACC

Keep pace good labor, I like your the creation of.

Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:07 pm

Report: Syracuse, Pitt in talks with the ACC

Welcome to the ACC!

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 1:59 pm

Report: Syracuse, Pitt in talks with the ACC

i agree buddy, duke and carolina would become a great rivalary, but what about the others?  uconn, georgetown, st. john's? all i am saying is i am gonna definitely miss what the orange have right now in basketball!!!! it will take some getting use to!!!!!! cuse is a original member of the big east, it will definitely be weird seeing themc in the ACC!!!!!!!!!  good post pal!!!!!!!

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:27 pm

Report: Syracuse, Pitt in talks with the ACC

I don't know what's a dumber name for a school, Clemson or Auburn? Last time I checked, auburn was a shade of red. So what are Auburn's colors? Blue and orange! The only people who go to Auburn are people too stupid to get into Alabama, and that's saying a lot.

Speaking of dumb names for schools, Rutgers? Why don't you call yourselves "New Jersey"? There is no New Jersey University or University of New Jersey.

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:55 am

Report: Syracuse, Pitt in talks with the ACC

"Would anyone in the ACC miss Clemson? Who cares about South Carolina? If the SEC wants you, we'll help you pack!"

Exactly! You're a bright one!

Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 9:53 am

Report: Syracuse, Pitt in talks with the ACC

This is like feeding the hogs at the trough.  A school needs to make a conference's trough bigger since another hog will need feeding.  Pitt doesn't grow the Big10's trough since the conference already has a presence in PA.  Syracuse, Maryland, Rutgers and UConn all would, but not Pitt.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 9:43 am

Report: Syracuse, Pitt in talks with the ACC

Go ask Vegas which Big East team in hoops is highest on the board to win title. Louisville. You northerners are so blind to reality and can never admit when someone is better.

   just sounded a little off so i checked at sportsbook...though louisville is a respectable 2nd at +1800, syarcuse is highest at +1500

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 9:42 am

Report: Syracuse, Pitt in talks with the ACC

You're right that I didn't mention Syracuse in lacrosse. They are nasty in that sport. However, I really don't think Syracuse carries the New York CITY market. That's the one that these conferences want, not New York state. I've been to UConn-Syracuse games in the BE Tourney and I promise you there are an equal amount of fans. So I have to disagree with you there. However, I agreee that I hope these teams either move together to a new conference or stay together in the Big East. I always love me some UConn-Cuse basketball!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 9:42 am

Report: Syracuse, Pitt in talks with the ACC

I couldnt have put it any better myself. I agree with all points and didnt even think about about the conservative aspect of it all but you are absolutely correct. The ACC has no power football programs except for VT and FSU. PItt made thier decision years ago to become a basketball school and so did Syracuse, so it only makes sense for them to leave.

Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 9:37 am

Report: Syracuse, Pitt in talks with the ACC

As a UConn fan, I have to say the football program is moving in the right direction. I also have to say I haven't been able to stand the ACC or any of their teams since the last time they raided the Big East, and as for Boston College, for a Jesuit School's officials to be so disingenous during the process was pathetic.

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