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Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Posted on: September 22, 2011 12:06 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 12:07 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

In the most recent episode of the Emmy Award-winning drama Conference Realignment, the Big East leadership emerged from a three-hour meeting in New York City with plans to "aggressively" pursue replacements for Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

The message from the conference has been a plan to hold the two departing schools to the 27-month withdrawal period required in the conference by-laws. However, according to a Sporting News report some of the Big East's current members would like to see the two programs leave "as soon as possible."

Part of Marinatto's "aggressive" plans for replacement reportedly includes extending football-only invitations to Navy and Air Force. The conference's membership still includes their seven non-football schools, and adding the service academies to the gridiron slate would be an easy transition. Other suggested moves for expansion include looking towards Conference USA, where schools like UCF, Houston, and ECU have expressed interest in joining the Big East.

A big piece of Tuesday's meeting was also getting TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte on board with the future of the conference. TCU is scheduled to move to the Big East in 2012, but the threat of violent realignment in the college football landscape had the school's leadership nervous about the future of the conference. For the Big East to remain attractive to the BCS, a perennial contender like TCU will be a necessary component.

But regardless of when Syracuse and Pittsburgh leave, it does seem as though the realignment shift has begun to slow - at least for the moment. The Pac-12 expressed no interest in expanding at this time, and it does not appear that the Big Ten has any desire to either. With Texas and Oklahoma recommitting themselves to the Big 12 under new leadership, it is likely that Missouri will not be making any moves to the East anytime soon.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:30 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

I appreciate what you are stating Joe B and as bad as the BCS is it is the best we have had. In 1996 #2 FSU beat #1 UF...they then rematched in the Sugar Bowl allowing UF to win their first championship. Undefeated ASU lost to OSU in the Rose Bowl paving the way for UF. FSU and ASU were the two lone undefeateds and they should have played for the championship. Unfortunately, that did not happen which is why I was happy for the BCS. The BCS is flawed and we as fans deserve better but until there is a playoff it is the best we will have.
As I recall Nebraska losing to Texas that season was the first step to allow UF back into the Championship game. I think even though ASU was undefeated, UF was easily the better team of those two even with the loss. It played out that way thru the BCS bowl games. FSU won a tight game in Tallahassee over UF, on artificial turf, the faster surface, UF clearly destroyed FSU. ASU & OSU played on grass, neither had a team that could beat UF. The national champion was determined by a mini-playoff system that started Thanksgiving weekend. In any game, another can beat the other on any given day. Just depends upon when you catch the better team. The Patriots lost to the Giants and didn't get a perfect season, but Ifigure the Giants & Patriots were 1-1 vs each other and they play a tiebreaker, the Patriots are the better team. But it's not the way it works, the Giants were SB champions.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2011 3:39 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

wouldn't be surprised if louisville goes to SEC or big 12, outside chance WV goes to big 12 if big 12 survives and decides to expand. TCU might backpedal and be part of the new big 12. ( also hearing rumbling that A&M is having second thoughts since Texas is now willing to negotiate tv money fairly), Rutgers is going to have to do a hard sell to go to acc or big ten because rutgers really don't bring in new york tv markets.  good chance WV and Rutgers are the two teams no one but the big east wants.  Uconn to acc isn't set in stone. the one thing acc has loads of is basketball,thats about the only thing uconn adds. very mediocre football with very little fan base. so uconn is going to have to do a hard sell as well. WV might be the most screwed because they have a very good football and basketball program but very weak tv market and low populated area.


Becuase they way the big east is made up ( the 7 non-football schools) they have no choice but to wait and see who's going and who's staying. after the dust settles then try to form some type of football league, of course the automatic bcs bid will be gone but they can still form a decent leauge......cincy, south florida, navy, army, villanova upgrades, east carolina, temple there's 7, and if uconn, rutgers, wv stys then thats 10.  obviously  this wouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence with SEC, BIG, PAC 12 or Big 12. but still an ok conference. 




Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Getting rid of Syracuse and Pitt ASAP is either a ploy by the Non-Football schools to end the Big East as a football conference or by the 2-3 teams that do have football but are looking for greener pastures (ie setting a precedent so that when the time comes they can get out without being stuck for 2-3 seasons). 



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

I appreciate what you are stating Joe B and as bad as the BCS is it is the best we have had. In 1996 #2 FSU beat #1 UF...they then rematched in the Sugar Bowl allowing UF to win their first championship. Undefeated ASU lost to OSU in the Rose Bowl paving the way for UF. FSU and ASU were the two lone undefeateds and they should have played for the championship. Unfortunately, that did not happen which is why I was happy for the BCS. The BCS is flawed and we as fans deserve better but until there is a playoff it is the best we will have.



Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon



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Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

5Rings- Its been nearly 10 years already if u havent noticed. They funny part is they havent been since 202 and couldnt even cheat and win. WVU may not be the powerhouse u assume im calling them but they dont have Nevin caling calling the shots from his Bentley either lol. Soak up the sun is about all the U will do for the next 10 years. I hope they never see a NC again in their pathetic life. Since they are going to win one again as u say I hope the fall dont hurt going down to AA cause thats the only one they will win in the next 10 years lol. Speaking of choking I hope u dont chole on ur glass of milk when u hear how many scholarships they will lose. F them Canes.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

bearcats80: You forgot to mention that NC State is horrible too.  Both NC State and Cincinnati should be in the Sun Belt.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

(Sigh) Out here on the west coast, as all you guys sort this stuff out, we already know that the only thing this means for college basketball in general, and ESPN and CBSSports in particular, is that now the Big East is only a pretty good conference, but the ACC is now the most amazing basketball conference in the history of the world and they won't go down in the polls ever because they play each other, and well, losses to other ACC teams don't really count because...  they're the most amazing basketball conference in the history of the world...  (Until, in honor of the Big East, the Tourney starts...  But those early losses won't count either, because they just played the ACC Tourney, and that's so much harder than playing teams in the NCAA Tourney, and all the ACC teams are so tired and worn out by March...)

Although, on the bright side it means fewer teams from the Big East will lose in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tourney...  Because those losses will belong to the ACC now...

(Am I bitter?  Maybe... *laugh*)



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Navy to Big East makes sense.  But Air Force and TCU don't.  They should go to the Big 12.  And Texas A&M should stay in the Big 12 now that the TV money is getting shared equally (except LHN).  That would settle both the Big 12 and SEC at 12 teams and the only real change from all this mess would be Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC....who would be looking foolish for jumping too soon.


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