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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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Comments

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

This so funny.  The Big "Football" Least losing 2 of its... oh
wait.  Pitt and Syracuse haven't even carried the football load
for the conference for years HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!




Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

It is just a mtter of time before UConn (ACC), Rutgers (ACC), WV (B12, SEC), Louisville (B12), and TCU leave - leaving just Cincinnati and So. Florida to fend for them selves and probably get swallowed up by CUSA - other wise the Big East will just basically be CUSA with the Big East name




Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

It is just a mtter of time before UConn (ACC), Rutgers (ACC), WV (B12, SEC), Louisville (B12), and TCU leave - leaving just Cincinnati and So. Florida to fend for them selves and probably get swallowed up by CUSA - other wise the Big East will just basically be CUSA with the Big East name




Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:05 pm
 

The Big East should be renamed the THE BIG CRAP

If you take five crap team and put them together, you get one big pile of crap.  This will be the Big East in Football.   If Navy, Army, ECU, Air Force, and UCF are added to the conference, it still would not merit a AQ BCS bid.  In fact, a merger between MVC and CUSA would yeild a more deserving team to a BCS Game.


The Big East is DONE!!!!  Just go on and be a basketball conference and leave football to the Big Boys.  



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Exactly!  The talk of East Carolina or Air Force or Navy or Central Florida coming in is a snoozer.  I think along with the SuperConferences comes the elimination of the Automatic Qualifying teams to the BCS. 




Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

marquette should finally get into the real world and play some football. wisconsin is a football hungry state and marquette would have a great non conference battle with wisc badgers and norte dame. granted they dont have a stadium but could play at miller park for a little while, then some of the rich ass graduates of marqette could pony up some cash to build a stadium.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

All the BIG EAST Conference is doing is cutting off it's nose to spite it's face by holding PITT and Syracuse in the conference for two more years.
The BE Commish should negoiate a quick release with the two schools and put the termination fees of millions in the BE cash register. The BE should then invite NAVY, EAST CAROLINA, UCF, Marshall, and Air Force.



Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Someone from Louisville calling someone a rat...LOL!!!!!

Conference USA not happy!



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Shesh WVUEERS there is no need for threats.  It only makes you sound like a crazy ex-girlfriend.



Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Navy, Air Force, UCF, Houston, ECU and TCU...........dont interest me at all. UL has accopmlished alot by finally making it to the BIG EAST conference.  If you add those other teams......it will be back to the bottom of the barrel again. Get some more real powerhouse teams into the conference or be ready to be bored out of your mind with the football schedule.


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