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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 4, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:50 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Get them out of here at the end of this fiscal/school year; double or triple the exit fee for letting them leave early for "greener pastures" and bring in schools that want to be here.  Let's see- TCU makes 7 next year- bring in the service academies for football only, UCF,  East Carolina and let Villanova step up if they can make stadium arrangements.  Nova plays in the CAA, which if many don't know is the FCS equivalent of the SEC and was national champion in 2009.  Ask some of the FBS schools how much fun it is playing Richmond, UMass, UNH, Richmond, Delaware, etc when you have EVERYTHING to lose.

And if UConn wants to leave too, which they obviously do, show 'em the door! ECU obviously wants in badly, what's the problem? They average 50K/game at home, which is more than 2/3 of the Big East teams.  If Marinatto wants to keep his job, stop fiddling around and DO SOMETHING TO STRENGTHEN THE FOOTBALL SIDE OF THE CONFERENCE. Basketball will be just fine without the traitors.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:38 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

The Big East will be dead, as far as football, before the Big 12.  The Big East might as well become a basketball conference like the A-10 and/or merge with the A-10.  UConn wants out and WVU/Rutgers could also leave too, leaving only Cincy, USF, and Louisville in the conference as far as football.  TCU should join the Big 12 in place of A&M and if they add BYU, as rumored, the Big 12 will survive. 

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:32 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

so do we get to jack Uconn as well or not?

Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:16 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

After the outcry directed at the ACC for its actions, the other conferences decided that perhaps it was not time to raid other conferences.  Perhaps it was not the best environment to act in greedy self interest.  Perhaps they do have enough money to make due for now.  The current environment makes continued raiding of other conferences less than palatable -- and exposes those university presidents/conference leaders who always talk about academics and students athletes as liars.  The ACC/Swofford, for all their talk about student athletes and academics made their move for money and market share...nothing more.  Everyone saw it and got a bad taste in their mouth.  Rightly so...a pox on the ACC/Swofford.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:08 pm
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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 12:41 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

I don't see what difference it makes letting Syracuse and Pitt stick around for another couple of years according to conference bylaws.  Football schedules can't be changed so easily and it shouldn't be made easy for rats to jump ship.  Besides, if you get rid of every team leave that isn't happy, the BE may as well throw UConn and WVU out, as well. 

On the other hand, Louisville can use the additional four+ wins on their basketball schedule for each of the next two years.  

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 12:40 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Someone should be calling for Marinattos head like they are Bebe's out in the Big 12.

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