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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: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Just remember that when FSu, GT,Clemson and VT move to SEC



Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:25 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Is sick and tired of the hating on the ACC yeah we get it your mad your POOR confrence is going to cease to exist. The SUPER Confrences are going to happen embrace it and love it sorry to break your hearts. Quit your complaining that the ACC is being proactive and doing what it takes to survive thank you I am done!!!!!!!



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:11 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

If there would have been an all sports conference in the east years ago UPS would now be just like Texas.So the east would not be any better off than they are right now. There is not a saint in front of JoPa and for very good reason.



Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:09 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Air Force to the Big East from Colorado Springs, Co? Makes sense to me...

Why don't you think Airforce academy can find a flight for the games???? LOL



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:56 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

at the time the Big East was BASKETBALL ONLY. 

Philly44, I may be wrong on this, but I thought that the potential addition of Penn State in '85 was in anticipation of starting the football portion of the conference, and the reason that Penn State was not accepted is that their joining the conference was contingent on a 7-3 home-away commitment from all of the BE schools once football was implemented instead of the typical 5-5...

Either way, I agree that you can't blame the BE for not accepting PSU 25 years ago... 




Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:22 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

TCU, Univ of Hou, and BYU to the Big 12 makes all the sense in the world. If Houston were to be in the Big 12 their entire program would skyrocket. The talent pool of high school kids in Houston is as good as any in the country and better than most. The kids here would love to stay close to home if they knew they would be in a major conference. I see comments that UofH has not done anything since the 80`s and that is mostly true. The reason is WE got screwed when Governor Anne Richards went to bat politically for Baylor (her alma mater) to be in the Big12. UofH would be a top perenial top 25 team in football and basketball if it were included in the Big12 or SEC.



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:15 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Air Force to the Big East from Colorado Springs, Co? Makes sense to me...



Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:02 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

No offense but when did the ACC because this juggernaut of a football conference?! If anything they have been down for years. Since FSU was dominate in the 90's that's about the best legitimate team they've had. Sure after taking Miami they gained some but when you think ACC you think Duke and Carolina Basketball period. They aren't the SEC!

Do I think the Big East is a great football conference not at all but they are decent.
WVU showed well in their BCS game. While the ACC has showed nothing.

NC State got smoked last night on national tv to what some say a horrible Cincinnati team. All this talk about a great super conference in the ACC is hilarious.

I say let Pitt and Syracuse go! It would stink to lose them as Basketball teams but as far as football they haven't won anything in recent years. So they will stack up just like the ACC has been. If and when the U and FSU get rolling again then it might be back to the old days but adding Pitt and Syracuse isn't going to cross over that line to greatness.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:53 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Early in this string John Hightower suggests that the beginning of this debacle can be tied back to the early days of the Big East, when Penn State applied for membership and was rejected....by one vote.

John....at the time the Big East was BASKETBALL ONLY.  Who in their right mind would want Nittany Lion basketball in their conference??

Should they have had the foresight to see five years into the future, when football was added?  Probably not...BE football has always been an afterthought.  Christ, the BE Commish is always a Providence guy!

So...you can try to lay the blame for this on the original BE schools rejecting Penn State...I prefer to lay the blame on the BE front office, where adding Navy and AFA is considered a "bold and aggressive move."

I'm a Cuse fan that is SICK about this.  But if I'm AD Gross and Chancellor Cantor, you can bet your tokus I'd make the move, too. 



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:21 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

I didn't go to ECU nor I am a fan..but...ECU has beaten Va.T,Miami,Missouri,NC over the years .state of NC had to force them to play ECU..ECU could win the Big East in 2 years if admitted..they draw 50,000 plus,name one team in the remaining Big EAST that outdraws that.
Navy will not move without Army..AF is already in a better conference.


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