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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: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:44 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

I agree that Houston hasn't had anything sports-relevant since the early eighties, but if they were to join the Big East, the program would most probably improve as being a member would entice better recruiting.  That is saying that the majority of the programs stay put



Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 7:51 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

This is ridiculous.

No disrespect to the UH and ECU students/fanbases....

But which one of these is NOT like the other:

UCONN
Notre Dame
Georgetown
Villanova
Eastern Carolina???
Houston??

Houston hasn't really had anything sports-relevant since the days of Clyde and Hakeem. And if ECU could get into the MAC that would be a stunning upgrade. What a joke.  I guess Depaul and Providence would have some company at the bottom of the standings.




Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 7:30 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

One last point, Joe B.  The BCS has only recently attempted to annoint a National Champion through a system that most fans would still consider flawed.  Before that, determining a NC was no more than a popularity contest by the AP and UPI.  Even though Syracuse may have won a NC decades ago, I stated earlier that, if the ACC was going to raid the BE to strengthen football, they should have gone after WVU and South Florida.  Also, the year Louisville and Boise State played in the Liberty Bowl, Louisville came into the game with one loss and Boise was undefeated.  Unfortunately, Utah was undefeated that year, as well, and became the first non BCS school to play in a BCS Bowl, trouncing (guess who?) Pitt.  Two years later, Louisville won the Orange Bowl the day after Boise State won the Fiesta Bowl, defeating Oklahoma on a Statue of Liberty play in one of the greatest bowl games of all time. 

Point is, there are lots of good programs out there right now, even though they may not have the "history" of others (although, if its history you're looking for, Louisville has one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time).



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 6:59 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Joe B (factually challenged wonder), Louisville has only had an opportunity to play in a BCS Bowl since 2006 and already has a 2007 Orange Bowl victory to its credit.  If you want to count any Bowl that is now part of the BCS, Louisville won the 1990 Fiesta Bowl.  Want a quality Bowl win?  Beat  Boise State in the 2005 Liberty Bowl, the only game either team could play in because of being shut out by the likes of Syracuse in the BCS games.  Louisville fired its previous football coach because losing to Syracuse was a measure of how far our program had regressed.  And you know Louisville has Syracuse's number in basketball, so why even go there?  Ancient history means nothing.  Stealing two teams was the only way the ACC could hope to catch the BE in basketball and Syracuse and Pitt were willing participants.  



Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2011 6:26 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

This was the most accurate comment on the thread



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 2:27 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

OK-Nole-first read my post below or check the BCS website.  Read it any way you want.  If you want to use 1998-the Cuse played in the Orange Bowl BCS game that year against Florida-and they lost.  Fact.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 2:17 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Symantics-I got the 1992 off the BCS website-history
1992-called the Bowl Coalition, then
1995-same group called Bowl Alliance, then
1998-same group called Bowl Championship.

Since 1992 this group-regards of the name has determined the national champion.

Symantics.  Does that help you.



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:56 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

The "BCS" began in 1998



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:55 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Cuse has been in 3 since 1992 when the BCS began. 
If you do not know your facts you should reamin silent! BCS started with bowl games following 1998 season. 1992...let's rewrite history to accomodate the last time 'Cuse was relevant in college football...sad the ACC picked two basketball schools when they needed to strengthen their football!!!



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:59 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Pitinohead (the 10 seconds wonder) you are right about Syracuse not being in a BCS game in the last 10 years-BUT the Cuse has been in 3 since 1992 when the BCS began.  How many have the Cardinals been in?  And how many FB championship does the Ville have-0.  The Cuse has one albeit a while back-but only 8 colleges in this country have both a national basketball and football championships.  You don't and SU is the only private school to do it.Laughing


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