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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: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:02 am
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

TCU should back out and offer to help save the Big 12.  They just make sense down there.



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

any plan that includes air force and navy cant be labeled as aggressive



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Plus you have 14 teams to our 7.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Because the ACC is 1-9 in BCS Bowl games the last 10 years.  You don't carry your weight.



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

The ACC has 5 top 25 teams to the Big East's 2. How does that make the ACC a pathetic excuse for a football conference?



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

"I wonder if the loss of Pitt and Syracuse will affect the Big East's status as a BCS automatic qualifier?  Let's open up that debate - I'm interested in hearing the agruments from both sides on that topic!"

Good question, GoPokes.  My prediction is that the BE will NOT lose its status as a BCS automatic qualifier until 64 teams ban together, withstand years of litigation and possible Congressional action, lose their tax exempt status and form their own intercollegiate sports organization.  Otherwise, no one can make an objective, reasonable argument for any conference losing its status as a BCS AQ.  If it was based on records in BCS Bowl games, the ACC would be gone, followed by the Big Ten and then the Big 12.  The two teams that are leaving the BE haven't won a BCS Bowl game in the last 10 years and Syracyse hasn't even played in one during that span.




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Only these idiots would invite Air Force before Boise State...LMAO...They must REALLY hate money....



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Why don't the ACC and the Big East just merge.  The ACC already  has Miami and B.C.  They could call the new conference the Big C.  At least then I wouldn't have to admit that my alma mater is part of the Awfully Crappy Conference! @&$!*%^



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

The Big Least was weak enough(Uconn in their last UNDESERVED BCS bowl), now without Cuse and Pitt??  The WAC is now more legit.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Pompman, you lost me after "ACC goes to 20..."


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