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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: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2011 8:37 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

The Big East is a basketball conference and always will be. 

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2011 8:34 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

The ACC will get strong, just based on strengthening it's recruiting base.  It's about the future.  You have lto look past the end of your nose.  The ACC did hold the line on Academics by not admitting West Virginia (Tier 3 school).  Even the SEC turned down West Virginia, although for different reasons.  BTW UConn, probably Rutgers, and TCU won't be staying.  

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2011 8:28 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Big East got it's AQ status based on Miami, Va Tech, along with 'Cuse, BC, and West Virginia.  They're all gone.  Heck, I and many others were surprised they kept AQ status at that time.  No matter who joins now, short of ND (Never gonna happen), they will lose their AQ.  They're weaker than the MWC.  Boise State would kill WVU.  The who is next?  Rutgers?  UConn (for now).  And BTW when they lose their AQ status, TCU stays with the MWC or joins the Big12 if they go to 16 teams.  Maybe even 12.  Heck West Virginia may leave for the Big 12.  Air Force ain't joining.  Even 'Nova would rather go to the ACC for football than be in the Big East.    

The best thing to come out of all this, is making a decent conference out of the ACC and dismantling the Big East.  Once Penn State joined the Big 10 way back when, there was no chance the Big East would last past a few decades.  

I love that Temple is doing well after being the first and only team kicked out of a major conference.   
I love that the ACC (of course, duh) and the SEC have said no to West Virginia, the best football program left in the Big East.
I love ND announced that if push came to shove and they had to join a conference for Football, the ACC was their choice.  

Of course these are just my opinions . . . and the ACC . . . and the SEC . . . and Notre Dame . . . 

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 8:27 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Screw them. Keep them in for the 27 mos so the other teams can boo the crap out of them
These presidents. Oh we are here for academics. What a bunch of crap.
 Have a playoff and stop the bullcrap.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 8:10 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Why is everyone crying over this atttempt by the ACC to get even more average and irrelevant.  When was the last time either of these teams was a factor in the BCS bid from the conference?  The masses thought the Big East would die when Miami Va Tech and BC left but it only got stronger, now with TCU and a couple other up and coming programs it will survive and flourish.  It's no secret that the ACC isn't looking for competition and strength but tv markets because both Maryland and Va Tech were endorsing WVU to make the conference stronger not just more visible. 

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:36 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

If you think Miami is getting 10 years w/ no bowl(s) due to any of the recent allegations you are smoking or taking some illegal substance. As far as your "National Championship"(or lack thereof) prediction for the Canes I can guarantee we win one again (that would be #6) before WVU wins one (cough-their 1st-cough).  

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:36 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

During all this conference shake up notre dame would never give up the ability to have a national schedule to accept a conference schedule that feature the teams in the Big East. They currently have a schedule that feature the rival between SC each year and then are able to schedule games with  Stanford, and ucla as the chose.

Playing Navy, Army and Air Force is not the kind of schedule that would benefit them financially. Notre dame have been down lately and it appears as if they would be in this spiral for a few more year.


Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:15 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

I disagree.  I think Navy could win a few Big East titles.  Who do they have to beat?  Rutgers? 

Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:27 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Don't like Navy going to the Big East. As an alum, I like that they are not tied to a geographic region for most of their games (although I guess no one is now that geography has nothing to do with Conferences). No matter where you lived in this country, Navy would have a game in your region. I'm stationed in Florida but got to drive to South Carolina for their game last week. Navy has nothing to gain from joining the Big East. They already have their own TV deal and are able to choose which bowl game they go to every year (albeit a lower tier bowl). Navy will never win the Big East, and thus, the BCS berth. Playing Army, ND, and Air Force every year, Navy will only get to choose 1 or 2 games a year on their schedule...

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:25 pm

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

@VolsRback, if TCU joins then they will be worth it although I concur that TCU couldn't pull it off on their own.  TCU needs to be smart and stick with the Mountain West, they will be most likely to pick up the Big East's bid either on their own or with the potential merger with C-USA.

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