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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: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Why does the Big East act like they are really doing something? Im sure Pitt and Syracuse doesnt want to hang around long anyways.I agree i hope that W.Virginia does get out because they are to good to hang around that joke of a football conference.Can someone tell me are they really going to get to keep there automatic bid to a BCS game,i mean that is the biggest joke i have ever heard.Heck the 4th or 5 th team from the SEC deserves to go before any of those schools(other then w.virginia).



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Emmy Award-winning drama Conference Realignment

Come on, Chip. Soap operas never win Emmys.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Pitt and Syracuse haven't even carried the football load
for the conference for years HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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You must be thinking of your Penn State team in the BIG-10, now thats funny.   



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

I agree completely.  Big East is hanging on for football and about to become an even more embarrassing football conference.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

before someone mistakes my comments that they are adding those four teams to the big east, it was just an example of the possibitiles their commissioner has been talking about!




Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Too bad WVU cannot go to the ACC, geographically it makes sense and could keep some old rivals and get some old rivals back along with new teams.  The Big 12 would work too, just anything to get WVU out of the Big East.  Big East football is an absolute joke of a conference and adding Navy, Army, ECU, UCF just makes it even worse!!!!!!!



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

What do the non-football schools of the Big East also have in common? (Depaul, G-Town, Marquette, Providence, St. Johns, Villanova, Seton Hall) They are also Catholic Universities, so if you were to add Xavier, Dayton, St. Joe's in Philly, maybe Duquesne...you would have a really good "Catholic League" and a way to cushion the blow of losing the Big East for these non-football schools.  I just don't see the Big East surviving in any way shape or form.



Since: Jan 9, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

College football in general is a joke.  College basketball is the only college sport that can compete with the pro version.  The ADs of Pitt and Cuse should be hung for what they have done to the only college sport worth watching.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

Sooner the better.



Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Report: Schools want Syracuse & Pitt gone soon

I am exNYER and graduate from St. John's University. Big East was never really a great football conference. Big East is known for it's basketball...nuff said...


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