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Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:38 am
Edited on: January 18, 2012 12:41 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

With very little warning, the ACC made one of the most prominent moves in conference realignment in the middle of the 2011 regular season with the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse from the Big East. The bylaw-mandated 27-month exit period was thought to be negotiable, but all signs from Big East commissioner John Marinatto indicate that the league will hold all departing members to full withdrawal process.

Following the process outlined in the bylaws would hold off the conference move until the 2014-2015 academic year. While the ACC has made it clear they are prepared to work with the Big East to get Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the league sooner, they have not made any legal efforts to expedite the process. With the release of the ACC regular season schedule coming in early February, it is beginning to look unlikely that either school will be in the ACC for the 2012 season.

"You never say never, but it's unlikely there would be major changes once [the schedule] is set," Mike Finn, ACC associate commissioner in charge of football communications, told The Charlotte Observer.

The SEC and Pac-12 have both released their conference schedules for 2012, and the rest of the major conferences will likely follow suit in the next several weeks. The ACC released the 2011 league schedule on Feb. 14.

While the ACC seems comfortable waiting out the exit period, West Virginia is having a much more difficult time leaving the Big East. Both the school and the conference have filed competing lawsuits regarding West Virginia's plans to join the Big 12, and a Rhode Island judge has ordered both parties to enter non-binding mediation. West Virginia hopes to reach a settlement allowing the school to join the Big 12 in time for the 2012 season, while the league has no plans of making exception to the bylaws. A status conference has been scheduled for Feb. 9, as both parties hope to reach a resolution before the Big East and Big 12 release their conference schedules.

When the Big East releases their schedule for 2012, I would expect to see West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse on the slate. If the Big 12 includes West Virginia as well, it could lead to potentially massive headaches for both conferences. It seems as though the ACC is content avoiding the legalities and welcoming their new additions at a later date.

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Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Part of the issue with the ACC is the recruiting grounds overlap a lot with the SEC which is tough.

What is this tripe?  Do you think it's easy to recruit for WVU?  Talk about "overlaps" of territory.  Total bunk.  



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Hey Mountaineer.....I'm the first to admit you whooped up on us this year.  The Big East stunk during most of your glorious run to glory the past decade.  Do it over the next decade on the Big 12.....I will seriously respect that.

Was that a sPitt fan sighting?  Better yet, a sPitt fan talkin' smack?


Nothing to see here folks. Move along. Move along.     



Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

No chance that WVU plays a Big East scheule next year.  They may pay $25 million in damages, but they will not be in the Big East come July 1.  The Big East had served West Virginia well, but with the lack of foresight into solidifying the league by the "basketball mafia" that is Providence, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Villanova, Seton Hall, Depaul, Marquette, and St Johns, the football schools had enough foolishness.  Thus Pitt and Syracuse said goodbye, and West Virginia wasn't waiting around to rebuild the league again.  Fifth place in the Big 12 in football, is much better than second place in the Big East.

Notre Dame could have stopped all of this by playing football in the Big East.  They didn't. 



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

My theory is the ACC won't invite quality teams who offer competition they only bring in teams that are mediocre year in and year out and will help prop up the other programs already in. 


Show me evidence otherwise?  


70 points. That wasn't a fluke.  It was a testament to the competition level between the leagues. WVU could've posted 100 points if it hadn't called off the dogs mid 3rd quarter.  And that was the class of the ACC supposedly.  There wasn't one "expert" who thought WVU had a chance. They all said Clemson is much better and played better competition.  Based on what?    



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

ACC is better top to bottom than the Big East.  Every year the ACC has a higher RPI ranking than the Big East.  But the ACC definitley does not perform well in BCS bowl games.    Outside of WVU the Big East does not have a consistent Top 25-30 football program in the conference.  ACC has VA Tech, GA Tech, FSU & Clemson.  Part of the issue with the ACC is the recruiting grounds overlap a lot with the SEC which is tough. 



Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Hey Mountaineer.....I'm the first to admit you whooped up on us this year.  The Big East stunk during most of your glorious run to glory the past decade.  Do it over the next decade on the Big 12.....I will seriously respect that.



Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:43 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Pitt, Cuse and WVU will be playing BE football in 2012. I don't understand why WVU has a problem with that. WVU has at least a 50/50 chance to go to a BCS bowl in the BE. That's something they will never have a chance to do in the Big XII.



Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:39 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Two automatic wins for Duke?  you have to be kidding me.  They are arguably the worst D 1 school in the country when is comes to football.  I'm not saying Pitt and Syracuse are gems but you need the schools to improve football AND basketball.  I can't wait to kick the crap out of all these stuck up schools down there.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:39 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

First, the ACC doesn't care about their football schedule.  The ACC wants to know about their future basketball schedule.
Second, the FatGuy running the BigEast - in the interest of all parties - should start negotiating 2012 football games with Big12 members to fill the 7 game void created by WVU's departure.  That's win-win for the Big East, Big12 and TVnetworks.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:38 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Hey, Pitt and Cuse are you sure forks in ACC are welcomming you? I only see ESPN forks waiting for both of you Sealed


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