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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: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:31 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Pitt and Syracuse may well be waiting until 2013 to move, but WVU is out now and it's the Big Easts own fault.  If they wanted to hold teams to the waiting period they should have done that with TCU who was in their 2 year wait to leave the Mountain West when the Big 12 called, they weren't held to the 27 month wait they paid and walked as will WVU.  Just because they hadn't played a game in the Big East yet, TCU had paid the entrance fee and were waiting to join and all they had to do was pay the exit fee and leave, so has WVU and the courts will see this soon.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:30 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Syracuse and Pitt have made HUGE mistakes...just ask Boston College..Their fan base will not travel to the  south to watch their games..The Big east tournament wasnt a terribly long drive from either school and families could watch their kids play in person..They could recruit northern kids cause the families could drive to the Garden..not the case anymore. B.C. went after the money and now they're irrelevent
BC was already irrelevant. But you make the mistake of comparing different situations. When BC left, it was the only school in the league north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Now it has Pitt and Syracuse up there with it, and Connecticut and Rutgers badly want to go too.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:17 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Syracuse and Pitt have made HUGE mistakes...just ask Boston College..Their fan base will not travel to the  south to watch their games..The Big east tournament wasnt a terribly long drive from either school and families could watch their kids play in person..They could recruit northern kids cause the families could drive to the Garden..not the case anymore. B.C. went after the money and now they're irrelevent



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:07 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

With all due respect to all of you guys, it's my opinion WVU, PITT and SYRACUSE will be playing in their respective new conferences by 2013.  This gives the BIG EAST reasonable time to grow back to a competitive football conference, which is what the 27 Month Rule is for. Virginia Tech and PITT are already scheduled to play each other in 2012 and 2013 in out of conference games. I also think the BIG EAST Commissioner is hurting his conference in the long-run by not allowing PITT, SYRACUSE and WVU leave by 2013.  As everyone knows, in law suits no one really wins but the lawyers. For WVU and and their AD to expect to be released by the BIG EAST for 2012 is certainly a STRETCH in anyone's court, due to reasonable time.  I think somewhere down the road, the BIG EAST may need a favor from the BIGXII and ACC someday, so I would think it would be good for everyone envolved with this in the BE Conference to try and work things out for 2013. Thank you for letting me state my opinion. 



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:07 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Big East Football has only been around for 20, so not sure how you have been watching it for 30.

fact



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Big deal!! Until then the Big East will remain the best basketball conference....and when the CUSE&Pitt exit.... then the ACC will be the best basketball conference. Enjoy what exist!! it all comes down to March Madness anyway.  The Cuse is in the HOUSE OH MY  God!!



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:32 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Who you callin' a moron?!?!?!?!?



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:19 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

WVU wants to get out the Big East to avoid playing Syracuse


Syracuse 49 West Virginia 24  lol




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:16 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

I am not a fan of the ACC. I think their sports are overall over rated (look at the bowl games alone this year), however I give credit that the ACC recognizes that one needs to follow what one has agreed to and all the members of the Big East agreed to 27 months after notice of intent to depart. I appreciate that West Virginia is stating that by the departure of Pitt and Syracuse the conference leadership failed at its part of the contract and so in fact released all the members from the 27 month rule.  Well that may be true looking at all sports (Syracuse and Pitt basketball for example are powers), but as far as football- the departure of Syracuse and Pitt can only help the conference improve in stature.  In the end however, West Virginia may get to depart early and join the Big 12, but in the process burnt bridges that can never be rebuilt and took itself from the frying pan to the fire.  Everyone must recall that in August 2011 (that is right not even 6 months ago) the Big 12 was written off as dead as the gang of four (those Oklahoma and Texas schools) were heading the PAC 12 and the Big East were to get the “left over” (not my words but those of CBS sports and ESPN writers). History has a way of biting those in the butt that choose to ignore it.


You make some valid points but honestly I'm sure that WVU doesn't care that the Big East bridge is smoldering in flames. WVU has done it's "bit for king and country" with regards to the Big East.  It didn't anticipate yet a third raid by the ACC or TCU pulling out before they even got to the league.  And when all is said and done, what choice does WVU have now?  WVU wasn't about to sit around any longer and wait for the failed leadership of the Big East to fix things, they acted in self preservation (just like sPitt and 'Cuse did).  And I will bet some decent money that if WVU bargains it's way out sPitt and Cuse will file a lawsuit within days if not hours wanting to go now.  Nobody wants to be tied to this league anymore.   There's inherent risk in any conference move, but WVU already has seen and knows the danger of staying in the Big East.  I was quite shocked Boise took the bait of an Auto AQ to play there, they have to be hoping to make a big splash in the remaining years (few they are) of BE football and get a chance to join another conference down the road.



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:10 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Hey Pitt fans I hope you are stuck in the big east for the full amount of time. Why would anyone want to play in the big east anymore. The traditions are all gone and the facts are no one except for maybe Boise state wants to be there. The team I feel sorry for is Louisville and I hope they come to the big 12 soon. Pitt you stay in the big east and put up with all the ridicule and bad feelings we will get out of this mess and thrive in a real league DougWVYFan1

Hey, what's 100 feet long and has three teeth? The line for french fries at a WVU Home Game! Nah, just kidding. It would have to be something free for the line to be that long. But, Dougie, in case you hadn't noticed...Pitt and Syracuse are heading to a conference that WVU was denied admittance to, while your beloved mountaineers are heading to the Big 12 - a conference that existing teams have either left, or are in the process of trying to leave. I'll say this though. I miss the original basketball Big East. And you're right about one thing. The traditions are all gone and it's just not as much fun as it used to be. 


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