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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: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

JoMtneer, who are you to criticize anyone when you put down Pitt so much?  I am sure that isn't a typo when you type 'sPitt'.  You deserve all of the attacks from the immature Pitt fans that you give out.  You can't play all high and mighty when you are continually on these boards putting down Pittsburgh.  Personally, I hate it from any side, but when someone gives it back to you, you have to be man enough to accept it.



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:02 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Here's the funny thing.  When Pitt and Syracuse were in the Big East it was the weakest BCS conference.  When Pitt and Syracuse join the ACC it will be the weakest BCS conference.  There's a common denominator there.  Can you spot it?

The ACC used to be Florida State and a collection of so-so teams.  Now it's Virginia Tech and a collection of so-so teams.

When Virginia Tech, BC, and Miami left I heard some one (I wish I could remeber the guy's name) say something along these lines.  With the buzz at the time being how can the Big East survive, he pointed out that the Big East is was really not losing anything of real value and would probably be a stronger football conference.  He said if one would look closely at wha was leaving - the most over-rated program in the nation (Tech), the most corrupt program in the nation (The U), and a program that has never been relevant except when they had Flutie (BC) the BE actually had a huge opportunity and not a setback.  That guy hit the nail on the head, and the BE made a very good initial move when it added Cincy, Louisville, and South Florida, but the leadership failed to move forward with a sound strategy to make BE football better in the future.  Because of that the BE continuously lost respect which has now led to this mess. 



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:52 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

HOWEVER.. you're obviously going to sit there and be a dick because nobody's worshipping the Mountaineers, so I'm not going to waste another minute on you.  I'm sure you have sheep to molest, anyway - way to use that agriculture degree!

Moron.



Actually my degree from WVU is in a different field but thanks for demonstrating to the CBS world here that when your argument is defeated you resort to some stupid insult about sheep.  You're a shining example of why Mommy and Daddy need to password protect their pc. Thanks for playing.  



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Yeah, but what about the taped phone conversation of Fine's wife where she practically calls her hubby a pedo?



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:42 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Actually, no.. Syracuse also has top rated law and engineering schools.  What does WVU teach, A&M?

I never said the WAC was a great football conference.  Neither is the Big East.  That was my point.  A few big wins in BCS games does NOT elevate the entire conference to some kind of powerhouse.  It's simple logic.  WVU is a good football school.  The Big East is NOT a good football conference anymore.  If you had read carefully, you would have see that.  Try again.

And yes.. non-binding mediation means that if they make an agreement, that's fine.  However, since they weren't willing that, do you really think they're going to say "aw, nevermind.  Let's play nice"?  No.  The Big XII is probably going to have to pay a ton of cash to get WVU out early, and if they let WVU leave early, they have to let Syracuse and Pitt go too, and the Big East will not let that happen.  The only way WVU is in the Big XII this year is if the judge orders binding arbitration, and that's going to happen.




HOWEVER.. you're obviously going to sit there and be a dick because nobody's worshipping the Mountaineers, so I'm not going to waste another minute on you.  I'm sure you have sheep to molest, anyway - way to use that agriculture degree!

Moron. 

Syracuse and sPitt leaving has ZERO to do with what WVU is doing.  They aren't suing to leave, WVU is.  Why are you intertwining either of those two schools to what WVU is doing? And what is the point of doing so? Now if you had posted something that made sense like "I'm sure sPitt and 'Cuse are monitoring the situation closely and maybe they will sue to get out if WVU wins" I'd have given you credit for at least posting something that had some reason to it.  Those two schools have agreed to stay the waiting period.  WVU does not agree. It wants out now. Two totally separate issues despite your vain attempt to link them.

You're done? Oh, in other words, you're done because your argument has been destroyed by not only me but others here.  That's fine.  I acknowledge that you have conceded that argument.     



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:37 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Obviously you missed the news that they can find no facts to back up those claims, and that one of the guys already admitted that he lied..  Too bad for you.



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:35 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Yeah Zaber that's exactly what they teach at WVU.  What do they teach at Syracuse?  I hear the child molestation program is fully accredited and second only to Penn State.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:34 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

13 - 9

And that is all you have to say there sPitthead?

Here's a few other numbers for you:

sPitt Football Record 2011 6-7 BLASTED by SMU in the nobody cares bowl. Last final top 25 ranking was when?

WVU 3 BCS wins, sPitt - ZERO BCS appearances

WVU sPitt Record since since 2001

WVU 7 wins sPitt 4 wins 


Remember that choke job you pulled two years ago against Cincinnatti, up 31 points and LOST the game, LOST your only chance at a BCS.  Sure you got one on us.  We got a lot more on you.


Now run off with your booger eating coach already.     




PS How's your basketball team doing?    
      
;     




Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:28 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Here are some more facts

West Virginia has carried the big east for some time now. The moron big east commisioner has let this league die and should be held accountable for his actions. I dont see any of the other big east schools stepping up and asking for this guys head. We should have reloaded years ago but this moron put all his emphasis on basketball. Why is this guy still in charge? Hey big east wake up and smell the manure this guy is shoveling. He wants to hold WV in a league that for all practical puposes died years ago and now has a reputation for mediocraty. Let my MOUNTAINEERS GO play in a real league where they will get some much needed respect




Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:27 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse not likely on 2012 ACC schedule

Actually, no.. Syracuse also has top rated law and engineering schools.  What does WVU teach, A&M? 

I never said the WAC was a great football conference.  Neither is the Big East.  That was my point.  A few big wins in BCS games does NOT elevate the entire conference to some kind of powerhouse.  It's simple logic.  WVU is a good football school.  The Big East is NOT a good football conference anymore.  If you had read carefully, you would have see that.  Try again.

And yes.. non-binding mediation means that if they make an agreement, that's fine.  However, since they weren't willing that, do you really think they're going to say "aw, nevermind.  Let's play nice"?  No.  The Big XII is probably going to have to pay a ton of cash to get WVU out early, and if they let WVU leave early, they have to let Syracuse and Pitt go too, and the Big East will not let that happen.  The only way WVU is in the Big XII this year is if the judge orders binding arbitration, and that's going to happen.




HOWEVER.. you're obviously going to sit there and be a dick because nobody's worshipping the Mountaineers, so I'm not going to waste another minute on you.  I'm sure you have sheep to molest, anyway - way to use that agriculture degree!

Moron. 


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