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Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:32 am
Edited on: September 18, 2011 12:14 am
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Pittsburgh and Syracuse submitted letters of application to the Atlantic Coast Conference and are "likely gone" from the Big East, high ranking ACC and Big East officials told CBSSports.com.

CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish reported Saturday afternoon that the league could vote to accept the two schools as early as Sunday. On Saturday night the ACC announced it would hold a media teleconference at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The league did not specify what the teleconference was about, but the league's presidents are expected to formally vote to admit Pitt and Syracuse Sunday morning.

It's unknown if the schools could join the ACC next season.

Here’s the latest breakdown on what to expect among the six automatic qualifying conferences.

Pittsburgh and Syracuse independently submitted letters of application to the ACC, a league source told CBSSports.com.

Florida State President Eric Barron told The Associated Press on Saturday before the Seminoles played No. 1 Oklahoma that the ACC was excited about adding to its "northern tier."

"Pittsburgh and Syracuse, who have applied, these are solid academic schools, and the ACC is a truly academic conference," Barron said. "Certainly great basketball teams, a good history of football.

"I'm sure consideration will be very fast. I'll be surprised if it's not [Sunday]."

Earlier, a Big East official told CBSSports.com: "There is no scenario where a president applies to a league and isn't admitted."

Ironically, Pittsburgh chancellor Mark Nordenberg is the chairman of the Big East's executive committee. A Big East official added: "It's sort of like the fox in the hen house."

An ACC official said its league has been contacted by 10 schools, but the official would not disclose what conferences those schools were from. 

Also, at last week’s ACC presidents meeting in Greensboro, N.C., the league’s presidents “unanimously” voted to increase the ACC’s exit fee to $20 million. This takes affect immediately. The previous exit fee amount was $12 million to $15 million.

The loss of Syracuse and Pittsburgh could be devastating to the Big East. Syracuse was a founding member and Pittsburgh has been with the league since 1982.

An ACC official also indicated Texas has "reached out" to the ACC, but any speculation that Texas is joining the ACC is "premature."

An ACC official also said there is no timeline on expansion for the league.

In July, ACC commissioner John Swofford talked about expansion with CBSSports.com.

"I don't think it's inevitable, doesn't mean it won't happen," Swofford said. "That [going to 16 teams] is not easy to do. It's a very sexy subject to write about. It's easy to write about it and make those predictions, but if they don't come true nobody remembers you made those predictions. I think in talking [to other BCS commissioners] -- all of us -- what we want to do is what's best for our conference. We had some very thorough [talks] in the past year because of last summer -- that weren't very public -- but they were very thorough. Our preference is to remain at 12 [schools], we like 12 as the number. We're not crazy about 14 or 16 [schools] because it begins to change a number of things tangibly such as scheduling and intangibly such as culture.

"But we want to remain nimble enough so if we want to look in that direction we'll be ready to do that in very short order. Twelve [teams] works. It's not to say 14 or 16 can't work, it can. I don't think [16 team conferences] is inevitable, it's possible."

A Big East official said it's "common knowledge" among league members that Pittsburgh wants to get its name out in expansion talks.

The Big East, trying to survive all the conference realignment scenarios, has reached out to Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Iowa State Baylor, said a Big 12 athletic director.

“Although I was obviously very disappointed to learn the news about the ACC’s being in discussions about membership with the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University, I continue to believe the Big East Conference is well positioned for the future and that the events of the past 24 hours will unify our membership," Big East commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement. "We have been working steadily to solidify and strengthen the Big East  Conference and position us for our upcoming TV negotiations and I am confident that we will again emerge from this situation and remain strong."

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Comments

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Big East official: Pitt, Syracuse "likely gone"

Since 16 is the magic number and ACC invited two powerhouse basketball schools (not football), I really think that Texas and Kansas are ACC bound too. Texas is going to help in football and basketball and Kansas is going to help in Basketball. Then no more Big east basketball power it will then go back to the ACC.

Kansas slappies are dreaming, it's the Sunbelt for you




Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Big East official: Pitt, Syracuse "likely gone"

 I just don't see WVU ever getting enough votes to be a viable conference member in the ACC or SEC !!
Why not? Just because? That's stupid. WVU would be perfect for ACC. WVU will HAVE to do something now, they cannot stay in the now even weaker BE.




On another note, PITT will now just have to dominate the ACC hoops schedule instead of the BE. Be afraid UNC & Duke you pansies!!!



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Big East official: Pitt, Syracuse "likely gone"

Well, Kansas fans can breathe a sigh of relief; it looks like they have a place of refuge.  Not sure how good it'll be when all's said and done, but still.



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Big East official: Pitt, Syracuse "likely gone"

I am bummed because I absolutely LOVE Big East basketball!!! PITT better still play WVU if WVU doesn't join. Please join WVU, mainly because I hate you and still want to play you. If they don't join, the Backyard Brawl better be a yearly game in football at the very least if not both!!


HAIL PITT!!!




Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Big East official: Pitt, Syracuse "likely gone"

Time for the Big Ten to make a counter offer to Pitt or Syracuse (or both) or miss out on the chance to expand their East Coast presence (or make an offer to Maryland). I'd like to see a second school from the East in the Big Ten so Penn State isn't so lonely.



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Big East official: Pitt, Syracuse "likely gone"

I admit that ACC football hasn't been up to snuff but I can't see the conference losing it's BCS AQ status because of it.  What other conference is there to step up and take it?  Unfortunatly for the Big East as is, is more likely to lose the AQ status.  But suppose that both the ACC and the Big East were in danger of losing their AQ status.  Now two conferences need to step up.  I can see TCU going back to the Mountain West (I don't know the details involved in going back) and certainly solidifiying that conference's AQ candidacy.  Let's not forget that the Big XII is not standing on solid ground. So that leaves us with (possibly) AQ conferences of...

ACC
(combined) Big East + Big XII remenants
Big 10
Pac 12
Mountain West
SEC 

There may be some additional shuffling before all is said and done, but that is how I see it playing out. 



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Big East official: Pitt, Syracuse "likely gone"

This is a good get in football also. 
SU and Pitt both teams with National Championship history. Heisman winners. SU with more NFL hall of famers than any current ACC member. Pittsburgh becomes a improved recruiting ground for all ACC teams. Anyone following football knows that Syracuse 
is on the way back. Greg Robinson is not SU's coach anymore.
Lets not forget TV either.
ACC Espn deal sucks.
How about the ACC network. SU would deliver NYC on basic cable.
 You do the math!
 



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Big East official: Pitt, Syracuse "likely gone"

clearly you are not a fan of the game, you have no passion for it... therefore, you will never understand. Most people at the end of the day could really care less about the tvcontracts and the "logos" on the uni's. That stuff has only happened because of the popularity of the game, which is why those things have not changed the attraction, b/c the product on the field is great.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Big East official: Pitt, Syracuse "likely gone"

Dear BigdaddyQH,  As I have said earlier to you, WVU would NOT be a good fit for the ACC and SEC for a variety of reasons.  I just don't see WVU ever getting enough votes to be a viable conference member in the ACC or SEC !!



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Big East official: Pitt, Syracuse "likely gone"

Since 16 is the magic number and ACC invited two powerhouse basketball schools (not football), I really think that Texas and Kansas are ACC bound too. Texas is going to help in football and basketball and Kansas is going to help in Basketball. Then no more Big east basketball power it will then go back to the ACC.


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