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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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Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 8:27 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

I can see Syracuse cause they are a bunch of pansies that cant handle tough Big East ball, but Pitt?
Yup. That must be it. We can't handle the tough Big East, even though we finish towards the top of the conference most years. You're totally correct.


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Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 8:10 am
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Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 7:12 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

Anybody who has been naive enough to not realize that all of these conference realignment decisions are being made up 100% with regard to football, this move and Texas A&M to SEC should convince you.  It's where the money is.

And, I have bad news for the fans who been proudly beating the "Big East is best basketball conference" drum.  That will come to an end.

Duke, UNC, Syracuse, Pitt, NC State, Miami, Florida State, Clemson and company

overmatches

UConn, Louisville, Georgetown, St. John's, West Virginia, Providence, and company 



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 3:49 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

This move has to be about $ and football.  Cause why would any basketball team want to leave the Big East? Its the best conference in the country. The ACC is a mere shell of what it used to be in basketball. I can see Syracuse cause they are a bunch of pansies that cant handle tough Big East ball, but Pitt? They are a tough nosed team who fits in perfectly in the Big East. Maybe they figure the ACC hasnt seen a tough team like them and they can bully these weak ACC teams. I couldnt care less about Cuse but i hate seeing Pitt go. Watch out Duke, ya bout to get a dose of Big East ball. Be careful what ya wish for. That being said watch for another championship from the Big East. Uconn may have lost Kemba, but have a great core returning and just got Drummond who may be the best player in the country. So even with Pitt(notorious tourney chokers),and Cuse(soft) leaving to go to the ACC, The Best conference in the country:BIG EAST: will win another National Championship before the ACC does!
 



Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 1:18 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

The Pitt-Penn State rivalry of my teen years was fun to watch. That disappeared when PSU went to the Big Ten. I was hoping Pitt would join them this time, rekindling the rivalry, maybe brining WVU into it too.




Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 1:02 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

I really feel sorry for TCU.  They fought tooth and nail to get into a BCS conference, and now that they're in one it's falling apart and is probably on the verge of losing that status.  But then again, the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 will soon be super conferences, so I figure TCU can join the ACC as well and have 4 super conferences, and say adios to the Bull S**t Chamionship series (hmm, that's BSC, not BCS, it fits better).



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:57 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

oh no not them...i really didnt think the almost competitive conference could get worse...i was wrong....id rather have baylor and iowa state



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:49 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

How would Notre Dame be a big "get" for the football side? Notre Dame has sucked or been mediocre almost as long as Pitt and Syracuse has in that sport.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:49 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

I dont agree the Big East is finished, just finished as a football conf. I see the remaining football programs jumping ship (with Notre Dame finally going to the Big 10)while the remaining basketballs schools seek to merge with the A10 for a supersized basketball only league with the new Big East having the following Basketball schools; (Or, the A10 could kill the Big East by poaching the 8 basketball only schools, but you get the point...)

Villanova, Georgetown, Depaul, Marquette, St. Johns, Seton Hall, Providence, Charlotte, Duquesne, Dayton, Xavier, Fordham, George Washington, LaSalle, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, St Josephs. 

That would give 18 teams. I left St. Louis off, I think they have to find a new conf and UMASS is going FBS, so I see them going something like MAC or MEAC conf. Of course, they could also choose to keep both of those teams for Basketball and other Olympic sports while UMASS keeps football in another conf. If they go that route they could make 2 divisions of 10 teams.

Whether this is the New Big East or an expanded A 10, that would be one bad ass basketball league in either the 18 or 20 team format. 



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:19 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

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."
Fancy talk for "crap"  I'm not going to have a job next year. Well all know the Big East and Big 12 are gone. Why let the commishoners pretend their conference is any different. Bye Bye Big east, and Bye Bye Big 12. On to the future. Just a few rich dipsh@@@ts without a job come next year.


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