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Pitt, Syracuse won't try to join ACC this fall

Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:46 am

Although West Virginia is bolting from the Big East early, Pittsburgh and Syracuse will not leave the Big East this fall for the Atlantic Coast Conference, college football industry sources told

West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse were scheduled to leave the Big East in 2014, but the Mountaineers filed a lawsuit to exit early. reported last week that West Virginia and the Big East reached a verbal agreement that would pay the Big East $20 million and resolve the issues between the two parties, allowing the Mountaineers to join the Big 12 on July 1. 

Sources told that Pittsburgh and Syracuse won’t try to leave this summer, but will attempt to negotiate deals to allow them to join the ACC a year early in 2013. Unlike West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse have not pursued any legal action to get out of the Big East’s 27-month exit requirement and leave before 2014.

The main reason Pittsburgh and Syracuse are not trying to leave the Big East this season is both schools don’t want to be “any more disruptive to the Big East” for the coming season. If Pittsburgh and Syracuse left for the ACC this summer, the Big East could be down to only five football members.

Another reason, Pittsburgh and Syracuse aren’t trying to join the ACC this fall, is because the ACC doesn’t desperately need the teams to fill out this year’s league schedule, like the Big 12 needed West Virginia to replace Missouri in its 2012 schedule.

With West Virginia paying $20 million to leave the Big East two years early, Pittsburgh and Syracuse each would likely have been required to pay the same amount to leave this summer. Also by waiting until 2013, they likely can negotiate a deal to only pay $10 million – double the $5 they initially paid when they announced they were leaving. That $10 million figure is the Big East’s current exit fee since Navy announced it was joining the league last month.

Finally the timing of a move in 2013 for Pittsburgh and Syracuse also would make more sense logistically since that’s when the Big East will be adding six members – Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF.

In December, Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross said his school would honor the Big East’s 27-month exit agreement, but indicated the Orange preferred to leave sooner.

“We’re just open to seeing what happens,” Gross told two months ago. “They (the Big East) are starting to put together what the new Big East will look like. As they go forward to put together new multi-media deals, they’re going to need us to move out of the way. We’re waiting for that.”

Big East commissioner John Marinatto has said repeatedly that West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse would not be allowed to exit the league until 2014.

Two weeks ago, when the ACC announced that Pittsburgh would compete in the ACC’s Coastal Division and Syracuse in the ACC’s Atlantic Division when they officially join the league, ACC commissioner John Swofford would not speculate whether the ACC would help Pitt and Syracuse financially to leave the Big East before 2014.

“The fact we made our decision how we will schedule and compete certainly helps us (when they join),” Swofford said. “In terms of when that time may come, I don’t want to get into a hypothetical of this or that. Our position continues to be that we want to prepare ourselves when they’re ready and it’s appropriate for them to join us.”

That won’t be this summer, but the ACC won’t have to wait until 2014 either.


Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:53 pm

Pitt, Syracuse won't try to join ACC this fall

I agree.  WVU fans make fun of Miami too!!!  Are you kidding me???  Miami leads the WVU series 16-3 and has won FIVE national championships to WVU's ZERO national championships.  They say that is in the past and doesn't count.  Well, if that is true in about ten years those WVU BCS wins don't count anymore.  Trust me, WVU will be very very very lucky to win the Big12 once every ten years.  Let's not forget WVU was crushed at Syracuse this past season and lost to Lville at home.  Clemson was a joke this year with about 4 lucky wins, so WVU was so lucky they did not play Stanford or Oklahoma State in their BCS game!

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:26 pm

Pitt, Syracuse won't try to join ACC this fall

I do believe Pitt and Syracuse will leave after this year and WVU would've liked to do the same but college football is all about TV contracts and money and the Big 12 had to have 10 teams now.  The Big 12 didn't have the same contract the Big East and other conferences had for leaving and Missouri and Texas A&M left before replacements arrived and 2 teams were needed immediately.  WVU will be better off in the long run and the ACC will be the next conference to be harvested for parts, Clemson and Florida State the Big 12 and SEC will soon be calling,  if looking for all sports Duke and UNC will draw interst but the rest have nothing to offer.

Since: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:22 pm

Pitt, Syracuse won't try to join ACC this fall

Screw the Big East. Who cares about the conference? They only worry about football when they are on the verge of elimination. Pitt and SU owe them nothing and with other teams gone all they have to do is say " We're Leaving". Pay the 5 million and tell the ACC to schedule games then drag it out in the courts and the Big East will have to make there schedules.

Pitt needs to sue the Big East for these moves of WVU and TCU. This leaves them 2 games short on home games.

No tickets for me in the Big East. I'm waiting.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:34 pm

Pitt, Syracuse won't try to join ACC this fall

;     Quit living in the past.Has SU ever played in a BCS game,EVER.THE LAST TIME PITT PLAYED In a BCS Bowl they got waxed by Urban Meyer Coach Utah Team.Pitts Coach was its not my Fault Walt Harris.SU playes in a Dump THE CARRIER DOME,PITT SHARES THE STADIUM WITH THE STEELERS.BOTH  Places are losing people every day.Didn't take Todd Graham long to figure out TO GET THE HELL OUT OF PITT.Now both of you are moving to THE ALTANLIC CHOKE CONFERENCE.ENJOY YOU GUYS ARE A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:10 pm

Pitt, Syracuse won't try to join ACC this fall

WVU bashing pitt is about as surprising as a 24 hour day (and vice verse).  It's a shame to see such a long time rivalry come to an end.  I also hate seeing WVU losing Cuse on their schedule.  I've personally always respected Cuse, and I think they are headed back in the right direction.   Playing a Big 12 schedule will be cool.  You can't help but get excited about having teams like Ok and Texas on your schedule.  I think what happened to the BE is a shame though.  The first raid of the BE with VT, UM, and BC taught the BE leadership nothing.  I think the entire realignment process has been a badge of shame for multiple conferences and schools.  It is hard to blame any of the former BE schools, however.  It should be obvious to everyone that the league has not protected the interest of their football schools- former or current.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:49 pm

Pitt, Syracuse won't try to join ACC this fall

I love all these people (mostly WVU fans) bashing Pitt's and SU's football programs. Sports successes and/or failures are typically cyclical. With that said, one would most definitely have to say that SU football, perhaps a little more so than Pitt, has been more dominant than WVU over the last few decades. WVU has generally had the upper hand in recent years but I believe SU leads the all-time series 31-27 and has certainly produced some bigger names (McNabb, Marvin Harrison, Jim Brown, Csonka, Ernie Davis, Art Monk, etc.) than WVU.  In summary, enjoy it now WVU as it's not always going to be this way.     

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:20 pm

Pitt, Syracuse won't try to join ACC this fall

can't wait until uppity Texas fans have to go to Morgantown.  LOL

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:38 pm

Pitt, Syracuse won't try to join ACC this fall

If find it a bit ironic that the BIG EAST is poaching as many teams as it can but are sticking to the 27 month exit clause for current members.  Just more reason to dislike the BIG LEAST Conference.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:03 pm

Pitt, Syracuse won't try to join ACC this fall

Big East should now quickly sign Air Force and Temple for 2013(when Pitt and cuse leave) and have 12 team FB and 20 team BB schedule. Make them all All-Sports, the others allow for travel that would be reasonable tripps to play a few then fly back.<br /><br />6 West: Boise, AF*, SDSU, Hou, SMU, Memhis <br /><br />6 East FB Cincy, Rutgers, UConn, South Florida, Cent Florida, Temple* <br /><br />8 other sports Marquet, Depaul, Notre Dame, George Town, Seton Hall, Villinova, St Johns, Providence

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:56 pm

Pitt, Syracuse won't try to join ACC this fall

i'm not a fan of the mountaineer team or how they left but you cant look at that schedule and not get excited about better games

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