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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 CBSSports.com.

West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse were scheduled to leave the Big East in 2014, but the Mountaineers filed a lawsuit to exit early. CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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.



Comments

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:38 pm
 

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

Smorgie @ the Y..............You got that right, Virginia Tech will not schedule WVU anymore because of your arrogant fans and all the BS and cursing and bottle-throwing that goes in Mountaineer Stadium.  But friend let me tell you one thing, the HOKIES will meet up with your bunch of misfits any time we have the opportunity to play WVU in a Bowl game.  So remember Smorgie, any time VT has an opportunity to line up aganist your bunch in a BOWL GAME, the HOKIES and our GREAT FANS will be there waiting for your bunch of idiots !



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:26 pm
 

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

Forget football, but I want Syracuse and Pitt in the ACC as soon as possible in men's basketball. Under no situation should they have to go to SMU or Houston next year. And get UConn too!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:15 pm
 

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

The FACTS are, with Boise State, SMU and Houston coming into the Big East it is a BETTER football conference than it was with West Virginia, Pitt and Syracuse. Boise State is better than West Virginia, and it's not even close with SMU and ouston over perpetually underacheiving Pitt and no loss at all Syracuse. 
That's fiction. West Virginia is better than anyone coming into the Big East. This will not end well for the Big East. I have no idea why Boise State or San Diego State said yes.



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:04 pm
 

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

The FACTS are, with Boise State, SMU and Houston coming into the Big East it is a BETTER football conference than it was with West Virginia, Pitt and Syracuse. Boise State is better than West Virginia, and it's not even close with SMU and ouston over perpetually underacheiving Pitt and no loss at all Syracuse. 
Losing these teams in basketball is a bigger loss but when you factor in that the Big East has dominant programs in UConn, Louisville, Georgetown and is adding Memphis, the Big East is still among the top 3 basketball conferences in the country.When you add in the totally unpleasant experience of having to stomach West Virginia fans and their hometown on top of it, it's even a bigger win. 
So, final tally- a win in Football, a slight loss in basketball.
Overall, a huge loss for college sports fans everyewhere as tradtional rivalries and the ability to travel easily to games has been lost in this all greed consuming merger activity. 



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:52 pm
 

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

OK, why oh why are all the WVU fans so damned arrogant here? The move might be a good one for them EVENTUALLY, but for a few years it should only hurt their chances of getting into any major bowl game. They had a better opportunity to win the BE than they do to simply do "well" in the Big12. Yes, the Big12 is better (in football) than are the BigEast or ACC, but basketball is a drop so it seems a bit of a wash to me. I happen to be a Syracuse fan, I'm going to MISS the basketball portion of the schedule and as far as football, meh, going from a bad football conference to one that's "not as bad" but still not real good so again, I think it's a bit of a wash...



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:36 pm
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Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:29 pm
 

CubsFan is stickeater

Seriously, You want to sit there and tell me about the great defenses of the ACC when you play the vast majority of your games against the ACC?  Dumas.

How'd your great defenses do in the bowls this year?

How'd your great offenses do in the bowls this year?

That should clear it up for you Cubby ( I typed it slow just for you, honey.)

West Virginia was 2-0 against the ACC this year with Holgorsen's offense.  Could have won more but only had the two games scheduled.  Vagina Tech won't play WVU anymore. 

Anyways, I'd say enjoy your Pittsburgh and Syracuse upgrade, but we all know it's not an upgrade.

So just for you Cubby, know this, the figures always lie and liars always figure.  Peace

-nllnn



 



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:58 pm
 

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

You know some people up in WVU-land just don't get it, or understand it, or they just want to make problems no matter what the subject matter may be.  Most Psychologist call it an Inferiority Complex and then some just call it jealously.  Yes ! PITT and SYRACUSE will be playing a schedule in the ACC next year effective July 1, 2013. ALL the other ACC Universities welcome these two elite Universities to the Conference.  It is complementary that the ACC did not push PITT and SYRACUSE to leave the BE in 2012. PITT and SYRACUSE have helped the BE in the long-run by staying until 2013, when then the BE will have 6 new football schools on board.  With that being said, I'm sure PITT and SYRACUSE will be happy to make it into the ACC by 2013. I'm sure PITT and SYRACUSE will save some huge dollars in travel expenses within the ACC Conference for ALL-SPORTS Competition.  Several current ACC Schools already have PITT & SYRACUSE on their football schedules in 2012 and 2013 anyway.  The ACC is a great conference for 60 Years now in Academic and Athletic Excellence !!  
 



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:54 pm
 

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

Smorgie, one less game against WVU means one less game of having to hire extra security.  Your fans have proven to me one of the most arrogant, aggressive fans to the opposing teams and have showed no class whatsoever to visiting teams.  Why don't you celebrate by starting another riot on your campus?  WVU fans have prove time and time again to be nothing but losers.



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:41 pm
 

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

Thats the BEST news Clemson got since the horn sounded the end of their Orange bowl game against West Virginia.

They better make good on that WEAK ACC schedule (Average Coast Conference).

Although, by all reports FSU is primed to head back to the TOP of the conference.

When the Tigers beat the Noles this past season the Noles had 7 starters injured for their game!

The Tigers OUSTED defensive ooordinator Kevin Steele in favor of assistant Brent Venebles (Okla).

A writer from the Greenville News called his pairing with Offensive Coodinator (Chad Morris) "The Dream Team"

It remains to be seen whether they will be a "dream" for Tiger Fans or more of the same "nightmare" you saw against West Virginia!

 


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