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

Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:46 am
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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.



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Comments

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:17 pm
 

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

PackRanger, you forgot to mention to the dumb@ss err, i mean, Smorgie, that ranked by scoring defense (the most important stat)FSU was #4, VT was #8, and Miami was tied for #21 giving the ACC THREE of the top scoring defenses in the country. Some people are just haters, idiots, or both! Oh, and just for good measure my team UVA was number 31, so 4 teams in the top 35, not bad.

One last thing, for those curious the SEC had 7 in the top 35, the Big 10 had 6, so the ACC having 4 is pretty good defensive company I would say.

 



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:57 am
 

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

You apparently didn't read the article above.. Cuse and Pitt will in fact be playing football in the ACC in 2013..  That's the football season after next football season...  Drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:51 am
 

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

Good luck with all those 7-5 seasons in the Big 12 West Virginia - no more Big East patsies to beat up on.



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:19 am
 

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

That's just one team, and they played weak competition with the exception of Oklahoma which turned out not to be all that great.  They have added alot of talent but until the produce against top notch team week in and week out, or at least show up for a big game against at good team you FSU fans should watch what you say about defense.



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:56 am
 

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

Smorgie @ the Y, what makes you think the ACC doesn't play defense?  Are you talking about the Orange Bowl.  Yes, Clemson had their worst defensive game of the year.  Sadly for the ACC, it just happened to be on a big stage.  If you want to talk about another bowl game, how about last year's Champs Sports Bowl, where NCSU beat WVU 23-7.  Defense?  I think we played some in that game.  Secondly, if you look at a lot of the stats nationally, you'll find ACC players near the top of each category, especially INTs where NCSU's David Amerson led the nation this year with 13.  If you want to talk about a conference not playing defense, wait until you get into the Big XII.  I mean Graham Harrell put up stupid numbers in that conference for goodness sake.  Have fun in that conference where your nearest opponent will be in Ames, IA.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:13 am
 

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

No defense huh? I think FSU finished 4th Nationally & may have the best defense in 2012 w/ 9 of 11 starters back & a highly ranked (especially on Defense) recruiting class.



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:56 am
 

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

Guys, Pitt and Cuse were already given the option to leave early for roughly the same cost as WVU.  Also, you have to wait TWO more years, not one.  You'll be playing out 2012-13 and 2013-2014 in the Big East.  Both can afford the wait though.  The ACC has no NEED to expand.



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:37 am
 

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

Looks like another year until we are ACCHoles.  I wonder if I will grow more arrogant, uppity, and overbearing in that year...  I sure will do my best :-)







Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:35 am
 

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

I for one am glad the West Virginia can pave the way for Pittsburgh and Syracuse to better themselves a year earlier. I am sure those two are used to following in WVU's footsteps.

Good luck Pitt and Syracuse in the ACC, here's a hint - they don't play defense in that conference and they have no idea how to stop the Colorado School of the Mines fly sweep. 


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