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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: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:17 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday




Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

the ACC and Big East have two things in common..1) They both live under the illusion that basketball matters...it doesnt, and 2) they are both mid-major quality in football 

Says a guy whose BB in his conference sucks. If it weren't for UK, the SEC could just go ahead and quit BB altogether. No wonder you don't value it or care anything for it.

You talk like every team in the SEC is a powerhouse smash mouth great team. Get real. Outside of Bama and LSU, SEC football sucks. Face it.




Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

the ACC and Big East have two things in common..1) They both live under the illusion that basketball matters...it doesnt, and 2) they are both mid-major quality in football 



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:50 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

Syracuse will make more money now in football since it will be in the ACC . Basketball now has some great top rank teams in the ACC I cant wait to go cheer for Syracuse when they play north carolina and duke, GO ORANGE GO



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:23 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

Yea top of the conference. Big Deal! I look for winners. Big East Championships and National Championships. uconn has more of both!



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:20 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

"Whatever happens, we'll have to adjust to it," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told CBSSports.com by phone on Saturday. "I'm not commenting on Syracuse to the ACC, but in general I'm saying that I don't see how it's a good thing to have all these huge conferences. But I may be wrong. That's my opinion -- and I'm old. ... [But] some day we'll get to 16-team leagues and everybody may look back on it and say it wasn't such a great idea."       Doesnt look like Boehiem's happy to be leaving. Cause he knows the Big East is the best college basketball has to offer.  Look for him to retire soon



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 1:34 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

NC state, Miami, FSU and Clemson? Cmon they are a joke. 2 off your top 4 teams ya just stole from the Big East.



Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: September 18, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

I agree with you 100% on the topic of admittance to the Big East a few years ago. As East Carolina is mainly a "football-only" school as their basketball program is pretty much non-existent, I believe they would have competed quite well in that conference. I also agree that if they were taken by the SEC that it would be a battle between them, Vanderbilt and probably Kentucky for last place. The only reason I bring up the ACC though is because with their recent success in football and the addition of a coach with good potential in Ruffin McNeil would make them a better candidate football-wise then some current ACC schools (i.e. Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia).



Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

Hey pinstripes why doesn't Calhoun buy a couple more agents to get players to his school. You never hear of Boheim in trouble. Calhoun the Coach Cal of the Northeast.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 9:06 am
 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to ACC, likely in on Sunday

WOW!!!  and I thought the higher education institutions that make up the mighty ACC conference produced smarter people than this.  Me thinkith that the tabacco road gang is in for a very rude awakeing Foot in mouth



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