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Big East: different look, but same name

Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:38 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 7:43 pm
 

NEW YORK – First things first: the Big East Conference, stretching four time zones from the East Coast to the West Coast, is not undergoing a name change.

It will remain the Big East.

It will, however, look much, much different.

On Wednesday, the league announced that Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU and UCF would join the league in 2013. Boise State and San Diego State as football-only members and Houston, SMU and UCF as all-sport members.

And even with the addition of those five schools, Big East commissioner John Marinatto said the league has no plans to allow West Virginia (to the Big 12) and Syracuse and Pittsburgh (to the ACC) to leave before June 30, 2014, as required by conference by-laws.

“The additions that we're making today have no impact whatsoever in regard to our commitment and our belief that our schools that are leaving would fulfill the 27‑month requirement clause that's currently in our bylaws,” Marinatto said. “The bylaws are the bylaws are the bylaws. They represent the agreements between the conference schools. I think there's an understanding amongst all of our schools that an early departure and a violation of those bylaws would do damage to the schools that are remaining. As a result, two of our schools have indicated that they respect that process and they understand it.”

Those two schools are Syracuse and Pittsburgh. West Virginia, however, has filed a lawsuit to join the Big 12 next season. The Big East also has filed a lawsuit to make West Virginia honor the exit agreement until 2014.

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck told CBSSports.com Wednesday that even if the league compromised and allowed the Mountaineers to leave a year early in 2013, their plans are still to join the Big 12 next season.

“That doesn’t change,” Luck told CBSSports.com.

Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross said his school is prepared to honor the 27-month exit agreement, but told CBSSports.com “we’re just open to seeing what happens.”

“They’re starting to put together what the new Big East will look like,” Gross said. “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.”

Marinatto said that was not the case. So if West Virginia, Pitt and Syracuse must remain in the league through June 30, 2014, that means the Big East in 2013 would consist of at least 13 teams in football and 19 schools in basketball.

Officials at Air Force, which was a target of the Big East as a football-only member, told the Gazette Wednesday, that it would remain in the Mountain West. Navy, however, remains a viable target, but won’t make any decisions this week that would take attention away from Saturday’s Army-Navy game.

The new Big East is certainly bigger than any conference out there. It’s got a bigger footprint than even Bigfoot.

“We've envisioned the premise that we could theoretically on any given Saturday have four kickoffs that don't compete with each other,” Marinatto said. “We think, as I mentioned earlier, that's a very powerful model as we move forward in our upcoming TV negotiations.”

Those will begin in 2012. The Big East first must give ESPN the first opportunity as its currents rights holder and if they don’t reach a deal by November 2012 then the Big East could negotiate with other networks such as Fox or NBC/Comcast.

NCAA President Mark Emmert, without specially mentioning the Big East, discussed schools leaving non-automatic BCS qualifying conferences (such as Boise State, Houston, San Diego State, UCF and SMU) for an automatic qualifying BCS conference such as the Big East.

“There’s a lot of motivation’s going on (with expansion), clearly the BCS automatic qualifying position is driving a lot of this,” Emmert said at the IMG Forum at the Marriott Marquis. “Nobody wants to lose their AQ rights in the BCS and, of course, one of the ironies is the BCS is going to be refined again (in 2014).”

And if there remains BCS AQ conferences at that time, the Big East feels strongly it will remain one.

“Part of our objectives in expansion was to create the best conference we could both on the football side as well as other sports,” Marinatto said. “We recognize obviously the departure of the schools leaving the conference affected us. But we always felt confident that if we made the right moves, we would keep our BCS AQ status and we've done that.”

Comments

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Big East: different look, but same name

wvufaninnc92..........you do fit the mold of all of those mountainqhats that knock other teams, and that's why the SEC, ACC or B1G don't want WVU in their conference.  People like you with allegence to WVU talk out of both sides of your mouth, regardless of what you you know to be fact. First, you say WVU is leaving the BIG EAST because of all the underhanded deals that disenfranchised WVU, then you say the ACC destroyed the BIG EAST Conference.  I guess you are so engrossed with WVU, you can't see the forest from the trees, and that sounds exactly like someone from WVU. If WVU is so high and mighty why did their AD want to hold PITT and Syracuse to a 27 month rule, but when WVU made a conference change you sued the BIG EAST to get out in 12 months ????  As far as VT is concerned, I am an ACC supporter and proud of it, and we're also proud VT is in our conference, they are a class act.   



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Big East: different look, but same name

wvufaninnc92..........you do fit the mold of all of those mountainqhats that knock other teams, and that's why the SEC, ACC or B1G don't want WVU in their conference.  People like you with allegence to WVU talk out of both sides of your mouth, regardless of what you you know to be fact. First, you say WVU is leaving the BIG EAST because of all the underhanded deals that disenfranchised WVU, then you say the ACC destroyed the BIG EAST Conference.  I guess you are so engrossed with WVU, you can't see the forest from the trees, and that sounds exactly like someone from WVU. If WVU is so high and mighty why did their AD want to hold PITT and Syracuse to a 27 month rule, but when WVU made a conference change you sued the BIG EAST to get out in 12 months ????  As far as VT is concerned, I am an ACC supporter and proud of it, and we're also proud VT is in our conference, they are a class act.   



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Big East: different look, but same name

wvufaninnc92..........you do fit the mold of all of those mountainqhats that knock other teams, and that's why the SEC, ACC or B1G don't want WVU in their conference.  People like you with allegence to WVU talk out of both sides of your mouth, regardless of what you you know to be fact. First, you say WVU is leaving the BIG EAST because of all the underhanded deals that disenfranchised WVU, then you say the ACC destroyed the BIG EAST Conference.  I guess you are so engrossed with WVU, you can't see the forest from the trees, and that sounds exactly like someone from WVU. If WVU is so high and mighty why did their AD want to hold PITT and Syracuse to a 27 month rule, but when WVU made a conference change you sued the BIG EAST to get out in 12 months ????  As far as VT is concerned, I am an ACC supporter and proud of it, and we're also proud VT is in our conference, they are a class act.   



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Big East: different look, but same name

wvufaninnc92..........you do fit the mold of all of those mountainqhats that knock other teams, and that's why the SEC, ACC or B1G don't want WVU in their conference.  People like you with allegence to WVU talk out of both sides of your mouth, regardless of what you you know to be fact. First, you say WVU is leaving the BIG EAST because of all the underhanded deals that disenfranchised WVU, then you say the ACC destroyed the BIG EAST Conference.  I guess you are so engrossed with WVU, you can't see the forest from the trees, and that sounds exactly like someone from WVU. If WVU is so high and mighty why did their AD want to hold PITT and Syracuse to a 27 month rule, but when WVU made a conference change you sued the BIG EAST to get out in 12 months ????  As far as VT is concerned, I am an ACC supporter and proud of it, and we're also proud VT is in our conference, they are a class act.   



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Big East: different look, but same name

wvufaninnc92..........you do fit the mold of all of those mountainqhats that knock other teams, and that's why the SEC, ACC or B1G don't want WVU in their conference.  People like you with allegence to WVU talk out of both sides of your mouth, regardless of what you you know to be fact. First, you say WVU is leaving the BIG EAST because of all the underhanded deals that disenfranchised WVU, then you say the ACC destroyed the BIG EAST Conference.  I guess you are so engrossed with WVU, you can't see the forest from the trees, and that sounds exactly like someone from WVU. If WVU is so high and mighty why did their AD want to hold PITT and Syracuse to a 27 month rule, but when WVU made a conference change you sued the BIG EAST to get out in 12 months ????  As far as VT is concerned, I am an ACC supporter and proud of it, and we're also proud VT is in our conference, they are a class act.   



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Big East: different look, but same name

wvufaninnc92..........you do fit the mold of all of those mountainqhats that knock other teams, and that's why the SEC, ACC or B1G don't want WVU in their conference.  People like you with allegence to WVU talk out of both sides of your mouth, regardless of what you you know to be fact. First, you say WVU is leaving the BIG EAST because of all the underhanded deals that disenfranchised WVU, then you say the ACC destroyed the BIG EAST Conference.  I guess you are so engrossed with WVU, you can't see the forest from the trees, and that sounds exactly like someone from WVU. If WVU is so high and mighty why did their AD want to hold PITT and Syracuse to a 27 month rule, but when WVU made a conference change you sued the BIG EAST to get out in 12 months ????  As far as VT is concerned, I am an ACC supporter and proud of it, and we're also proud VT is in our conference, they are a class act.   



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Big East: different look, but same name

wvufaninnc92..........you do fit the mold of all of those mountainqhats that knock other teams, and that's why the SEC, ACC or B1G don't want WVU in their conference.  People like you with allegence to WVU talk out of both sides of your mouth, regardless of what you you know to be fact. First, you say WVU is leaving the BIG EAST because of all the underhanded deals that disenfranchised WVU, then you say the ACC destroyed the BIG EAST Conference.  I guess you are so engrossed with WVU, you can't see the forest from the trees, and that sounds exactly like someone from WVU. If WVU is so high and mighty why did their AD want to hold PITT and Syracuse to a 27 month rule, but when WVU made a conference change you sued the BIG EAST to get out in 12 months ????  As far as VT is concerned, I am an ACC supporter and proud of it, and we're also proud VT is in our conference, they are a class act.   



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Big East: different look, but same name

wvufaninnc92..........you do fit the mold of all of those mountainqhats that knock other teams, and that's why the SEC, ACC or B1G don't want WVU in their conference.  People like you with allegence to WVU talk out of both sides of your mouth, regardless of what you you know to be fact. First, you say WVU is leaving the BIG EAST because of all the underhanded deals that disenfranchised WVU, then you say the ACC destroyed the BIG EAST Conference.  I guess you are so engrossed with WVU, you can't see the forest from the trees, and that sounds exactly like someone from WVU. If WVU is so high and mighty why did their AD want to hold PITT and Syracuse to a 27 month rule, but when WVU made a conference change you sued the BIG EAST to get out in 12 months ????  As far as VT is concerned, I am an ACC supporter and proud of it, and we're also proud VT is in our conference, they are a class act.   



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Big East: different look, but same name

wvufaninnc92..........you do fit the mold of all of those mountainqhats that knock other teams, and that's why the SEC, ACC or B1G don't want WVU in their conference.  People like you with allegence to WVU talk out of both sides of your mouth, regardless of what you you know to be fact. First, you say WVU is leaving the BIG EAST because of all the underhanded deals that disenfranchised WVU, then you say the ACC destroyed the BIG EAST Conference.  I guess you are so engrossed with WVU, you can't see the forest from the trees, and that sounds exactly like someone from WVU. If WVU is so high and mighty why did their AD want to hold PITT and Syracuse to a 27 month rule, but when WVU made a conference change you sued the BIG EAST to get out in 12 months ????  As far as VT is concerned, I am an ACC supporter and proud of it, and we're also proud VT is in our conference, they are a class act.   



Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Big East: different look, but same name

Of course Buford, a VT fan, would trash WVU.  Have you actually taken the time to read the suit we filed against the BE?  It's not that long and it's written in English.  You would see that the BE failed to live up to the contract and that the bball side was making decisions for the football side, which, according to the contract they can't do.........that's not all, many more BE wrong-doings will be exposed if this goes to court (very doubtful).  PS, your classy conference was involved in destroying the BE again, so do expect some ACC dirty business to be exposed.

Why don't you worry about your school and quit commenting on topics you know nothing about.  Let's talk about what is embarrassing - a school that only played two good teams this year, Clemson and Clemson, and you lost twice, yet you steal a BCS bowl away from more deserving teams.  We all have been enjoying the shelacking VT has been getting since the Sugar Bowl invite. 


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