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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: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:52 am
 

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

I'm no fan or hater of West Virginia, Pitt or Syracuse, but I gotta say West Virgina at least displayed some balls getting out of the Big East immediately and playing in the league of their choice. They manned up for the right to suck on those big longhorn teets. Pitt and Syracuse will leave the league "by the book", which tells me that they don't see the move to ACC as profitable as WVU's move to the Big 12/10. So anyone claiming the ACC is superior to the Big 12 don't know squat.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:40 pm
 

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

PITT does not have any intention of going to the BIG12/10.  PITT and SYRACUSE are very happy to be going to the ACC, an elite Conference that is 60 years old with great universities.  PITT will re-kindle the rivarlys with VT, MARYLAND, 'CUSE, MIAMI, and BC plus all the other SUPER Universities located on the Atlantic Coast in the Eastern Time zone.  The ACC schools will make as much or more money than the BIGWhatever, when all the pieces are in place.   



Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:49 am
 

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

@trackernot:
I used to think that Pitt might make a good addition to the Big 12 as well and give West Virginia a good regional competitor until another blogger (more than one, actually), pointed out to me that Pitt has virtually no fan base (they're Steelers country) and would bring very little to the Big 12. The incentive for Pittsburgh would certainly be there, but not for the Big 12. In that regard, it seems Louisville would be a much better selection for the 11th team. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:09 am
 

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

PITT should join the BIG XII, along with WVU.

They would make a lot more money, and they would give the BIG XII an entire market.  Since WVU and Pitt share a market.  That would be a win win for everybody, except the ACC.  It would also help Pitt recruit in other regions.

I think Pitt should play their "free agency."



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:48 pm
 

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

This is PITT and Syracuse's doing!!....they started the dominoes by BOLTING THE CONFERENCE!!!!!!...they already had a safe place to land!!..WV made sure they took care of themselves.....it wasn't like UCONN, CINNCY , LOUISVILLE and RUTGERS wouldn't have done the same thing if they had gotten the invite.......
Don't blame Syracuse and Pitt.  They reacted to the disfunction that is the Big East.  They could have stayed and WVU would have stayed as well.  TCU may have even entered the picture.  But then Big East expansion would have stalled until Villanova got to bring their program up to FBS.  This exodus was caused by the mismanagement of football interests by the Big East.  Marinara sauce had 3 years to expand football.  He got TCU and then was stalled out by basketball interests pushing Nova.  Place the blame where it belongs, on the basketball schools and Marinara sauce.



Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:33 pm
 

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

To those who state that West Virginia was acting without class by the wat they left the Big East I wish to disagree. It seems you completely discredit their own arguments that by the Big East fostering the basketball programs (and excellent they are) at the seeming exclusion of the football programs, the Big East created an atmosphere that did not foster the growth of certain football programs like West Virginia's. And, it could be argued - as West Virginia did - that this resulted in neglet on the part of the conference. When, therefore, an attractive offer was placed on the table from a prestigeous football conference to join, they only acted in their own self interest, something the Big East could no longer provide. Why is this a lack of class?



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:53 pm
 

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

I'm late in on this one
......and clueless........

 
think the reason is these schools, for the most part, have been well directed and the athletic departments&
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nbsp;running ethical, honest programs. They want to leave the Big East (and are) but want to leave showing some class - unlike WVU. So you have two schools looking like they're trying to set a strong moral example for their student athletes and one that apparently has no class at all in west virginia. As a Pitt fan and alumni I am not surprised by any of this.
You are kidding right??....this has to be tongue and cheek humor......


Please do not try to put lipstick on a pig....


This is PITT and Syracuse's doing!!....they started the dominoes by BOLTING THE CONFERENCE!!!!!!...they already had a safe place to land!!..WV made sure they took care of themselves.....it wasn't like UCONN, CINNCY , LOUISVILLE and RUTGERS wouldn't have done the same thing if they had gotten the invite.......




Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:43 pm
 

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

Good luck to WVU. At some point, you will need to find the right conference because the Big12 is not a good fit. Mr. Luck should be ashamed to sell out your university as he did, just to leave. HAd he had any confidence in the University, he would have stood his ground and waited for the next round of expansion. Fourth and fifth place finishes in the Big 12 will not help the branding of WVU, even in WV.
??????????Undecided


Oliver Luck just Tripled the Athletic Budget for West Virginia...in 3 years the program will be driving right around $100 million...so that's a sell out??...hmm...interesting point of view I guess...

And when Louisville, Cinncy or possibly even Rutgers is added when they go back to 12 teams.... travel is going to be no different then what it looks like today..... wit the program travelng to Tampa, Storrs.  Now add Boise State and San Diego State and Houston....whats the difference really?...sounds like likeAmes, Norman and Austin are alot closer...

As far as finishing in the middle of the pack....its highly doubtful that would be the case....now and again sure...but it happens to Texas and OU as well...but somehow finishing 4th or 5th in a bad year in the BIG 12...sounds a heck of alot better than 4th or 5th in the Big East.....

and it the end of the day....the ACC has to be worried that the BIG12 is now directly in their backyard....honestly...does a kid want to play against TEXAS or OU .......or UNC and Maryland?Surprised



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:38 pm
 

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

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!


   Did they not WIN your conference?



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:25 pm
 

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

They want to leave the Big East (and are) but want to leave showing some class - unlike WVU. So you have two schools looking like they're trying to set a strong moral example for their student athletes and one that apparently has no class at all in west virginia. As a Pitt fan and alumni I am not surprised by any of this

Oh yeah, all that class they showed when they said they were leaving the Big East.   


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