Discussion in 'Conference Realignment Board' started by Rumrunner, Jul 18, 2012.
Worst case scenario is we'll be in the ACC.
Would anybody really be happy? Now if Miami, VT and BC were still in the league, I'd say you had an argument. But even if Pitt and Cuse don't leave, every member of the BE with any options, would be looking to go, new contract or not.
I don't know if Herbst or her predecessor was in discussions to move to the ACC before the announcement or not, and the ESPN piece doesn't make it clear. But I'll say that if UConn wasn't in discussions to leave the Big East, it's leadership was incompetent.
Pitt and Syracuse left because they could not reasonably conclude that none of the other programs would leave if asked by an ACC determined to go to 14 teams.
If the rumors are true, Pitt was told that UConn would be asked if they said no. While we may have thought about it a little longer, we would have left.
Aside from the penny pinching lawsuit attempt from Pitt to save $5m, both left in the classiest way possible. Let them go. This cake was baked in 2003.
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The ACC is kind of a mess, but its our most likely landing place given that's where our traditional opponents are.
Pitt and Syracuse received an offer they thought was in their best interest and took it. They announced they would fulfill their agreements with the Big East, and then negotiated their way out of them early, on mutually satisfactory terms, after the Big East had arranged for their replacements.
For all the scumbag acts in college football today, this wasn't one of them. Unfortunate for us. You can argue not in Pitt's best interests as opposed to signing the ESPN deal. But simply not scummy.
WVU, on the other hand ....
After Pitt and Syracuse left I agree that they did they right thing by the Big East.
However, to say that Pitt and Syracuse didn't completely screw the Big East a year before the league was going into contract negotiations is somehow not a scummy move I don't agree with.
Do I fault them for acting what they thought was their best interests? No, not at all.
Sometimes being a scumbag and doing what is in your best interest while it screws your peers aren't mutually exclusive.
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