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Why would Nova, UH, or SMU fans be in the garden watching the ACC tourney? :eek:
 
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"Consider this bizarre sight: Georgetown and Villanova fans, dressed in their Penny Loafers and corduroys, standing in front of the Garden gawking at Houston and SMU fans, dressed in their cowboy boots and 10-gallon hats. That is the new, uh, Big East."
http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/coll..._to_fail_9KcsLvfvl5iCGO2BER5oRM#ixzz1fsylEURl

I would agree with this column if it was written by almost any other columnist than Lenn Robbins, ever the ACC flak. One comment of his was idiotic: the one about teams flying to Boise causing academics to be thrown out the window. Football is only played once a week & travel to away sites is taken into consideration.
My own thought on this Big East reinvention is likening it to when CCSU first went to Division I in basketball & seemed to be in a different conference yearly until eventually reaching their final destination. Realignment is still in a state of flux. Look for the Big 12 to pull the carpet out from underneath as they try to protect their own television contracts. Nothing is permanent.
 
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The New Big East, huh? See how long this lasts (TCU set the bar). How long before the Big 12 starts cherry picking (it must have hurt last Saturday for them to have to watch the Championship games of other conferences. . . "That was us once, We use to be a somebody". Don't get too comfortable with the new Big East to West Conference.
 
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Lenn Robbins' suggestion Mapquest might be a worthy sponsor is funny, but his sarcastic remark about SMU exhibits minimal awareness of the school. Their alumni and students alike are highly likely to be better dressed than Robbins on his best day. He may have a point regarding some of Houston's fans, but they also represent a wider breadth of humanity than Robbins realizes. Still, may the New New Big East be a short-term holding point on the way to a far more stable conference future.
 
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Obvioulsy Len has no concept of the way major programs compete in non-income producing sports, either. UCONN travelled to Fort worth for a volleyball tournament this past season. They travel to at least one event outside the northeast every year. As do almost all the Olympic sports. Tennis is heading to San Diego for a tournament this year, for example and the golf team played in Florida, Hilton Head and Puerto Rico last year, Arizona the previous year...just as examples...and in moaning the decline of the Big East, he like many others just doesn't get that without football the current Big East wouldn't have existed. No Pitt, no Louisville, no Syracuse, no BC, no Cincinatti, No West virginia, no Rutgers and very likely no UCONN. Those schools would have most likely left to form a new all-sports conference sometime around when the Big East football league was created. They needed a place to play football.
 
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