I do agree that the BB's blocking any add'l expansion other than Nova was very much a catalyst to this. Interesting to read his "inside info" on which schools were being considered and who the BE schools preferred.
I can't really see the ACC going after WVU, especially w/ all the "academic" talk they've been using in their press releases. But, that could be just another smoke screen. Who knows.
Zoo, I don't have much inside UConn info anymore, but if memory serves correct, I think UConn and SU were supportive of Nova if they found a legit stadium. Pitt was not a big fan. It had more to do with the BB schools blocking any effort to bring in other schools for FB, aside from TCU and Nova. That supposedly was the tipping point for Pitt. D. Gross allegedly has been trying to get SU into the B1G or ACC since he arrived.
Supporting Villanova, with the qualification that they get a suitable stadium is basically not supporting them. That's like the US saying that it would support Australia joining the EU and NATO providing that that they move their continent into the North Atlantic.
SU was gone at the first opportunity. This wasn't a secret.
One thing is clear. Something pissed Pitt off. They were hard core Big East, they lured TCU to the Big East, their behavior indicates that they were in it for the long haul, but something changed their minds. The VU/TCU debate is probably a big part of it.
WVU pursuing the SEC is also a total no brainer. Of course WVU would jump at the chance. The combined effects of the shaky future of the membership, and the fact that conference management was beholden to a bunch of second class citizens set the conditions for this, full stop.
Has anyone heard from the new guy? I thought he'd be more of a presence since the Rock Cats ended their season.
Well, since Hathaways last day was Thursday, Sept. 15th, and Pendergast's first day on the job is effective today, Septmeber 19th, this was just a cherry of a 3 day window to not have an AD (sarcasm - it wouldn't have changed a thing). But to answer the question, he's on the job officially as of this morning. Would love to see his on-boarding plan.Has anyone heard from the new guy? I thought he'd be more of a presence since the Rock Cats ended their season.