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The Super-Conferences Affect On College Hoops, Geographic Rivalries

We are starting to hear from some of the prominent college basketball coaches in regards to the new “super-conference model”. The whole idea of these super conferences is centered around football. While often times football and basketball walk in lockstep, being the two revenue producing collegiate sports, this time hoops programs are going to be onlookers just like the other sports.

Yesterday Rick Pitino decided to take to his website to demonstrate his opinion on this matter. In Pitino’s blog post, titled “RED ALERT!!!”, Rick decided to take a shot at one of the schools which jumped from the Big East to the ACC in 2004:

Who could imagine Syracuse, a charter member leaving the BIG EAST?  Didn’t they check Boston College’s championship totals since leaving the BIG EAST — one, in soccer in 2005.

It sounds like Pitino doesn’t want to end up back in Conference USA. He is clearly not happy that the Big East basketball juggernaut is now at risk. Losing BC was nothing, that’s not the target of Pitino’s anger. Pitino hates to see a good situation ruined, and losing ‘Cuse and Pitt is step one of a disaster scenario.

Today we have Jim Boeheim taking his thoughts to the media. When asked about the prospect of moving the ACC tournament to Madison Square Garden, Coach Boeheim had this to say:

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The Big East Football Death Rattle; A New Hypothetical Conference Is Born

It looks like it could be game over for the Big East football conference. At this time it would seem that a splitting of the Big East football and Big East basketball conferences is the way to go. It has been a disjointed relationship for some time now anyway. There is little continuity between the hoops and football conferences. However, continuity isn’t exactly what is controlling recent conference expansion.

I would love to be a fly on the wall at the Providence, Rhode Island offices of the Big East on this Monday morning.

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How The ACC Has Ruled The New Era Of Conference Expansion

In 2004 Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech made the jump from the Big East to the ACC. The reason was largely seen as a football upgrade. This weekend Syracuse and Pittsburgh have decided to do the same. With these two additional members, the ACC will do home to 14 schools. The conference will also be one step closer to “super conference” status.

During the press call, ACC commissioner John Swofford did not exactly rule out a 16-team ACC. Although, for now, he says they are happy with 14 members.

While the Pac-12, BigTen, SEC and ACC remain strong, and in some cases continue to get stronger, the Big 12 and Big East are on life support.

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