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Big East wobbling as Pitt & Syracuse head for the ACC …

September 19, 2011

Punch line: Georgetown’s Big East Conference may be losing its 4th and 5th teams to the ACC … whacking the Big E’s stature and money-making capacity.

Georgetown is caught in a pickle since it’s a ‘major’ in basketball but not in football.

Excerpted from WSJ

The Atlantic Coast Conference has received application letters from Pittsburgh and Syracuse to join the league.

If the move goes forward, Pittsburgh and Syracuse would become the fourth and fifth schools to leave the Big East for the ACC in the past decade. Virginia Tech and Miami joined in 2004, and Boston College followed a year later as the ACC’s 12th member.

Syracuse is a founding member of the Big East, and Pittsburgh joined the league in 1982.

The Big East’s situation is tricky because of seven non-football members such as Georgetown and Villanova that help make it one of the nation’s strongest basketball conferences.

The basketball schools and football schools often have different agendas.

Losing Pitt and Syracuse would be a huge blow to Big East basketball as well as football.

The other football-playing members of the Big East are Rutgers, Connecticut, Louisville, South Florida, Cincinnati and West Virginia.

There already has been speculation that West Virginia would be a target for the SEC

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