- Aug 29, 2011
Just thought it would be interesting to see some numbers
At a minimum the conference has vastly better leadership. The whole mix of football non-football was irritating and the BE hoop league was just unwieldy (granted, very good). I don't see the BE surviving with the football schools in tow. The deal sealer to me was in Marinatto's statement about how all the remaining BE schools have pledged to stay together. His statement started with "we had a conference call with all the non-football playing schools..." Should have just stopped right there. If I am a football school I'm, wondering what the heck else was discussed on that call? If Marinatto had 1/2 a brain he'd give up the ship and just turn the Big East into an all sports but football league as is ultimately unavoidable.I just can not see how anyone intelligently can say this is a bad move in the whole realm of things. Strip down the emotional aspect of it and objectively it's a no brainer...I'd be willing to bet that the vast majority who are against this move, probably also thought...why do I need a computer, I'm perfectly efficient & organized doing everything by hand... :bat:
I get that. I contemplated a 3rd option, but realized that of course everyone will have some reservations about the change but ultimately you have a feeling of "i wish we stayed in the big east" or "this is for the best". I see a lot of complaints about the change, but feel like those same people still think it was the right move. Forums tend to bring out a lot of people's antagonist.
That's what makes it so tough for fans. Sports are a form of escapism. We get worked up about traditions and rivalries and we cheer as if this stuff were more important than life itself. Then along comes reality to say, "The bottom line is what drives the whole thing." Who cheers for balance sheets except accountants?This was not a 'sports' decision...it was a 'business' one.
I think the ACC should think of adding Nova(basketball only) and Uconn.
Uconn is a hot household name as much as I hate them. Sportcenter runs out of there last I checked.
Nova owns the philly market especially as a basktball recruiting hotbed and with DC the best recruiting area in the country. Temple isn't showing up anytime soon do they really lose money adding a basketball only school.
It also helps to show more of a presence in the northeast.
Syracuse brings NYC. Pitt and Boston. Why not add Philly and Uconn to?