This could become its own blog at this point. First we get this doozy-
If you are a frustrated fan of the Big East, who should the brunt of your anger be directed at: Syracuse and Pitt, the ACC leadership or the Big East leadership?
O'Neil: All three are plenty culpable, but I’d say first it’s the folks at Syracuse and Pittsburgh, and second the Big East leadership. One person involved in all of this called the decision to leave "the fear factor," and I couldn’t agree more. These decisions were made out of panic and greed, not the usual level-headed paralysis by analysis that governs most universities. But the lone defense I can offer of Syracuse and Pitt is that the league offices did little to reassure them. This is a time to be proactive, and instead the Big East has been reactive, waiting to see what will happen, or could happen, instead of shoring up its own conference.
You're right Dana, we should've been more level headed. If we had done so, we would've realized John Marrifailo had Navy and ECU up his sleeve! Bet we wished we had been more level headed. (Would there be anything worse than being in a conference with a school named "East Carolina"?) And of course, this was just a on the spot panic decision, not us realizing the Big East has been a car made up of spare parts held together by string. Nope, we did this on impulse. Also, I like how she does include that the Big East wasn't being proactive, yet even with that we were panicked.
Also hidden in that one is Andy Katz's response:
But Pitt and Syracuse weren't as open about the desire to bolt as Texas A&M was in the Big 12, or, most recently, Oklahoma's comments about exploring other options. Pitt and Syracuse kept the decision private. So a number of Big East officials were shocked when first called about this rumor Thursday night.
It was completely out of nowhere, we've only been trying to get out of the Big East for the better part of a decade. Whoulda thunk that two schools who have openly said they're exploring all options, who have been looking for greener pastures for a while would be looking elsewhere in the middle of this realignment hoopla?
Seven Big East schools play FCS football or have no football at all -- DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova.
Since the Big East expanded nearly a decade ago, the fate of those seven has been tenuous at best, constantly pushed to a ledge and at the mercy of their football-playing peers' whims.
Yep, the Big East is falling apart because the small basketball only schools were at our whim, not because Providence was dictating football without having football. That's what this is all about. Poor, poor Providence.