Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE
When asked his thoughts about Seton Hall leaving the Big East, SHU coach Kevin Willard promptly brought up Syracuse and Pitt. Okay.
If the Big East schools were characters on The Office, the Syracuse Orange would be Jim Halpert and the Seton Hall Pirates would be Phyllis Lapin-Vance. Both are original castmembers but while one of them has been a consistently-featured player, the other has mostly been a background player. Storylines are written around one on them while the other exists to fill time and provide a break from the A-plot.
Good for Seton Hall for getting in on this Catholic 7 thing. It's a good move for them and I think we wish them well. Honestly, they should always have counted their blessings that they had the chance to be a Big East school rather than the Atlantic-10 fate they almost-certainly should have had.
So remember all of that when you read SHU head coach Kevin Willard's thoughts on the seven Catholic schools leaving the Big East:
"Talk to Syracuse and Pittsburgh. They started all of this. Is it bittersweet? Life changes. Someone should ask those two schools to see if they feel bad. I don’t think they care. I do, but it’s irrelevant. I think everyone here is really excited about what’s going for Seton Hall. I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for us. I think it’s a great opportunity for the league that forms. It’s an opportunity to re-brand. As a basketball coach, I’m extremely excited that something is being done for basketball."
To answer your implied questions, Kevin...
No we didn't.
No we don't.