Doctor Gross: Two Games Against Rutgers 'Not An Option'

Squashing the hopes and dreams of Bronx-based Syracuse and Rutgers fans, Syracuse Orange AD DOCTOR Daryl Gross appeared on ESPN CNY's Upon Further Review Tuesday and put the kibosh on this whole "play Rutgers twice" nonsense. (The full interview is in the audio vault on espncny.com)

No. Not an option and I guess the simplest way to answer it is just no. It's just all wrong. It's not even an option. We're playing at the New Meadowlands next year and we have great respect for those folks, what they've set up for us. It'll be like a bowl game for us and we'll have all the trains and buses and everything going down, so that's our New York game. But besides that, we won't be playing...home and home with members of the same conference.

If you read between the lines, something tells me we're not ALLOWED to play a regular-season NYC game the same season we're playing at MetLife, which would make a ton of sense.

Gross also talked about West Virginia leaving and why that deal doesn't make sense for Syracuse.

Well, it's quite expensive. And if really kinda defies logic if you're just an institution that wants to go to another conference to pay that kind of money. But, obviously, there must be some trigger in the Big 12 contract that allows them when they have enough teams to get another level of dollars for the entire conference, so it was probably that you end up paying $20 million and let's say the conference pays $10 million of it, if you don't do it the conference would have lost, maybe $15-20 million dollars...they're still up $5 million dollars, you know?

For us or Pittsburgh, that kind of money isn't even feasible. You wouldn't even make the money up as an institution...it would take you at least three years to recoup that kind of money. More than that, really.

West Virginia needed out and they got out and they paid a high price for it. Good for them.

"When this all started, the Big East was very adamant about 27 months, so that wouldn't have even been '13, that would have been '14. The ultimate would have been to go in '12. The fact that there's an opportunity to go in 13 is a pretty good compromise, gives us a nice transition from the Big East, get another season there, if that's one of the possibilities on the table. However, you can still talk about going this year, and those types of things. Obviously, the bar has been set at how much a settlement is in the Big East with the $20 million. I guess if Pittsburgh said 'We want to go right now' they can pay $20 million and go and that would apply for anybody. What's good for the goose is good for the gander, isn't that how it goes? So the nice thing is, there's options there, we've been anticipating this obviously, this isn't news to us at all, so we've been working internally as to what all of our options are."

Listen to the whole interview in the audio vault on espncny.com.

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