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    Rampant conference realignment could involve Big East and Pitt
    Sunday, 14 August 2011
    Written by Bob Smizik

    The winds of conference expansion are whipping through the power schools of the NCAA and then may soon turn into hurricanes of major change that might -- when they simmer down again -- have an effect of Pitt and West Virginia.

    Texas A&M is, according to multiple reports, all but gone to the 12-member Southeastern Conference as early as this week. The Texas A&M regents are meeting tomorrow afternoon with ``conference alignment’’ on the agenda.

    The SEC, whose conference presidents are scheduled to meet today, would not stop at 13 member and could add one of three more.

    ESPN is reporting that Florida State, Clemson, both members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Missouri, of the Big 12, also might bolt to the SEC. The New York Times suggested Virginia Tech, also of the ACC, could be in consideration for SEC membership.
    This is just another example of the fact that money rules college sports and even university presidents have no control.

    Pete Thamel of the New York Times wrote:

    ``The same forces that drove expansion in 2010 — ego and money — have re-emerged this summer. Only in this era of college sports could a university like Texas A&M prompt potential seismic changes in the landscape. Consider that the Aggies’ last Big 12 title in football was in 1998 and their lone bowl victory since 1995 came in the Galleryfurniture.com Bowl.’’

    The Texas A&M move could be the result of, as Thamel wrote, ego. The Aggies are second dog in their home state behind Texas, one of the true giants of the college sports world. A slot in the SEC, the power football conference, would remove the Aggies from some of the Texas shadow.

    Texas A&M is attractive to the SEC not so much for its average football program but for the entre it gives the league into the populous state of Texas.

    Should teams bolt the ACC, which is geographically adjacent to the Big East, that would immediately put Pitt and West Virginia in play.

    If the ACC loses members, it currently stands at 12, it will be quickly be looking for replacements. It was the ACC that raided the Big East, taking Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College, so that it could get up to 12 members. It would not likely remain below that number for long.

    Not that Pitt and West Virginia would necessarily be the first choice of the ACC. Syracuse and Rutgers would be under consideration, as well as Connecticut as a partner in New England for Boston College.

    But with little power and less clout the Big East and its members can't do much but sit around and wait for this latest storm of realignment to abate -- and hope they are included.

    * * *
    Pat Forde, ESPN.com: Realignment rumors again rampant
    Stewart Mandel, SI.com: What makes sense for the SEC
    Jeff Schultz, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: NCAA's lost mission

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    I was thinking about this last night,but on a bigger scale. I would like to see a form of a Big East -ACC merger. If anything it would be a kick *** basketball conference.
    Are these morons getting dumber or just louder-Mayor Quimby

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    I was thinking about this last night,but on a bigger scale. I would like to see a form of a Big East -ACC merger. If anything it would be a kick *** basketball conference.
    Personally, I'm pretty content with the BE as far as basketball, but I would definitely like to see something happen with the football aspect of it... If anything, I could see the BE disappearing in football all together, but I don't know how that would work because there HAS to be the school affiliations across the sporting spectrum... It could get real interesting as things develop IMO.
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