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Shagari update - The word I have is that Shag is still an RU lean

April 17, 2003 -- Rumors swirled throughout the season that Shagari Alleyne might not wind up at Rutgers, where he verbally had committed in the fall.
The 7-2 Rice center, who was named to The Post's All-CHSAA first team the past two seasons, repeatedly refuted the speculation, but there appears to be a good chance that he will back out of his commitment. He has yet to sign a letter of intent with Rutgers. The late signing period began yesterday.

Big East Rumors - The word I have is that BE breakup won't happen

But commissioner Mike Tranghese - one of the most influential voices in college athletics - is deeply upset about growing reports that the Atlantic Coast Conference - which apparently is looking to expand to 12teams in order to facilitate a lucrative postseason conference football playoff - is attempting to rip the heart out of his conference by assimilating some of its key members. According to Tranghese, the ACC has approached four Big East schools - Miami, Virginia Tech, Syracuse and Boston College - in a variety of ways about defecting from the Big East and joining that league.

"I have no use for the ACC right now," Tranghese said yesterday. "They're a bunch of hypocrites. They operate in the dark. They'll never acknowledge this, but I'm aware the ACC for the last couple of years, without ever picking up the phone or calling me, has basically gone out and tried to convince our teams to enter their league.
NY Daily News - Sports - Big East boss to ACC: Back off 'Cuse, Miami


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