''I'm not sure what [the ACC is] trying to accomplish,'' said
Gavitt. ''All of this for one football game? They are going to find out the
money for a championship [football] game is not what they think it is. But there
is a bigger issue involved. Each of the leagues has its own persona, something
that is unique to that league. The Big East was the Northeast configuration of
schools with their own identity. The [Southeastern Conference] has its own
unique way of doing things and personality. The same with the Big 12 and
Boston Globe Online / Sports / Gavitt hopes to be part of solution
Two prominent state legislators from Western Virginia called
University of Virginia officials Friday to express their concern that Virginia
Tech could be bypassed if the ACC expands.
The ACC is pondering whether to expand from nine members to 12. Miami is mulling over whether to leave the Big East for the ACC, and two other Big East schools would also be asked to switch if Miami defects. The danger for Tech is that the ACC could add Miami, Syracuse and Boston College, leaving the Hokies behind.
Friday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out a number of
growing cracks in the entire ACC expansion push. Most intriguing is the Virginia
Tech question.Long-held conventional wisdom says Virginia would go to great
lengths to keep the Hokies out of the ACC. But the bluebloods in Charlottesville
could feel the heat from the Virginia Legislature and its growing number of Tech
The Charleston Gazette - Sports
Recent rumblings out of South Florida, which have reverberated
into central New York and across New England, indicate that a football-driven
decision is about to rock the Big East, whose foundation was built on college
basketball.Football is the main reason Miami appears ready to bolt from the Big
East for the Atlantic Coast Conference, and may take with it two current
colleagues.What that means for Notre Dame, still fiercely protective of its
status as a Division I football independent, is unclear.
SouthBendTribune.com: Big Split?
University of Miami president Donna Shalala said Friday the
university has not decided whether to join the Atlantic Coast Conference if
invited, but officials close to the discussions indicated there is increasingly
strong support inside UM to make the move.
Hurricanes athletic director Paul Dee and two influential Board of Trustees members are among those in favor of leaving the Big East for the ACC, one of the officials said. Dee's motivation is largely financial, the source said.
The Miami Herald | 05/10/2003 | Sources: UM support for ACC growing
The Watkins Conundrum
Darryl Watkins' official visit to Rutgers turned out to be an
enjoyable experience for the 6-foot-11 center, but the Paterson Catholic senior
isn't sure where he wants to spend the next portion of his basketball
career.Watkins has an official visit to Syracuse scheduled for Memorial Day
weekend, and after that trip he believes he will make a decision after months of
keeping many coaches, friends, fans, and his family in the dark.
North Jersey Media Group
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A month after beating Kansas for the
national championship, the Syracuse Orangemen are suddenly back in the hunt to
recruit a top high school player. Darryl Watkins, one of the highest-rated
centers in the class of 2003, has renewed his interest in Syracuse, and the
feeling is apparently mutual.
Men's basketball: Syracuse joins Rutgers in running for Watkins - Courier News
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