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Big East Conundrum

''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 Pac-10.
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 grads.
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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