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Big East Conundrum

Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference nearly 12 years ago, Florida State has pushed for rival Miami to be included in the membership. The Seminoles are closer than ever to getting their wish.
Atlantic Coast Conference on verge of historic expansion - Courier News

The University of Miami isn't leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Word out of the ACC is that the seven votes (out of nine) needed by members to approve the move are not forthcoming.
Rumors have been flying that not only was Miami departing the Big East, but that Syracuse and Boston College would follow within the next few years. According to Big East sources, that is not true. Complete and total rumor. Syracuse and BC to Tobacco Road? It's totally illogical. People aren't even allowed to smoke in Boston.
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The priests of the conference's Catholic schools ought to make the trip to this week's Big East's meetings in Ponte Vedra, Fla, offering to hear confessions for those football athletic directors and chancellors sure to be begging forgiveness. The Atlantic Coast Conference has rapidly lost support within its membership to conduct its planned midnight raid on the Big East, leaving the University of Miami and its little football friends exposed as carpetbaggers. This time, the ACC coup is close to failure. This time.
North Jersey Media Group

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has issues with Atlantic Coast Conference expansion talk, which is expected to be a hot topic at the league's spring meeting this weekend.
"The two-division concept in basketball for our league would be really bad," Krzyzewski was quoted as saying on ESPN.com. "All of a sudden, you wouldn't be playing these teams twice.
"Is the football championship that important that it dilutes something else that you have?"
WRAL.com - Sports - Despite Krzyzewski's Opposition, ACC Expansion Talks Heat Up

GREENSBORO, N.C. - ACC commissioner John Swofford expects the ACC to invite three new members or to stand pat with its current roster of nine.   "I think we will continue to get stronger whether it's nine [members] or 12," Swofford said. "I think it would be one or the other."
ACC's Swofford: It's 3 or none

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Like Florida State a decade ago, football powerhouse Miami and the Atlantic Coast Conference appear to be a perfect match for expansion. But at what cost?  The Hurricanes are considering a jump from the Big East Conference to the ACC, a move that could include two other schools -- maybe Boston College, Syracuse or Virginia Tech -- and alter the landscape of college football and the Bowl Championship Series.
SportingNews.com - College Football : Would expansion benefit ACC?

Atlantic Coast Conference expansion at a glance - Courier News

Syracuse.com: Orange Football

 

Where are they now? Rod Sharpless

A source close to the Cumberland Regional school board has confirmed to the News that its personnel committee met Thursday and recommended that former Maryland and Rutgers assistant coach Rod Sharpless be hired as the new head football coach at the May 8 Board of Education meeting.
Committee gives nod to ex-college assistant

 

Baseball

PISCATAWAY - Rutgers' coach Fred Hill shook his head and snorted. No, he said, Matt Wolski does not actively try to get hit. Sophomore Jeff Frazier didn't want to disagree with his coach, but he had to admit that Wolski "does kind of crowd the plate." Saturday, as Rutgers split a doubleheader with No. 19 Notre Dame - dropping the first game, 2-0, and then rallying for a 10-2 win in the second - no amount of team defense could shield the truth behind Wolski's batting strategy. In two games, the senior designated hitter was hit by a pitch twice, and a third time was denied first base when the umpire decided he hadn't moved his knee away from the ball fast enough.
North Jersey Media Group

 

Miscellany

The war room wasn't covered in plush carpeting, and scouts' phone numbers weren't on speed dial. Still, high school football coaches from around Southeastern Pennsylvania were busy evaluating future talent this spring - even on a damp, dreary Saturday night in April, when dodging puddles and sitting on wet aluminum benches became part of the job. At the ninth annual Blue-Gold All-Star Classic for eighth-grade football players at Upper Darby High last month, high school coaches, dressed in their school jackets, were evaluating high school-size linemen, linebackers and running backs who might be wearing those same jackets as early as this fall. It was a big night for fans of high school football, who gazed into the future, trying to imagine what the eighth-grade talent might look like four years down the road. And it was an equally big night for interested coaches, some of whom said the ability to land at least some of the competing players was critical to their programs' survival.
Philadelphia Inquirer | 05/11/2003 | Eighth-grade talent falls under recruiters' eyes

 

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