How Pitt, Cuse Departures Affect Rutgers

The Atlantic Coast Conference voted to officially accept Syracuse and Pittsburgh early this morning after the two schools applied yesterday. brings you the latest on what this means for Rutgers' future.

It became official early this morning that Pittsburgh and Syracuse are headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference after a vote by league presidents.

On a conference call this morning, the ACC hinted that further expansion from 14 to 16 teams is possible. Should the ACC move forward with that decision, Rutgers and Connecticut are in good position as logical choices to leave the Big East.

As reported yesterday, Rutgers is stuck n a wait-and-see mode right now until more dominoes fall.

Here are the updated scenarios.

  • The ACC expanding to 16 teams is not unlikely and Rutgers and Connecticut are the best choices. Rutgers is prepared to look out for itself in any realignment or expansion scenarios, like every other school in the now seven-team Big East football conference.

    Key figures in the ACC like Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski have publicly stated interest in further expansion, but any decision comes down to schools' presidents, like it did for Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

  • Rutgers' primary option at this time is to remain in the Big East.

    The Big East's future can change dramatically when Texas makes its decision. If Texas goes independent or jumps to another conference, along with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State exploring options for departure, it spells doom for what is left of the Big 12.

    At that point, the Big East can draw in some combination of Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Missouri and split into two divisions for football.

  • The Big Ten is comfortable at its current capacity, but Rutgers remains a possible choice should it decide to expand. Academics and presence in the New York media market make Rutgers endearing to the conference.

For now, Rutgers' only statement came last night from athletic director Tim Pernetti, who said, "we are committed members of the Big East and will continue to explore all of our options and do what's best for Rutgers."

ScarletReport has requested an interview with Pernetti on the matter and will have comments from head football coach Greg Schiano tomorrow during his Monday morning weekly press conference.

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