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RALEIGH, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference voted yesterday to target Miami, Syracuse and Boston College for expansion to a 12-team superconference, leaving Virginia Tech on the outside looking in.
Duke and North Carolina, the only two ACC colleges that voted not to expand several days ago at the league's meetings in Florida, voted to include the three Big East teams in a morning conference call among the ACC college presidents.

ACC makes offers, Big East reacts

It's not like Big East Conference commissioner Mike Tranghese didn't see this coming. In fact, Tranghese fired the first warning shot. A month ago, he blasted Atlantic Coast Conference officials for quietly wooing four of his schools without the courtesy of phone call. On Friday, the ACC extended invitations to Miami, Boston College and Syracuse, just three days after approving expansion to 12 schools. An ACC release said a proposal submitted by the University of Virginia to include Virginia Tech in the expansion fell short of the necessary votes.
Expansion issues now firmly in Big East's court - Courier News

Now that the Atlantic Coast Conference university presidents have voted to expand, the future of Rutgers athletics and the Big East Conference, of which it is a member, could be in jeopardy. Seven ACC presidents voted yesterday to grow from nine to 12 teams but the 50-year-old league has yet to extend a formal invitation to Big East powers Miami, Boston College, Syracuse and/or Virginia Tech.
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When the Big East Conference meetings begin today in Florida, one of the strategies to ward off the poaching Atlantic Coast Conference will be to use the same tactics as the ACC. A source with close ties to several schools in both conferences told The Post that Big East athletic directors will hear a proposal to turn the tables on the ACC by luring Florida State, Maryland and a third school to be determined, to the Big East.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese spent the morning playing golf and the afternoon trying to perfect his sales pitch.The Atlantic Coast Conference voted to invite Big East members Miami, Syracuse and Boston College into the league Friday, leaving Tranghese and his colleagues with the daunting task of persuading them not to go.

The ACC presidents voted unanimously yesterday to go after BC, Miami, and Syracuse. Official invitations won't be offered until the ACC visits each institution to meet with the school presidents. At the ACC meetings earlier in the week, Duke and North Carolina voted against expansion but changed their votes yesterday.
Boston Globe Online / Sports / ACC invitation coming for BC

DeFilippo said BC had yet to take any formal action, but he has reiterated time and again that Miami was the key player in this scenario.If the Hurricanes were to leave the Big East, DeFilippo said it would irrevocably change the landscape of the eight-team football conference, leaving BC with no alternative but to protect its interests by exploring its options.
Boston Globe Online / Sports / DeFilippo keeps open mind

The Atlantic Coast Conference voted 8-1 on Friday to begin formal discussions with Miami, Boston College and Syracuse regarding their potential membership in the league, which would expand from nine to 12 teams.
Virginia, under heavy political pressure to make Virginia Tech part of the expansion package, was the dissenting vote, and the Cavaliers voted against each of the schools. Virginia's proposal to include Virginia Tech fell short of the seven necessary votes.
ACC to talk to Miami, Tech left out

The Atlantic Coast Conference's targets for expansion became clear on Friday as Duke and North Carolina reversed their positions on expansion, giving Syracuse and Boston College enough votes to be considered for membership along with Miami.
The ACC's presidents voted earlier this week to add three schools, but in-fighting stalled the process. The ACC wanted Miami, but the University of Virginia's opposition to any expansion that excluded Virginia Tech had prevented Syracuse and Boston College from receiving nominations.
ACC to SU: You're Invited

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. - Icy stares, harsh words and tough choices await Miami athletic director Paul Dee when he arrives for the start of today's Big East Conference meetings at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, a five-diamond resort on the Atlantic Ocean.
The Big East is on the verge of collapse and is fighting a hostile takeover attempt by the Atlantic Coast Conference, which has voted to expand and wants Miami, Syracuse and Boston College.
Wheels turning as wobbly Big East begins meetings

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Call it the calm before the storm, but about the only sign of trouble around the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Friday afternoon was Boston College football coach Tom O'Brien hacking through a patch of sawgrass trying to find an errant tee shot. That should all change dramatically today. The Big East Conference begins four days of meetings here today with its very life at stake. If that wasn't obvious before, it became painfully so on Friday when the Atlantic Coast Conference presidents voted to invite Big East members Miami, Syracuse and Boston College to jump ship.
The Charleston Gazette - Sports

The first law of conference expansion has always been to make sure the slices of the financial pie are the same when you serve 12 slices as when you serve nine. While it's nice to have more members, it's not so nice when new members cost the old members money.That's what has not made sense about the Atlantic Coast Conference's yearning for Miami, Syracuse and Boston College, which it voted Friday to invite. The nine ACC member institutions each received a record $9.7 million -- the most by any conference -- as their most recent annual share of television, marketing, licensing and other commercial revenue. Three new members will mean that nearly $30 million in new revenue must be found to keep the slices of the pie the same size.
College Football Front Page 5:11 AM ET Saturday, May 17, 2003

Let's go to Virginia Tech. Frank Beamer has toiled 16 seasons building the Hokies into a national power. The university just spent $37million to expand Lane Stadium, with blueprints for $48million more. Now, barring a drastic change in course by the ACC, Tech's investment could implode.Big East football without Miami, Syracuse and Boston College? That leaves Tech, West Virginia and Co. courting the likes of Louisville, Central Florida and Marshall to join in a contrived marriage that holds little appeal to television networks, bowl games and a potential national championship playoff.Without such access, Tech's athletic department figures to lose recruits by the dozen and money by the millions. So scratch the second stadium expansion and, worst-case scenario, say goodbye to several sports.And to think, among those causing this Hokie heartache is Braine, the man who guided Virginia Tech's athletic department from 1988-97 and orchestrated the football program's entrance to the Big East.Next on the hurt parade is Connecticut. The Huskies in 2000 upgraded their football program from Division I-AA to Division I-A, and last season they won at Iowa State and nearly beat Boston College. They open a $90million stadium this season and were scheduled to begin Big East competition in 2005.Rutgers, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, the latter two legitimate national programs, are asking the same question. Pittsburgh might eventually slide into the Big Ten, but the others are hurting.Ditto ACC basketball, especially the conference tournament. Twelve teams dictate four games the first day, four games the second. Now I love hoops, but I'm gonna need a Diet Coke I.V. to stay awake for eight games in two days.Hey, there's an idea: The Diet Coke ACC Tournament. Surely the conference presidents would approve.Anything for a buck.
Tallahassee Democrat | 05/14/2003 | ACC shows its arrogance, selfishness


Basketball Recruiting

Rutgers will apparently get one more chance to secure the commitment of Darryl Watkins before the highly touted center from Paterson Catholic takes an official visit to national champion Syracuse next weekend. His father, Darryl Sr., told the Herald News on Thursday night that he planned on calling the Rutgers coaching staff in order to schedule another visit to the campus, which could come as early as today. "We're definitely going to try and go down there before the end of the weekend," Watkins Sr. said. "We've talked on the phone with Rutgers, and I think it's worth it to go again if it helps make the decision easier."
North Jersey Media Group

After a dismal 2002-03 campaign and the internal hair pulling that followed, it seemed like only a magic wand could fix the Rutgers University men's basketball program. Well, the beauty of college hoops is that there is a magic wand. It's called recruiting.
Jerry Carino: Paterson Catholic's Watkins will make or break Rutgers' recruiting class - Courier News


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