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.
NYPOST.COM Sports BIG EAST PLANNING TO RAID ACC By LENN ROBBINS
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
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
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
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
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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