The underlying feeling as the Big East spring meetings began
yesterday was that the University of Miami, Syracuse, and Boston College will
accept an offer from the Atlantic Coast Conference to join that league, which
would expand from nine to 12 teams. While BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo
maintained that no decision had been made by any of the schools, he did concede
that Miami was the catalyst and seemed to express every indication of accepting
the ACC's offer.
Boston Globe Online / Sports / All signs pointing to ACC
He built a conference. He became Bowl Championship Series
commissioner. But for all his smarts, Mike Tranghese deserves blame for what is
happening to the Big East now.
This crisis cried out for a bold counterproposal -- a 12-team football superconference of his own, a vision at least as big as the Atlantic Coast Conference's. Tranghese missed the train. To top it off, he is losing the PR fight. The Big East commissioner is avoiding interviews at the start of the conference's most important meetings ever, maybe its last as serious player. He is doing almost nothing publicly to counter the message that the ACC sees the future and can explain how new teams fit in it.
Big East commissioner didn't have game plan
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., May 17 -- There was plenty of posturing
and promoting on the first day of the Big East Conference's spring meetings
today, all in response to the ACC announcing plans Friday to invite Big East
members Boston College, Miami and Syracuse into its fold and form a 12-team
league.But the boldest and perhaps most unexpected statement of the afternoon
came from Miami football coach Larry Coker, who after leaving the meeting of
league football coaches wore a solemn expression and stated flatly: "I'd like to
see the league stay together."
Miami's Coker Among Voices for Big East Unity (washingtonpost.com)
PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Putting on a brave front in uncertain
times, Big East coaches and athletic directors voiced confidence Saturday that
they can keep the University of Miami, Boston College and Syracuse University
from bolting for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Big East conference meetings
began with football coaches taking about various issues while athletic directors
had an informal meeting without the presence of Miami, BC and
Big East focus: Convince Miami to stay - Courier News
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Their futures at stake, Big East
athletic directors and football coaches pledged to keep the conference intact
yesterday. But whether that is wishful thinking will begin to be revealed this
morning, when commissioner Mike Tranghese makes his presentation for keeping the
University of Miami from bolting to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Philadelphia Inquirer | 05/18/2003 | Big East to make its case to Miami
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Paul Dee of Miami and Gene DeFilippo
of Boston College had breakfast Saturday with the athletic directors of other
Big East Conference schools that play football. Then they went their separate
ways. Is this a sign of things to come? A day after the Atlantic Coast
Conference voted to enter into formal expansion discussions with Miami, Boston
College, and Syracuse, Dee and DeFilippo were left to receive the cold shoulder
because Jake Crouthamel of Syracuse had not yet arrived at the Ponte Vedra Beach
Club & Inn.
North Jersey Media Group
A final decision on whether Miami, Boston College and Syracuse
bolt the Big East and accept invitations to the ACC, won't be decided at the Big
East meetings this week in Ponte Vedra, Fla., and might not be made until after
the Memorial Day holiday weekend. A high-ranking source within the conference
told ESPN.com that the three athletic directors will hear a counter-proposal
from Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese on Sunday and Monday and then head
home Wednesday to meet with their respective presidents.
ESPN.com: NCAA - Big East decision won't be known anytime soon
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Big East Conference athletic directors met
informally Saturday morning without their counterparts from Miami, Syracuse and
UM's Larry Coker, Syracuse's Paul Pasqualoni and Boston College's Tom O'Brien, the football coaches of the three schools that have begun a courtship with the Atlantic Coast Conference, left their meeting 20 minutes earlier than the rest of their fellow coaches.
Reading the signs
PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- One thing not on the agenda at the Big East
Conference meetings that opened yesterday is a name change. The Wee Five,
perhaps? The Petite East, anyone? That's because member school and conference
officials, refusing to accept what many believe is a foregone conclusion that
Miami, Boston College and Syracuse will bolt for the Atlantic Coast Conference,
are trying to broker deals that would keep all three in the Big
Big East vowing to stay intact
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.- The four-hour meeting of Big East
Conference football coaches broke up around noon. Three coaches bounded through
the doors and out into the broiling sun. They said little. Their grouping and
their silence probably said something.
Syracuse's Paul Pasqualoni, Miami's Larry Coker and Boston College's Tom O'Brien left the meeting to a crush of reporters that have gathered to cover what might be the last stand of the Big East Conference.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has voted to expand. It has identified Syracuse, Miami and Boston College as the three teams from the Big East it will consider for inclusion.
It was probably no accident that Pasqualoni, Coker and O'Brien came out of the meeting together and left together.
Goal of Big East schools is to preserve the union
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - No matter how many sweet nothings the Big East whispers into Miami's ear this week, the school still intends to sit down and talk with the ACC.
The ACC voted Friday to begin formal talks with Big East members Miami, Boston College and Syracuse so it can expand from nine teams to 12.
The athletic directors of the Big East football schools will meet today and try to persuade Miami to stay put. Miami isn't planning on giving them an answer by the time the Big East's annual meetings conclude Wednesday.
This is the sort of expansion math all of
us can do. Bobby Bowden is 73 years old. Larry Coker is 54. Although that age
difference has gone unmentioned in the expansion debate, it helps explain why so
many ACC schools are anxious to increase the league's membership. Coker, Miami's
football coach, is the perfect insurance policy against Bowden's advancing age
at Florida State. No one talks about this issue, of course. You won't hear ACC
commissioner John Swofford discussing it publicly, and you can bet your kids'
lunch money that folks at Florida State would rather wade through a gator pool
than bring it up. But with Bowden already beyond normal retirement age and his
program beginning to look human, ACC football was quickly entering a period of
uncertainty at the top - just as the league is approaching a critical junction
in television and Bowl Championship Series negotiations.
The Rutgers University baseball team, already assured of the top
seed in next week's Big East Baseball Tournament, dropped their final Big East
regular-season game Saturday 6-2 to Villanova. The Scarlet Knights will wrap up
their regular season with a game today against Rider before opening play in the
Big East Tournament on Thursday against fourth-seeded Virginia Tech. West
Virginia and Notre Dame meet in the other opening-round game in the tournament,
which will be played at Commerce Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater.
Baseball: Rutgers finishes Big East regular-season slate with loss to Villanova - Courier News
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