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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 Syracuse.
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 Boston College.
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 East.
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.
roanoke.com

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.
KnoxNews: Football


 

Baseball

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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