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The Rutgers baseball team (32-17, 19-5) clinched the 2003 Big East regular season championship with a doubleheader sweep of Villanova yesterday.
After battling through a 2 hour and 28 minute rain delay to win the opener, 5-0, Rutgers' Shaun Parker fired a five-inning no-hitter as Rutgers won the nightcap 9-0 to complete the sweep. The two victories, coupled with a pair of West Virginia losses, gives Rutgers its first regular-season title since 2000 and its third in six seasons.
Rutgers clinches Big East baseball crown with sweep

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Miami may not have an easy decision to make about whether to stay in the Big East or to bolt to the Atlantic Coast Conference, taking Syracuse and Boston College along, but the Hurricanes do have two very clear choices on the issue.
Do they believe the ACC's rosy financial projections and vision for the future? Or is the Big East version -- which league officials insist is much more realistic -- the one that Miami winds up believing?
Answer that and you'll know if the Hurricanes are staying or going -- something no one in the Big East will dare venture a guess on at this point.
Miami provides no hint of its future in Big East

Big East Conference athletic directors gave the impression Sunday that they had slowed Miami's momentum to leave the league.
It was a small victory for the Big East leaders, who are gathered for five days of meetings and will take any kind of victory in efforts to save their beleaguered conference.
Big East ADs meet; Miami decision may not come soon

Big East Conference athletic directors gave the impression Sunday that they had slowed Miami's momentum to leave the league. It was a small victory for the Big East leaders, who are gathered for five days of meetings and will take any kind of victory in efforts to save their beleaguered conference.
When the Atlantic Coast Conference offered to talk expansion with Big East programs Miami, Syracuse and Boston College on Friday, many people thought the Hurricanes would have a decision as soon as today, and the other schools would quickly follow.
Big East ADs slow Miami momentum

Five months after Mike Tranghese became Big East commissioner in 1990, the University of Miami joined the conference, giving the needed impetus to start football. But Tranghese had been warned that Miami's conference location should be kept in pencil. League officials would be coming for the Hurricanes like suitors for Jennifer Lopez.
The Atlantic Coast Conference previously had made two dalliances with the Hurricanes. The third time seems to be the charm. Most of the 30-plus media members gathered feel Miami, Boston College and Syracuse going to the ACC are done deals. Any information taken back to the respective presidents is mere window dressing as are formal discussions and site visits by ACC officials.
Third time might be the charm for ACC, Miami

Together, they've sunk some $150 million into football upgrades in the last several years. Virginia Tech sought to secure its new place among the nation's elite. Connecticut bought into the college game's premier division, I-A. Now there's concern about both investments.
The two schools have perhaps the largest stakes in the survival or breakup of the Big East Conference, which is trying to fend off a raid by the neighboring Atlantic Coast. Meeting here this week, Big East officials formally have launched efforts to keep Miami (Fla.), Syracuse and Boston College from jumping to the ACC, which has announced its intent to expand and identified the three as targets.
Virginia Tech, Connecticut brace for impact of ACC expansion

Tighter-lipped than Saturday, the athletic directors from the Big East met for nearly four hours Sunday before they broke for another important venue: the golf course.
Most tried to appear positive, but wouldn't expound on the details discussed in the meetings being held to explore the best alternatives for keeping the University of Miami, Boston College and Syracuse in the Big East. All three schools are considering defecting to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Big East's leaders are still hopeful UM will stay


Desperate men with determined faces yesterday burst out of what was billed as the most important meeting in Big East Conference history with two objectives:
To make their 12:45 p.m. tee time at the posh Ponte Vedra Inn & Club course.
To avoid revealing anything that went on in their meeting, at least publicly.
Big East strategy involves Syracuse

It long has been said, although not with positive proof, that there is honor among thieves. Too bad the same can't be said of university presidents, and there is positive proof of this. The on-going raid of the Big East Conference by the Atlantic Coast Conference is not just another example of the seamy side of college athletics but ample testimony that the presidents and chancellors are waist-deep in this mire.
Presidents' greed fuels ACC's raid

Big East Conference athletic directors gave the impression yesterday that they had slowed Miami's momentum to leave the league.
It was a small victory for the Big East leaders, who are gathered for 5 days of meetings and will take any kind of victory in efforts to save their beleaguered conference.
When the Atlantic Coast Conference offered to talk expansion with Big East programs Miami, Syracuse and Boston College on Friday, many people thought the Hurricanes would have a decision as soon as today, and the other schools would quickly follow.
Big East ADs suggest that Miami's ACC deal isn't done

UConn AD Lew Perkins did all the right things after he recommended elevating his school's football program to Division I-A status 13 years ago.
Perkins got the right guy to oversee the transition when he hired assistant Randy Edsall, who coached the Huskies to a 6-6 record with four straight wins to finish off the season. He convinced the legislature in that basketball-crazed state to shell out $90 million to construct a new, state-of-the-art 40,000-seat stadium in East Hartford. His marketing people have already sold more than 20,000 season tickets - all in the name of entering Big East football in 2005.
No pros for Conn if East teams bolt

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.
Big East takes turn courting 'Canes

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.
Goal of Big East schools is to preserve the union

Big East Conference athletic directors gave the impression Sunday that they had slowed Miami's momentum to leave the league.
It was a small victory for the Big East leaders, who are gathered for five days of meetings and will take any kind of victory in efforts to save their beleaguered conference.
When the Atlantic Coast Conference offered to talk expansion with Big East programs Miami, Syracuse and Boston College on Friday, many people thought the Hurricanes would have a decision as soon as Monday, and the other schools would quickly follow.
Big East ADs: Miami's momentum has been slowed

As an original fan of the Big East Conference when it was formed in 1980, it was disconcerting to me that commissioner Mike Tranghese was playing golf when it was announced that the Atlantic Coast Conference had targeted three of his teams to add to its stable.
It’s kind of like President Bush playing with his dog on the White House lawn if it was known that a terrorist attack was imminent. You just don’t want those kind of photo ops. They just don’t look good, public relations-wise.
Big East not done yet


Together they've sunk some $150 million into football upgrades in the last several years. Virginia Tech sought to secure its new place among the nation's elite. Connecticut bought into the college game's premier division, I-A.
Virginia Tech, Connecticut brace for impact

As the Big East began making its formal pitch Sunday to keep Miami (Fla.) from leaving — and taking Syracuse and Boston College along to the rival Atlantic Coast — a USA TODAY review of financial data illustrates why, in part, the Hurricanes are weighing a move.
Numbers show Miami could profit from move to ACC

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The Mountain West Conference might expand if it meant getting a chance for an automatic bid in the Bowl Championship Series, the commissioner said.
The Big East Conference could lose its automatic bid if three of its members -- Miami, Syracuse and Boston College -- accept an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Mountain West might try to get that automatic bid, Commissioner Craig Thompson said.
Mountain West may take aim at Big East's BCS bid

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