MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –
Former West Virginia University football coach Don Nehlen is holding out hope
that the Big East conference can be saved.
The coach told Tony Caridi Friday night on the MetroNews Statewide Sportsline that he believes the remaining conference schools will do everything in their power to try and keep Miami, Syracuse and Boston College from jumping to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"I've got my ears open and I've been sniffing around a little bit and I know that (Big East commissioner) Michael Tranghese, the athletic directors and the presidents are making a real, real, major push to not let this happen," he said. "I'm talking major: spending money, contacting the right people and doing things in a big-time way to keep this league intact. I don't think it's a done deal."
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CHAPEL HILL -- UNC-Chapel Hill faculty leaders voted Friday to oppose expansion of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and they called on university presidents to halt negotiations until faculty are more involved in the process.
The professors decried the secrecy that has surrounded the proposal to add the University of Miami, Boston College and Syracuse University to the ACC. Sue Estroff, faculty chairwoman, called it a "corporate merger mentality, which is incompatible with the way we do business."
newsobserver.com - UNC faculty oppose wider ACC
''If this happens,
I feel it would secure Boston College's future,'' said DeFilippo. ''It would put
us in a prestigious league academically and athletically. Six of the 12 teams
would be in the top 40 academically, according to a report in US News and World
Report. ''Athletically, we would have the type of draw of teams like Miami and
Florida State in football, but teams like North Carolina, Duke, and Maryland in
basketball. I think our fund-raising ability would increase significantly. I
think our ticket sales would increase tremendously.''
Boston Globe Online / Sports / DeFilippo sees upside to ACC
Phone lines are humming and e-mails are proliferating as university presidents, politicians and athletic directors connected with Big East Conference schools make a desperate attempt to stop May madness.
Against that backdrop, the Atlantic Coast Conference's expansion initiative moves forward. ACC officials are expected to make campus visits this week to Syracuse, Boston College and Miami, the three Big East schools the ACC has identified for extraction.
Big East digs in as ACC plans to visit
Under the relatively new four-team, double-elimination format, the Big
East Championship has morphed into a battle of attrition. The top-seeded Rutgers
University baseball team and third-seeded Notre Dame advanced to the final for
the second straight year, and the Fighting Irish, who have more pitching depth
than any team in the league, defended their title 11-3 before a crowd of 2,127
at Commerce Bank Ballpark on Saturday night.
Rutgers forces decisive game, loses to Notre Dame in Big East final - Courier News
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