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Representatives of the Atlantic Coast Conference will bring their traveling show to Boston College today. They will look at the facilities, meet school officials, maybe even open a few closets and kick some tires. Tomorrow afternoon, ACC commissioner John Swofford and BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo will hold a joint press conference, praising each other and talking about a new vision of college athletics. And then, after a similar two-day stop in Syracuse, it will be over. The announcement that Miami, BC, and Syracuse are joining the ACC as part of a 12-team ''super conference'' will come out of Greensboro, N.C., in a matter of days, if not hours.
Boston Globe Online / Sports / Playing a game of risk

Why is the stable Atlantic Coast Conference moving to reinvent itself by adding three schools from the Big East Conference?
"Just follow the money. It all comes back to that," said Rick Burton, director of the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center.

ACC commissioner John Swofford and the school presidents and athletic directors pushing the pending expansion would have you believe otherwise, that economics are just one of several factors underlying the move.

For example, they say, their league would gain power in NCAA politics with 12 teams instead of nine. And it would be poised to be a significant player in football's Bowl Championship Series no matter how the BCS realigns itself when its television contract expires after the 2005 season.

"This is more about positioning, and improving our position in college athletics. This is not a huge windfall," North Carolina State AD Lee Fowler recently told The News and Observer of Raleigh, N.C.

Burton, a teacher and commentator, doesn't dispute that the "three P's" - power, prestige and positioning - are factors. But, he said, the opportunity to increase revenues far outweighs them all.
sunspot.net - college sports

All the carefully crafted, well-meaning, politically correct conciliatory statements four years ago couldn't take the bite out of the fact that Notre Dame had rejected membership in the Big Ten Conference. Conference commissioner Jim Delany stopped talking like a lawyer and started sounding like a jilted would-be date who had just been told that Notre Dame would be washing its hair that day and every day for the foreseeable future.
SouthBendTribune.com: What is the answer?



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Rutgers junior Vinny Esposito made it back into the lineup Saturday at the NCAA baseball tournament, and left no doubt about the vision in his right eye. Rutgers bounced back, too. Once, anyway. The Scarlet Knights staved off elimination with an 8-5 victory over Jacksonville but couldn't sidestep extinction twice. A 17-7 loss to Florida State, the top seed in the 64-team field, ended Rutgers' season in front of 3,288 at Dick Howser Stadium.
North Jersey Media Group

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Rutgers was eliminated from the NCAA Regional Tournament last night, falling to top-seeded Florida State 17-7 in the consolation final.
The Trentonian

News of the Weird

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thirteen-year-old soccer prodigy Freddy Adu agreed to a $1 million contract with Nike, The Washington Post reported Monday. Adu, already an offensive star on the U.S. under-17 national team, also has agreed to be represented by SportsNet, LLC.
SI.com - Soccer - US - Report: 13-year-old agrees to $1 million Nike deal - Tuesday May 27, 2003 02:37 PM


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