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Marcus Daniels is definitely a little bummed. He grew up in Miami, he could've gone to the University of Miami, and if not, he was at least banking on playing the Hurricanes every year for his whole family to see.
But the incoming Rutgers freshman, two days away from a plane ride to Piscataway and the start of his career as a Big East wide receiver, is adamant that everyone knows he's only a little bummed.
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Single-game tickets for 2003 Rutgers football home games will go on sale this coming Tuesday, July 1, through the Rutgers Athletics Ticket Office. Fans wishing to purchase tickets can utilize one of three convenient methods.
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The plan had always called for a smooth transition that would allow the University of Connecticut time to grow its football program from a member of the Atlantic 10 conference into a Division 1-A independent and, ultimately, a full-fledged member of the Big East football conference in 2005.
But now, it appears, those plans could be expedited.
Now that the University of Miami and Virginia Tech have accepted invitations to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East will be reduced to six football schools for the 2004 season.
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They just left the Big East for the ACC, incurring the wrath of one league while dividing another, and all Miami and Virginia Tech got was a lousy golf shirt?
That was the ACC's welcoming present Tuesday night to Miami athletics director Paul Dee and Virginia Tech's Jim Weaver. Both men seemed pleased, laughing as they received an ACC shirt from Commissioner John Swofford -- putting a happy face on one of the most divisive incidents in NCAA history.
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Now that the latest and, presumably, the final phase of the ACC/Big East greed war has concluded with Miami going to the ACC (and) the Big East in ruins ... there is only one thing left for us to do.
Take a long, hot shower.
By now, of course, Big East officials almost certainly have reached out to Louisville and others not just in Conference USA, but in the Mid-American and even the Atlantic 10. They'll stop at nothing to survive, at least as a big-time basketball league. They won't give a second thought to doing to another league what the ACC did to theirs.

Philosophically, Judy Rose is troubled by the direction major-college athletics is taking.
As the Charlotte 49ers athletics director, she is determined not to let the 49ers get lost in the shuffle.
Rose anticipates additional ACC expansion to 12 teams. She expects the five most prominent conferences to continue consolidating power and wonders if they'll break away from the NCAA altogether.
Rose expects more league shakeups

Arkansas athletics director Frank Broyles said he hasn't heard any rumblings but wouldn't be surprised if the ACC tries to gain its next member by tapping the SEC.
Broyles led Arkansas out of the Southwest Conference and into the SEC in the early 1990s, and he was blamed by many for spurring the dissolution of the Southwest Conference.
Miami has accepted the ACC's invitation to leave the Big East, and Virginia Tech is also bolting. The ACC needs a 12th team to hold a league football championship game.
ACC might look to SEC

The ACC sent a limousine for Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver and his five traveling partners Tuesday. In it, they rode in style from the Greensboro/High Point airport to a posh hotel near the conference headquarters. Flanked by Miami athletic director Paul Dee and ACC Commissioner John Swofford, Weaver stared out into a sea of reporters who hailed from New York to Florida and many points in between - none of whom would have predicted this three weeks ago
Hokies AD Weaver enjoys night of acceptance

Atlantic Coast Conference expansion was done largely with football in mind, but the league's crown jewel for decades, men's basketball, might be tarnished a bit by a bigger league.
The ACC's original plan, which would have brought in Miami (Fla.), Boston College and reigning men's basketball national champion Syracuse, probably would have given ACC men's basketball a boost.
Expansion is no slam dunk for ACC basketball

The scenarios were many. Miami, Boston College and Syracuse to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Or just Miami. Or Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College. Or Miami, Virginia Tech and Syracuse. Or Miami, Virginia Tech, Syracuse and Boston College.
Other remote possibilities floated in the media included a combination of the above schools plus either Notre Dame, Louisville, Pitt, Tulane, Navy or East Carolina or a school with already strong conference ties — Penn State, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Hard to put a smiley face on ACC expansion

In the spirit of Atlantic Coast Conference cooperation, each member institution had a representative at a news conference Tuesday night to celebrate the addition of Miami and Virginia Tech.
For Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver, one of the speakers on behalf of President Charles Steger, it was different from when he visited the ACC offices on May 6 to evaluate expansion. But Virginia Tech was not included when the presidents initially voted to discuss expansion with Miami, Boston College and Syracuse. Asked then whether he thought Virginia Tech would be included, Weaver answered, "No," but the Hokies received the required seven votes on June 24.
ACC parties, minus a guest

It had all the makings of a great year for Mike Tranghese, the Big East Conference commissioner. One of his member schools, Miami, came within a disputed call of winning college football's championship. Another, Syracuse, came together at just the right time to win basketball's championship for its longtime coach, Jim Boeheim, one of Tranghese's favorite people.
In its 24-year history, the Big East had never put teams in the football and basketball championship games in the same season. The conference, and the man who has been commissioner for 13 years and associated with it since its inception in 1979, were riding high.
Big East breakup not all bad for Pitt, WVU

Pitt football Coach Walt Harris believes reports of the impending demise of the Panthers' football program in the wake of the Miami and Virginia Tech's defections are premature.
He believes the program will continue to grow into one of the nation's elite and points to recent history as evidence of Pitt's ability to overcome adversity.
Harris says Pitt's future is still bright

Although there is a widely held belief that the events of this week have inflicted a grievous wound to the Pitt football program and doomed it to second-class status for the rest of eternity, that absolutely does not have to be the case. Pitt and the Big East can survive to excel if they properly adjust to the blow dealt them by the defections of Miami and Virginia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Big East must define its future

The incredible shrinking Big East Conference has vowed to do more than just fight on. It has vowed to get even better despite having two flagships sunk.
Better? By taking in Louisville, a lightly regarded educational institution from a community so small it's not even in the top-50 metropolitan areas in the nation?
Let the Ivy lead the way for Big East

Now that Miami and Virginia Tech have left the Big East to join the ACC, what does all of this mean? It means, after all the legal battles that won't be worth paying attention to, we might be finally done with the most boring big sports story since Sammy tried to get us to believe that he grabbed the wrong bat. This isn't the end of the world, and Big East belly-aching aside, everything is just fine. I beg you, don't buy into the whole Big East whine-fest that you're going to hear over the next few days. This is business, and the Big East blew it. The ACC was more pro-active, and much smarter than the Big East, and Miami and Virginia Tech made the correct business move. That's it. If the Big East was smarter, it would have done the exact same thing. Guess what? It's going to try and do the same thing to Conference USA.
What does Miami's move mean?

1. Just like that, the ACC may have expanded itself into becoming the toughest football conference in America.
With NC State, Virginia and Maryland on the rise, the ACC already looked like a conference to be reckoned with. Add the 'Canes and the Hokies and you've got six bona fide top 25 contenders for the foreseeable future. Of the eleven members, the conference will have just a single pushover in football—Duke.
20 thoughts on the ACC expansion

Boston College has tied its football glory to Miami for nearly 20 years, from Doug Flutie's game-winning desperation pass against the Hurricanes in 1984 to the latest dalliance over the expansion of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Those days are through.
Miami is leaving BC behind in the Big East, and the Eagles are now one of the "lead dogs" trying to hold the conference together. First on the agenda: Positioning the league so it can hold its place in the Bowl Championship Series after the current BCS contract expires in 2005.
Big East vows to change, survive

Money played a large role in Miami's decision to leave the Big East and join the Atlantic Coast Conference. But not in the way that might have been expected.
Miami officials relied less on the amounts of the offers from the two conferences and more on the ways the leagues distribute profits to all sports.
Miami chose stability over sudden prosperity

It's no surprise that money played a large role in Miami's decision to leave the Big East and join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
But what was somewhat unusual in the decision-making process was the fact Miami officials relied less on the amounts of their two offers and more on the ways conferences allocate their disbursements.
Sharing the wealth

The Lawsuit

Florida will seek dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the University of Miami and the Atlantic Coast Conference over expansion.
Four remaining Big East football schools are asking for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages in the suit filed in Connecticut, which contends Miami entered secret talks to join the ACC and sought to destroy the Big East.
State of Fla. wants ACC lawsuit spiked

Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist announced Tuesday that he will file papers seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the University of Miami and the Atlantic Coast Conference over expansion.
Four remaining Big East football schools are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages in the suit filed in Connecticut, which contends Miami entered secret talks to join the ACC and sought to destroy the Big East.
Fla. attorney general wants Big East lawsuit thrown out

What is Next?

UCF remains committed to putting its teams in a single conference, Athletic Director Steve Orsini said Tuesday, but what conference that will be remains unclear in the wake of Monday's college football shakeup.
The school long has desired an opportunity to jump to a bigger conference. Now that the "first domino has fallen," as Orsini described the decision of Miami and Virginia Tech to leave the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference, UCF is waiting to see where it will stand once the Big East determines its next course of action.
New home for UCF still on horizon

The Atlantic Coast Conference's courtship of the University of Miami ended Monday with Syracuse University and the rest of the Big East standing at the altar.
Miami president Donna Shalala announced her decision to leave the Big East Conference and join the ACC, along with Virginia Tech.
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