Big East Media Day
BIGEAST.org: FOOTBALL - HURRICANES SELECTED TO WIN BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP
The University of Miami has been selected to win the BIG EAST Championship in 2003 based on a poll of media representatives who cover the league on a regular basis. It marks the ninth time in 11 years (since round-robin play began in 1993) that the Hurricanes have been the preseason favorite to win the crown.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - College
football viewers will have plenty of chances to catch BIG EAST football on
television this season. By virtue of its agreements with ABC and ESPN, the
league will once again be among the nation's most televised conferences. What it
means for the college football fan is that BIG EAST games will be televised
every week of the 2003 season.
BIGEAST.org: Airwaves - BIG EAST ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL<br>TELEVISION SCHEDULES
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -
Fresh off two defections that shattered the conference, the Big East has little
time to regroup if it wants to maintain its status as a major player in college
football. At the conference's final football media day before powerhouses Miami
and Virginia Tech bolt, commissioner Mike Tranghese said the remaining 12
schools need to decide soon whether they want to stay together or split into two
conferences - one that plays football and one that doesn't. "That's the first
question that has to be answered," Tranghese said Wednesday. "We can't proceed
until we have that answer." Negotiations for the next Bowl Championship Series
contract begin in September 2004, and the Big East needs to know what schools it
has if it wants to maintain its automatic bid in the BCS when the new deal
begins in the 2006 regular season. The Big East needs to add at least two teams
in order to maintain its conference status and the quality of those schools
could determine its place in the BCS. "I can't conceive of any type of football
system without Northeast representation," Boston College coach Tom O'Brien said.
"It would be wrong not to have the Northeast in the major college football
scene." Tranghese, who has been with the Big East since its inception in 1979,
said the decision to stay together or split up will come in the next few months.
If the two factions split, Tranghese said he won't go with either side because
he needs to run the league objectively for the next two seasons.
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