Leaving What Is Familiar, Kind Of

With conference realignment coming to the doors of central New York's Carrier Dome, the future will not resemble what Orange faithful have come to know. More inside.

Syracuse University is now officially a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) after leaving the conference that they helped build and sustain, the Big East.

But the Big East Conference is not what it used to be. It split into the old Big East and the Catholic 7, with Big East schools that also had football programs in the conference were left behind by the seven schools that detached from the conference.

Those that remained in football and basketball are now members of the newly-formed American Athletic Conference.

The schools that made up the Catholic 7 were given ownership of the conference's name and will continue to be known as the Big East.

Involved in this mix are the following rival schools of Syracuse that will no longer share a conference with the Orange:

Georgetown Hoyas:

The Orange have been facing off against the Hoyas as Big East archrivals for over 30 years.

In that time, fans have witnessed overtime matches, last-second daggers, heated encounters, ejections, and blowouts.

Most recently, Georgetown defeated Syracuse in front of an on-campus all-time record for a men's basketball game at the Carrier Dome, with 35,012 in attendance.

Heading to Washington, D.C., the Orange would fall to the Hoyas again, amounting a mere 39 points in 40 minutes.

But in the final conference match between the two, Syracuse closed the door on their in-conference rivalry with an overtime win in the Big East Conference Tournament.

Though no longer guaranteed to play one another at least once a season, Syracuse University has discussed the opportunity to keep the 80+ year rivalry going with Georgetown University in non-conference play.

UConn Huskies:

Jim versus Jim will always be a piece of NCAA men's basketball history. Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun, two coaches already inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame, spent some of the most emotional moments of the Big East together.

It is fitting, then, that the six-overtime contest that ended with 244 points scored in total with an opportunity at a conference tournament title on the line happened between the Orange and the Huskies.

Most recently, Syracuse has been more successful than UConn in their head-to-head matches, but the Huskies have been affected by NCAA sanctions and no longer have Calhoun on the sidelines.

Even if the Orange were to remain in the same conference as the Huskies, the Jims will never stay along the same sideline to coach a game again.

Villanova Wildcats:

It seems like Scottie Reynolds was always on the court as a threat when the game came down to the final seconds.

Syracuse and Villanova have made it difficult for one another to win away from home, a theme that was very much alive in their final season as Big East opponents. The Orange handled the Wildcats in the Carrier Dome only to fall on the road in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in an overtime bout.

But their rivalry, though no longer affecting conference standings, will continue on at least for the next two seasons, with a home-and-home series already agreed upon.

St. John's Red Storm:

Madison Square Garden has become the second home for the Orange away from the Carrier Dome. The only problem for the Red Storm is that the Garden has been their first home as well.

This has made the fight for the Garden an in-state rivalry that has captured the attention of many.

With Syracuse having a strong following in New York City and St. John's calling the same city their home, the rivalry sells itself before the game is even played.

Though the Orange have gotten the best of the Red Storm more recently, both sides agreed that they would rather keep their rivalry going despite no longer belonging to the same conference. As a result, like Villanova, St. John's will have a home-and-home series versus Syracuse for at least the two upcoming campaigns.

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