The powers are re-aligning in college basketball, and according to reports, they seem to be headed in the ACC’s direction.
Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh, two bedrock members of the Big East Conference, are engaged in talks about joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, according to a person with direct knowledge of the talks.
No one from Pittsburgh, Syracuse or the A.C.C. denied the conversations were taking place. Officials from all three entities declined to comment on the matter.
The discussions between the ACC and two Big East members are significant, as it appears the ACC is inching closer to becoming a 16-team super conference. Experts believe that if Syracuse and Pitt switch, the Big East won’t be able to overcome the loss.
ESPN reports that, “for schools to leave the Big East, they must pay $5 million and give 27 months notice.” That’s $15 million fewer than the ACC’s recently-upped $20 million buyout.