Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at 12:53 pm  |  22 responses

Report: Pittsburgh, Syracuse to the ACC?

by Ryne Nelson

The powers are re-aligning in college basketball, and according to reports, they seem to be headed in the ACC’s direction.

A NYT story Friday night revealed that the ACC has been approached by at least 10 schools about possible membership. The Big East’s Pittsburgh and Syracuse have both tendered letters of application:

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.

Syracuse, UNC, Duke, Pitt? That top four is wicked. Looks like the reigns in the college bball landscape could be handed back to the ACC once again.

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  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’m not feeling it.
    But what can be done?
    I’m still not feeling all those teams leaving Conference USA for the Big East, leaving only Memphis as the last noteworthy team left (at that time) and that was years ago.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Are these changes being made cause of all the other college football programs switching conferences? Cause we all know college football is more important than college basketball

  • Mike D.

    This has nothing to do with basketball and everything to do with football.

  • MLK4Life

    The Big East and ACC tournaments will not be the same. Don’t really care for this.

  • IndyG

    As a Duke fan I actually like this, Duke and UNC are the only teams that really have a shot in the ACC year in and year out, so this would add some variety.

  • dma

    what ahppened to all this ‘tradition’ talk?

  • add

    i think that might put the acc over top of the big east

  • Evan

    this going to be crzy competition if this happens

  • AMPduppp

    Pleasepleasepleaseee don’t let this happen… the last thing I need is more fodder for Dick Vitale to claim that “the ACC is the best conference there is baby!”

  • http://gravatar.com/nickp91 nickp91

    ACC presidents could vote to accept Syracuse and Pitt as early as Sunday. It’ll be a formality. ‘It’s done

  • All Day

    @Kevin: Yes, these decisions are strictly football related…they have nothing to do with basketball.

  • All Day

    @dma: Tradition has been replaced by TV revenue. It’s all about money and conference stability!

  • All Day

    @AMPduppp: The exact opposite is going to happen with Dick Vitale. He’s going to blow a gasket talking about the death of tradition and rivalies, due to conference realignment.

  • $$$$

    damn the Big East Tournament won’t be the same without Cuse and Pitt in it

    i’m from cuse and I don’t want this to happen, if i’m trying to go to a road game I wanna only have to drive a few hours to maybe Philly or Hartford and not down to the Carolinas. I guess Boston isn’t too bad though

  • Brahsef

    Never knew that the ACC was that much more of a power conference than the Big East, thought they were on the same level. In 20 years it’ll eventually only be the pac whatever, big 10 (they’ll never change the name despite having 16+ teams), and the SEC.

    It’s all about college football money and they don’t want to pay the college players LOL. College football athletes need a union.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Just remember: it’s all purely the love of the game. Nothing to do with money. There’s nothing more pure than collegiate athletics.

  • JB

    Don’t do it ‘Cuse. You’re a basketball school and will never be a football school.

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  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Amateurism at its’ finest!!


    Don’t know how exactly this is a football related move since both Pitt and ‘Cuse are clearly basketball schools. Am I missing something? Nonetheless, I say go 4 it. The ACC is in a dire need of a power boost. The past couple of seasons its been weak.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    these college conferences are getting crazy recently. make it stop

  • sportcenter

    more competiton for the best conference in college basketball