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September 5, 2008

Schedule Making

Filed under: Big East,Conference,Conference,Football,Schedule — Chas @ 11:50 am

Interesting bit in Ivan Maisel’s college football rundown stuff on scheduling and off weeks for teams. He talks to the Big East’s guy, associate commissioner Nick Carparelli about it. Pitt is the example.

2. Every school is responsible for their own nonconference schedule. In an ideal world, since we have five nonconference games, the schools will schedule them in the first five or six weeks. That leaves us a blank slate to concoct a balanced, fair, competitive schedule.

3. Pittsburgh plays Notre Dame on Nov. 1 (so much for early-season nonconference games). In an eight-team league, I’m forced to give someone else a bye then (that would be Rutgers).

4. We avoid three straight road games. If we have to do it, we include a bye. Pittsburgh plays at Syracuse (Sept. 27), at Cincinnati (Oct. 2) and at Navy (Oct. 18). Part of the problem with them [Pitt] is that this is the year they [nonconference] scheduled three home games in the first four weeks and two road games late in the season. They handcuffed us.

5. We avoid one school having a “short week” playing an opponent that has a full week or more. (Pitt and USF both have five days to prepare for their game on Thurs., Oct. 2, as do USF and Cincinnati for their game on Thurs., Oct. 30).

6. If you shortchange a school (a team without an off week playing a team that had an off week), you try to limit it once in a season. West Virginia is at Pitt on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Pitt plays at UConn on championship Saturday (Dec. 6). UConn doesn’t play on Thanksgiving weekend. We felt better because Pitt is getting an extra day to prepare. We couldn’t avoid it.

Now we know.

What we have ALWAYS known is the real culprit…the Big East yahoos and their toady school presidents who allowed them to add 73 basketball schools but not enough football schools. Forced/tempted the members to schedule too many of those OOC games he whines about. If you have to schedule an extra garbage game, such as I-AA, you sure as h*ll are going to stack them up as home games. What an idiot. Add Memphis now and be done. They’ll add a great hoops program and a decent football program.

Comment by geeman2001 09.05.08 @ 9:01 pm

…and to that get rid of Notre Dame bball, and add another all-sports participant.

Comment by ChrisA 09.08.08 @ 7:13 pm

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