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March 1, 2013

Some More Schedule Thoughts

Filed under: ACC,Conference,Football,Schedule — Chas @ 3:45 pm

Want to know why the Big Ten is actively discussing 9 or even 10 conference games? Why the ACC may have reversed course for now on 9 games, but may revisit in the future? Why the Pac-12 and Big 12 are already at 9 conference games?

It simply is not cheap to rent-a-patsy any longer.

Pitt will pay ODU $375,000 to play at Heinz Field next season, but that’s not as much as both North Carolina ($450,000) and ECU ($430,000) are paying. ECU’s is paying out $250,000 in cash and giving ODU 4,000 tickets with a face value of $180,000.

Maryland is paying ODU $350,000.

Idaho will pay ODU $150,000, but the Monarchs are scheduled to give that same amount back in 2019 when the Vandals play a return game to Norfolk.

In all, ODU is raking in almost $1.8 million in guarantees, which [ODU AD Wood] Selig said would go toward paying FCS opponents to come to Norfolk and for travel expenses.

It’s getting expensive just to buy a 1-AA team. Now imagine how much it costs for a guarantee game from the MAC or Sun Belt. Those are seven-figure games if you don’t make it a 2-for-1 (Hello, Akron road trip in 2015). Sure most of the SEC and Big 10 can afford it, and have stadiums they fill that more than cover the cost. Still, there are reasons 106 out of 125 1-A programs  have a 1-AA team on their schedule. And only 9 schools in a BCS conference don’t have a 1-AA opponent.

So, no. I don’t like seeing 1-AA teams on the schedule, but I’m not surprised any longer. It’s almost become a necessary evil if you want to have seven home games every year.

Now this year’s schedule has no weekday games — aside from ones on a holiday weekend. The ACC has Thursday night games with ESPN, but for now that is it on weekday games.

The schedule is also more traditional, with 10 Saturdays after several Wednesday and Friday night games in recent Big East seasons.

“I hope we never do that again in my lifetime,” Pederson said of Wednesday games. “We have normal college football.”

Hopefully Wednesday and Friday games will be the province of MACtion and Big East remaindermen.

Heather Dinich at the ESPN ACC blog ranks Pitt’s non-con schedule as 4th best. Seems about right.

With the move to the ACC, kicking off with FSU. Plus Notre Dame at home, there is no question that this is Pitt’s best home slate since 2003. I have no doubt, that like 2003, the season tickets will sell out this year. As for whether it is reflected in physical attendance. That will depend very much on what Pitt does against FSU to start the season.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN and will be the only Division I-A game that night.

“It provides a great opportunity because of the challenges,” Pitt coach Paul Chryst said. “We’re excited and proud to be going into the ACC and what better way for us to do it than to play against the defending champions?”

I guess the one thing that puzzles me is this: was there really any serious debate in the Pittsburgh area about jumping at the opportunity to host FSU to start the season? Or was this sports radio BS where the hosts tried to pretend there was a real debate to this issue. I ask because there was the Starkey article before it went through and then the Cook column afterwards. Both making what look to me like fake controversy over the issue as they side with the obvious choice of definitely doing it.





26 weeks away..

Comment by HLandPitt 03.01.13 @ 4:21 pm

A few other good reasons to go to 9 or 10 conference games are the strength of schedule component to the new playoff seeding and the extra games for the conference TV networks.

Comment by HbgFrank 03.01.13 @ 4:53 pm

More conference games is better, do away with tune ups. One or two competitive non-com games adds to the quality. Makes it more difficult for independents, tough luck ND.

Comment by gc 03.01.13 @ 5:07 pm

Also, writers are all about controversy and will make it when it doesn’t exist.

Comment by gc 03.01.13 @ 5:08 pm

24/7 radio. They have been embellishingly controversey ever since Rush began in the early 80s … Oh yea, in sports also!

Comment by wbb 03.01.13 @ 6:14 pm

I really hope Notre Dame gets their story straight and joins the Big East catholic league for good. That plus the ACC’s 8 game slate means Pitt could try to schedule Notre Dame most years and still pull a series with Penn State. Imagine that schedule!

Comment by ChrisA 03.01.13 @ 6:48 pm

Don’t burn any brain cells on trying to figure out writers, radio hosts and assorted jock sniffers. Job preservation is first and foremost on their limited cranial capacity.
As for the price of FCS opponent poker being so high, it seems they have killed the goose laying the golden egg. So they’ve driven the Big Conferences to incest have they.
Too bad the net result is about 60 fewer paydays for them.
Oopsie. Supply and demand. Demand just dropped by one third. This ain’t OPEC we’re dealing with here. Watch the price fall and FCS schools whine in a few years.

Comment by SFPitt 03.01.13 @ 7:22 pm

I don’t know if it was radio controversy. There were plenty of posters on here opposed to the idea of a FSU opener…new DC, new QB, new league, blah blah blah…

Comment by Iron Duke 03.01.13 @ 8:13 pm

at least Chryst only lost 1 from his staff

link to post-gazette.com

Comment by wbb 03.01.13 @ 8:51 pm

@wbb
I am on record with this: the sun is setting on WVUlgar athletics. Your linked story is further proof. 3 good assistants leaving in one year! QB, RB & OL. 3 areas where the reform school of western Virginia was arguably upper echelon.
Seems this guy is a good recruiter.
Holgersen is Harold Hill with none of the charm. When he and Luck are in the same room, neither will turn his back on the other! Watch their attendance in ’13. It will drop faster than a McDowell county virgins’ panties. LOL, just as & MD join the Big Ten, WVUlgar loses good coaches, gives up 50 pts a game and petitions the NCAA to loosen travel policies.
Recall when the WVUlgar leader Luck was claiming he could get Pitt into the Big 12? Fools gold! Luck wanted a date to Hell because he knew once the dust settled performance would count and bills would have to be paid!
WVUlgar belongs in what once was The Big East! All he had to do was not panic: but he did panic and was first out the door. Like Lee at Gettysburg and Picketts charge, the high-water mark of WVUlgar sports will be the time between them winning at blue blood Texas, right before they get to the clump of trees the rest of the world knows as Texas Tech!
Luck will be gone in 4 years, Holgersen in two.
My name for the football conference formerly known as the Big East? Welcome the Far East!
Not bad if I do say so myself!

Comment by SFPitt 03.01.13 @ 10:35 pm

not bad at all …. I like it!

Comment by wbb 03.01.13 @ 11:00 pm

SFPitt, The way their football season went for them and the basketball team is doing things in Morgantown certainly don’t look good.

Comment by Justinian 03.01.13 @ 11:02 pm

@SFPitt you know your stuff man! The drums are beating through the hills of WV as their revenue producing athletic programs are in rapid decline. Being a hardcore Pitt fan living here watching this is fun. I truly believe our football program is moving in the right direction. As Chuck Noll used to saw, “You win with people.” I would take PC and his integrity as a person and a coach any day over the swachbuckler mad scientist in Morgantown. Hail to Pitt!!

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 03.01.13 @ 11:28 pm

Much as I dislike the Hoopies. They only left the BigEast…. AFTER…. us & Syracuse were invited to the ACC. In the whole timeline of things.

And they tried like hell to get into both the SEC & the ACC.

So who could blame them for going to the BIg 12 at that point. Or they would be in some nameless conf., (as it appears the Catholic 7 are paying to keep the BigEast name, rightfully so btw), with such football juggernauts as Tulane, Temple,
Memphis, USF, UCF, Houston, SMU & East Carolina.

I’m sure PITT would have done the same thing given the choices.

I do believe in our school motto.

Veritas et Virtus
Hail to Pitt !

Comment by EMel 03.02.13 @ 1:23 am

And if the ever ACC blows up (and who really knows), Pitt might be singing…….

The Eyes of Texas

As well. lol

Comment by EMel 03.02.13 @ 1:28 am

OMG, it’s after midnite, the Sequester has begun.

The internet is still working and the sky hasn’t fallen.

The 24/7 right radio isn’t the only medium that embellishes controversy.

Comment by EMel 03.02.13 @ 1:33 am

Hey Boubecar, your man came thru again

FINAL THOUGHTS: Devin Wilson was the difference. He was excellent in the second half after a shaky first half from him. He finished with 19 points, seven rebounds a handful of assists and steals. He actually took over the game in the final quarter and a half. On top of that, the kid is cool as the other side of the pillow

Comment by wbb 03.02.13 @ 7:07 am

@Emel
I don’t recall blaming anyone for anything. WVU chose to leave and expedited the process incurring big time fees to do so. There was still time to decide. The Big 12 was and IS worried that UT will leave. That conference is a house built on one card.
Facts are facts. Records are what they are. If I’m wrong, I’ll admit it as I always do on this board when I am wrong.
WVU could have done what is always most difficult to do…weigh their options and not just react. But they acted like a man dying of thirst; knocking on everyones door to get in.
They would be far better off financially and competitively had they remained in the Big East. When you put pencil to paper, they lose. Exit fees, dropped attendance, travel costs, diminished brands, etc
Oliver Luck loves being perceived to be smart: but look closely at his resume. There isn’t a legacy of success once he stopped wearing cleats. He gains, but his organizations don’t. It easy to say WVU had no choice and Lord knows that their PR department runs circles around Pitt’s. But they could have staid and now they could have been cock of the walk poised to strike a deal where income AND expenses both are real.
Their day is done and Luck’s next job will be CEO of a racetrack somewhere.

Comment by SFPitt 03.02.13 @ 7:13 am

Ask and ye shall receive

link to triblive.com

Comment by wbb 03.02.13 @ 7:24 am

@ SF

I’m not going to argue over the Hillbilly’s.

And I know the Big 12 is all dependent on Texas staying, as I’ve blogged about that fact many times.

They expedited the process because those were the parameters that the Big 12 laid out to them.

I hope the Big 12 blows up, as,,,,as long as they are around they will be considered better than the ACC in football and if it EVER goes to 4 conf’s with 16 teams each, as long as TExas is there, the ACC is in some jeopardy of being one of the 4 left standing. As the other 3 conf’s. (Big Joke, SEC & PAC 12) are all very solid .

So it’s gonna come to do us and the Big 12 if it eventually shakes out to 4 & 16.

As far as Oliver Luck I could care less if he eventually becomes a janitor at Mylan Puskar.

Btw he went to Youngstown State. lol

Comment by EMel 03.02.13 @ 7:27 am

lol wbb

Maybe Coach is reading The Blather !

Now if we can get him to play Kiwi Steve at the 4 on offense, my mission will be complete. :-)

Comment by EMel 03.02.13 @ 7:34 am

SFPitt…I have to agree with EMel on this. The BE ship was sinking and WVU had to get off…I also think your prediction for the demise of their programs is premature. They are not the first FB team that was expected to do well and fell flat on their face. New conference with new, more talented, teams than the BE. It is a trip that we too will soon take. I am expecting a rough trip in our first ACC season. It is part of the process of raising your game. As for BB, didn’t we just have a bad season last year? We have bounced back nicely this year. As for money, how do you compare what will be a future B12 payout to WVU of $26M per year to the new BE TV deal of $1.8M per year? Lastly, if we do go to the four 16 team mega conferences, both Pitt and WVU will be in one of them (and probably the same one).

Comment by HbgFrank 03.02.13 @ 9:01 am

As much as I hate WVU, you build your team to defeat the most frequent competiton. The BE was a little speed and a little size (little should be capitalized). B12 is all size with little speed, ACC more speed, less size. WVU was build on speed and didn’t handle B12 size. PC’s priority of size over speed will be tested in the ACC. Hopefully the WVU debacle in the B12 may hold promise for Pitt in the ACC. Although we need a couple years of size build-up.

There are examples to prove my theory wrong all over, but there are probably just as many to give us hope and faith in PC.

Comment by CompLit 03.02.13 @ 9:31 am

@ wbb, Adams and Taylor as a tandum could be interesting. I was surprised to learn that Sleepy’s shooting % was so effecient.

A stumbling block in such a tactic would be that early foul trouble could hamper playing time for both of the bigs down the stretch if/when needed.

Comment by Dr. Tom 03.02.13 @ 9:40 am

wbb, I’ve felt that playing Adams and Taylor together was something Jamie should do more of. Yes, foul trouble couls quickly derail having of them both in. But, in baskeball you have adjust to the situations. With Adams in with Taylor, you get the athletic defender and shot blocker and a player who can score inside and rebound. You will definately get more second shots inside. Over the last few games it’s become more and more apparent that the Panthers need more of an inside game. My feeling that you can still start the game with Zanna or go back to Zanna and Moore if fouls start to become an issue. The bottom line is that you can’t afford the luxury of keeping one the bench all the time. I liken it to when a coach keeps his best player on the bench at the end of a game, for fear that he will foul out, rather than playing him.

Comment by Justinian 03.02.13 @ 9:56 am

wbb, we have been discussing Taylor and Adams for at least a month, maybe they do read the Blather.

No articles about Villanova till tomorrow, We don’t have to read about Scotty Pippens LOL, and how we’ve never made a final four till then.
You’d think they could be more creative, but that would take actual work.

Nice article though< Taylor deserves all the love for being a team player and coming off the bench, no complaints, no ego. And Jamie superseding his seniors start history.

I am no hater of WVU, unless they are playing us. I have a lot of friends that have gone there and have fond memories of 3-2 beer and respect for their achievements in sports. If you think it's hard to recruit at Pitt…

While I don't condone their poor sportsmanship of late, I am amazed at how far and how fast they have fallen. Unless they were to improve their civility and embrace our fans coming to Morgantown, I don't care if we ever play them again. It will be great to return to Va Tech, where they show you a good time, and treat you with respect and civility.

I hope Pitt Fans show class and welcome all ACC fans to town, treat them right and show them a good time. And of course treat them to a can of whoop-ass on the field.

As for Luck, he can always manage his kid's career and money.

We need to beat Villanova tomorrow to keep the momentum and vibes going, also to avoid the trolls. They need the win more than us, so I expect a good one. It will be Senior morning, so we got that going for us.

Comment by gc 03.02.13 @ 10:28 am

I expect the Villanova game to be a tough one. I just hope the Panthers play well enough to win. The Panthers, for some reason this year, have not played well at home. Tomorrow would be a good time to bring their A-Game. Go Panthers!

GC, about your comment regarding WVU, I feel the same way. I think the move to the Big 12 in retrospect will turn out to be big mistake for them. I’m looking forward to possibly making a trip to Virginia Tech this year.

Comment by Justinian 03.02.13 @ 10:40 am

EMel – thought of you the moment I read the Trib article this morning. We’ve (many of us on Blather) been talking up this solution (Adams/Sleepy together) for a while. It really is Jamie’s only option if he wants to put his best 5 on the court together. Who plays 5/4 to me does not matter. Interchange them if need be but put em both out there…please! Skies the limit if you do!

Comment by Dan 72 03.02.13 @ 10:41 am

I don’t think Dixon really wants to play Adams and Taylor together buts is forced to due to Zanna’s ineffectiveness … hear that Spiritof22? Your faith in Talib is admirable but unrequited.

Come on Complit, are you implying that there is little speed in the B12? What there is little of in the B12 is defense, and it’s been that way for years. Remember 08 when those B12 teams were posting arena numbers, and they all got beat in the bowl games against teams that actually played defense? And who won the B12 this past year …. KSU which had the best defensive team.

Losing Bailey and Austin will be devastating to the Hoopies but I expect their defense to improve, so I don’t see a great drop.

I’m not ready to concede that we will be a lower tier team starting out in the ACC just yet .. but I’m certainly not predicting a BCS team either.

Comment by wbb 03.02.13 @ 10:47 am

I won’t bad mouth WVU. I miss the Brawl.
My point of view is Luck panicked when
Pitt/Cuse announced leaving the BE. Wish
WVU had waited and was now part of the
ACC rather than Louisville. Horgy will leave
As soon as he can get another job in the B12.
As a eesult of all of the above another great
Rivalry has been lost.

Comment by JR 03.02.13 @ 12:21 pm

JR, I completely agree. Too many great college rivalries being tossed under the expansion bus! I still hold out hope that of the 4 mega conferences form, Pitt and WVU will be in the same conference. For those that say they would rather be the same conference as PSU, that will never happen. I loved the BYB and the intensity of fans from BOTH sides. Who will be our rival in the ACC? Most will want to say the U, but I don’t know that game can replace WVU on the “hate” scale.

Comment by HbgFrank 03.02.13 @ 1:06 pm

It was widely reported that Pitt was approached by the B12 a couple of months before agreeing to join the ACC .. I assume due to the TV market. Had BC’s DeFelippo not opposed UConn to the ACC, we may be in WVU’s position.

All in all, the ACC is a better fit even if a little less money, but most certainly less travel issues/costs

Comment by wbb 03.02.13 @ 1:14 pm

what they are saying now is how much better
the catholic 7 or new big east will be better
then the old big east or metro 10 in basketball

i dont see that as being true
old big east before they sell the name
cincinnati
connecticut
memphis
temple

catholic 7
xavier
butler
marquette
georgetown

i would say the 4 top schools are on a even par

the outhers in the catholic 7 have not done much lateley

.
may be in time the cathloic 7 may be better
but so might theold big easti would think houston as a chance to move up in the bb world now
as nova will.

Comment by FRANKCAN 03.02.13 @ 1:27 pm

18 ranked teams in action today.

I’m gonna predict at least 40% of them will lose.
haha

#20 Butler is already walking the plank, VCU is up by 20 about midway thru the 2nd half.

So let the carnage begin. :-)

Comment by EMel 03.02.13 @ 1:33 pm

Other games of note:

L-ville vs Cuse
Marquette vs Notre Dame
Uconn vs Cincy
Portland vs Gonzaga (they could be #1, for first time ever if they win today)
Miami @ Duke
Arizona @ UCLA
North Florida @ Lipscomb (just wanted to type Lipscomb, lol)
Montana @ Montana State (huge game in Helena)
Hoopies @ Kansas (should be a momumental beatdown)

Enjoy !

Comment by EMel 03.02.13 @ 1:43 pm

I hope Jamie does the right thing and gives Sleepy the start at the 4 spot tomorrow. Besides it being his last home game, he has earned the start and Talib, while he should still get some minutes, should no longer be starting.

I actually wish he would have started Dante the last game or even before, because even if he does start him tomorrow it will look like he’s doing it just because its his last home game…but he should be starting him because he has earned it.

I have not been a huge fan of Dante, but his work ethic and great attitude has won me over — and he deserves to be starting now.

Comment by Hank the Tank 03.02.13 @ 1:57 pm

EMel do you think the catholic 7 or new big east will be that mutch better then old big east or metro 10.
at the top of league were it counts.

Comment by FRANKCAN 03.02.13 @ 1:58 pm

Cuse lost….that’s one…now for ND to lose….

Comment by Jackagain 03.02.13 @ 2:09 pm

Marquette’s about to put more points on ND in the 1st half than we did in our whole game. I hope Dixon is watching this game…

Comment by Jackagain 03.02.13 @ 2:43 pm

Looks like Kansas could lay 100 on WVCC today, hopefully they don’t call the dogs off.

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 03.02.13 @ 4:02 pm

Perfect day for Pitt so far…ND, Cuse & UConn have all lost. How all we have to do is take care of business tomorrow.

Pitt is close now to even getting the double bye. UConn only means something in the regular season rankings. I just heard today that the ACC doesn’t even have a regular season champ…dumb.

Comment by Jackagain 03.02.13 @ 4:24 pm

Oliver Luck the West Virginia AD is presiding over the demise of the WVU athletic programs. He felt he needed to show Bill Stewart the door, because he wanted an inovative offensive guy. At least Bill Stewart’s teams could play defense, Holgerson’s can’t. As we saw you can’t out score everyone. I think the move to Big 12 will further erode both the football and the basketball programs. West Virginia was able to attract good basketball players because eastern kids wanted to play in the Big East. I think future recruiting will become more difficult for Bob Huggins.

Comment by Justinian 03.02.13 @ 4:38 pm

Birch is the real deal at the 4.

What could’ve been…

Comment by steve1 03.02.13 @ 4:39 pm

@steve1 – not sure I’m reading the same stats on Birch as you. He had one good game. He’s averaging fewer than 24 minutes per game, has a 2 to 1 turnover to assist ratio. He’s averaging 6.4 reb and 2.5 blocks per game so that’s good but he’s less than 65% from the line. I don’t see where he is that big an improvement over what we’re putting on the floor and, the fact that he’s a me first guy means he’s not a fit for a PITT team.

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Comment by Neil 03.02.13 @ 5:32 pm

Pitt Dad, today at least. Vs. Nevada, NBCSH

Comment by steve1 03.02.13 @ 5:50 pm

Overlooked in the article about playing Sleepy and Adams together was a comment about how well Robinson has played on defense. I second that!
He totally has shut down a number of players this year which is really amazing for a freshman. For all the angst about his shooting and offense, his defense and ballhandling has more than made up for it. We will need him against Nova’s guards tomorrow. Losing on Senior Day is not an option.

See you all in the second half.

Comment by Dan 72 03.02.13 @ 5:58 pm

@Steve 1 – 10 pts, 7 blocks, 6 rebounds against a MWC bottom feeder? Not impressed esp when compared with his season stats. Jamie might have made something of him but I’m not sorry he left.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.02.13 @ 6:25 pm

Steve1, Hey what can you say, Kehm Birch was freshman and he was starting. He would have played center for ONE season! Obvoiusly he was lsitening to wrong people. He wasn’t handed the job right out of the gate, which may have been half the problem. Jamie Dixon makes you earn you playing time. Birch was listing to the shithouse attorneys, his handlers, who felt the Red Sea should have parted for him.

Comment by Justinian 03.02.13 @ 6:51 pm

Pitt Dad, Good comments about Birch. I saw his stats half way through the season and they weren’t any better than Zanna’s. A player’s ego can often be his worst enemy and I can’t see him surviving in a team concept like Pitt’s, if you won’t buy in. He wanted his ass kissed.

Comment by Justinian 03.02.13 @ 7:00 pm

It is set up for us perfectly. We win tomorrow and we should be DePaul, Notre Dame now has a home game with the St. Johns, then has to play at Louisville. We win both, they lose 1 and we get the double bye… I believe us just getting the double bye and even losing a 1st rd. game in the BE. Tourney will still give us a 5 seed and then I’m still betting we have just as good a chance to do something this year as well as in years past…. Again, we are not as good as teams previous to last year, however something tells me this team will respond in the NCAA tourney this year. I think we have a chance to see sweet 16 and possibly elite 8. That’s as good as we’ve ever had it, so keep the faith!

Comment by beanboy 03.02.13 @ 8:16 pm

sorry beat DePaul and just St. Johns… I’m not drinking the kool aid, just not paying enough attention to my posts.

Comment by beanboy 03.02.13 @ 8:18 pm

I just watched the Duke-Miami game. Duke played a good game and held on to win. Wow the athletes on the Maimi team are incredible.

Comment by Justinian 03.02.13 @ 8:30 pm

@HbgFrank
I not offended but I don’t agree either. They have lost their eastern “window” where all if their students and most of their players come from.
Luck hit the panic button and I’m pretty certain knew quickly that he had “effed” up. He is a classic narcissistic CEO.
coaches like Holgersen don’t improve programs, they improve their PR. WVU might have been the worst coached team in 2012. Their defense was simply pitiful and once teams figured out their offense, that too ended up stinking. Look at the lack of production over the last 6 games. No one got hurt either.
Nope, they don’t have the chops and sticking with my R E Lee analogies, they are too far from their supply base. Logistics matter in recruiting too.
Lastly, for all of the criticism I have of Pederson, at least Pitt had a plan. WVUlgar ran out the nearest exit door and left their pants on the bedpost!

Comment by SFPitt 03.02.13 @ 8:56 pm

Pitt Dad, he’s swifter than our current 4s. More athletic.

Comment by steve1 03.02.13 @ 8:59 pm

bad newhttp://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/pitt-big-east/pitt-freshman-center-adams-injures-ankle-in-practice-677597/s

Comment by wbb 03.02.13 @ 9:52 pm

Comment by wbb 03.02.13 @ 9:53 pm

UCLA is taking it to Arizona in the 2nd half. I wonder if Bill Walton is still bitching about Ben Howland’s style of play tonight?

Comment by Justinian 03.02.13 @ 10:27 pm

Looks like it’s Dante time. He can do it.

Comment by panther94 03.02.13 @ 10:52 pm

Oh, and hopefully, the injury is minor.

Comment by panther94 03.02.13 @ 10:53 pm

Dante can play. Let’s hope Adams is ok will be alright for the Big East Tournament.

Comment by Justinian 03.02.13 @ 10:55 pm

#11 Arizona (Hi Sean) lost by 5 on the road to unranked UCLA (hey Ben). Weird year in CBB

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.02.13 @ 11:09 pm

OK, what current Pitt quarterback is Brooks Bollinger talking about in a story appearing in this morning’s Trib Review? If you haven’t read the story, try and guess.

“The ‘It,’ the moxie, whatever you want your quarterback to have, I think he has that,” he said. “He carries himself in that way. The guys kind of want to follow him and are attracted to him.”

Comment by PittofDreams 03.03.13 @ 8:23 am

Any word on how Graham did at the combine?

Comment by Pitt Is IT 03.03.13 @ 8:32 am

Either Chapman or Savage.

Comment by EMel 03.03.13 @ 8:58 am

OH crap I can’t believe Kiwi Steve hurt his ankle.

Sleepy can cover the offense lost, but the huge question can he step up his defense.

Also probably means Zanna plays more, I guess unless you have to use him as the backup center.
Which you would, since Sleepy hasn’t played a large amount of minutes in a game.

It must be a fairly bad injury or you wouldn’t report it… right?

Comment by EMel 03.03.13 @ 9:01 am

EMel do you think the catholic 7 or new big east will be that mutch better then old big east or metro 10.
at the top of league were it counts.

Comment by FRANKCAN 03.02.13 @ 1:58 pm

Think the new BigEast has the names and the big cities covered much better than, “The conference formerly known as The BigEast”

You have Georgetown in DC Metro
St. John’s & Seton Hall in NYC metro
Villanova in Philadelphia
Marquette in Milwaukee
XAvier in Cincinnati
Providence in Providence
Depaul in Chicago
Butler in Indianapolis

As far as the Top 4 in each league, it’s pretty much a wash, but I look at the entirety of a league, from Top to Bottom to measure it’s strength and the new BigEast is going to be very weak at the bottom, with current C-USA bottom feeders SMU, Houston & Tulane.

Which is why Notre Dame would rather play in the new BigEast next year, rather than the league formerly known as the Big East with above mentioned C-USA teams.

Comment by EMel 03.03.13 @ 9:14 am

And I hope the conference formerly known as the BigEast chooses a new name very shortly, as this is very confusing.

Oh Vey !

Comment by EMel 03.03.13 @ 9:16 am

I just hope the ACC stays together somehow, I could’nt stand going through more conference shifting again, worrying where Pitt will end up.

Comment by Moe Greene 03.03.13 @ 9:31 am

Moe, my guess is that the PAC 12, SEC, and Big 10 all will eventually go to at least 16 teams. The remnants of the Big 12 and ACC will form the 4th mega conference. Same 64 teams that are in the current group of 5 power conferences.

Comment by HbgFrank 03.03.13 @ 12:46 pm

@HbgFrank, I hope nothing happens. Second wish would be what you say.

Somehow, that would have to include, Texas, TT, Ok and Okie St going with that Pac12.

That would free up the other schools to merge with ACC for 4th conf.. That wouldn’t be so bad.

However, long term dred, with what many see down the road, is this……..

Big 10 UNC, UVA, Kansas, Kansas St.—–16
SEC Va. Tech and NC.ST—————16
Big12 Clem, FSU, Mia, Ga. Tech Lou Byu–16

PAC12 Stays at 12

ACC Down to Pitt BC Duke Wake Syracuse

With then doing another alignment, becoming on the outs of the Big 64, and cobbling something together with UCONN, USF, Cincy etc. etc.

Hey, nothing we can control, but for those of us that worry about it ( and I mean worry, as in worry in the realm of college football, no real life worrying), this seams like the way it could go.

You could certainly substitue a team here or there. Like Kansas St., Louisville.

I only see two things that can prevent this.

1. Maryland loses lawsuit and has to pay the 50 million. Most peopele seem to think Maryland is going to win this and get it bartered down.

2. Somehow, someway, ESPN finds the money to put the ACC on par with the other conferences, or at least close, wanting to keep thier inventory of college sports for the future.

Thinking selfishly and romantically, I say, ‘why would a team move’?? Just for a little money.

I’ve now put myself in that position, with something I never really put into the equation.

The other conferences are up 5-6 million, or even 2-3 million. Guess I had an epiphany.

That’s up millions, EVERY YEAR. Not a one time hit.

At the end of the fiscal year, your team is up the others several million dollars.

Hard to not take the money when you realize that will be several extra million dollars, at the start of every year.

Lawsuit or ESPN coming up with cash, or I’m afraid Delaney will be going for 16 and we could be on the outside looking in before we ever even got to be “in”.

I still gotta go to work tomorrow, but, as things pertain to this conference crap, that is my humble opinion.

Comment by Dan 03.03.13 @ 10:25 pm

Dan, I can’t say that I disagree with your logic, but if TV is really driving the push to the mega conference, then I don’t see a scenario where the LA market is not a part of that picture. It was the PAC 12 that was the first to try to get to 16. If I’m Texas, the TV market in LA has far more lure than the TV market in Miami. Texas drives the bus, if they decide to go, then TT, OK, and OSU go with them. The Big 10 and SEC only need two teams each. I don’t see the Big 10 going as far south as FLA and I don’t see the SEC taking both FLA state and MIA (Florida would not be happy with either). The Big 10 can have UVA AND GA Tech. The SEC can have VA Tech and FLA St. That leaves Pitt, Syracuse, BC, Va Tech, Miami, NC, NC ST, Duke, WF, Lville, Baylor, TCU, Kansas, K ST, Iowa St, and WVU to form a very respectable FB conference and a really good BB Conference. Where does ND go? Don’t know, maybe this new conference goes to 18.

Comment by HbgFrank 03.03.13 @ 10:42 pm

Forgot Clemson, there ya go, now with ND the “Big ACC 16″ has 18 members.

Comment by HbgFrank 03.03.13 @ 10:46 pm

Actually, I guess either Clemson or Va Tech goes.

Comment by HbgFrank 03.04.13 @ 12:13 am

Oh, you’re right. I forgot about Maryland and Rutgers in the Big Ten. They do allready have 14 and would only need two.

My fault. Totally forgot both.

I just wish someone would say, “that’s it, done”!!

I’m sure there are back door discussions as we speak. I’m sure that fella at the PAC 12 isn’t just sitting idly bye!!

As I would imagine the ACC commish and ESPN aren’t sitting around.

Everyone waiting to see outcome of lawsuit.

Comment by Dan 03.04.13 @ 11:21 am

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