Honestly, I loathe the Big East so much at this point, today’s news that ECU will join the listing conference was honestly not very welcome news. To be more honest, I kind of fell into the camp of my friend Danny over at Bonesville as expressed in his most recent commentary.
For the most part, my hate for the BE is base in nature…spurn me, you get no love from me. I DO prefer to play the teams that make up the league to the teams that make up the rest of current C-USA. I enjoy the UCF rivalry. Look forward to rekindling the USF and Cincy rivalries. Love the fact that the Pirates will play in Philly (where I live) every other year.
And, am very hopeful that we will feed on more money there than where we are.
But, the likelihood of this conference even surviving to 2014 is 50-50 at best. The ACC is going to gutted, a couple more teams will leave the Big East and the western schools will like recede to their former leagues. We will have CUSA 1.0 again, only without enough teams to be a viable football conference.
Our hoops could have really benefited from connecting to the remnants of the BE hoops schools, but that apparently won’t happen either. I will really miss playing Marshall and USM regularly, too.
I guess the biggest hope is that when all of this conference shifting settles momentarily, we will end up with the best of the rest of the ACC and what is the emerging BE. OR BETTER, if indeed the country gets quartered into 4 big super-conferences, we end up in a southeast or northeast collection of decent schools wherein we can begin rebuilding regional rivalries and allow our 50,000 fans in the stands to expand to 70,000 with games that appeal to both fans and recruits alike.
We all know that this Big East is a short-lived step, so I guess I can agree or learn to be ok with it, but not at the cost of baseball and basketball. Where they end up is just as important.
I blindly trust Coach Holland and expect that his work has already moved beyond today’s news and is squarely focused on positioning for the next move.
If our basketball team to get national attention this season, it will surely help and of course a bowl win helps as well so we have some control of national perception, but to be sure, what is happening behind the scenes really will determine our future.
So, it is the Big East for now and assuming we actually play a game as a Big East member, I will now try to get used to the new logo even though I know that our joining as football only represents the Big East being on life support. That we were not wanted and I am sure our deal will not give us maximum money or exposure. BUT, I will be pulling for them and watching them on whatever channels we end up on.
I remain hopeful that things will work out for our program and am certain our alums and fans will continue to push and push and push for this program to be its absolute best.
I hope Navy stays the course (i know…hate to have to play that machine each year) and that BSU sticks to its plan now, it is the league’s only chance.
Please let me know your thoughts my Pirate friends…this is news we all wanted to hear at one time or another.
Go Pirates Go!