Saturday, September 17, 2011

Syracuse-to-ACC is about one thing -- Dolla dolla bills y'all

I was all ready to get back in the blog game this weekend with an epic editorial on why Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” was the most groundbreaking and game-changing music video of my lifetime.
But Syracuse-ACC talk put that on hold. (Don’t worry Britney fans, it’s half written and will be posted soon)
According to multiple sources, Syracuse and Pittsburgh have filed paperwork to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
First off, when you’re talking about SU, this is one man’s decision -- athletic director Daryl Gross. Jim Boeheim was not consulted on this decision. Nor was Doug Marrone.
This is a flat out money grab by Gross, who has been a central New Yorker for a minute and a half.
And this move is 100 percent about money because college football drives the bus. The Big East has been the most dominant conference in college basketball for the past decade, but when it comes to revenue, hoops can’t compete with the pigskin.
It’s not about what’s best for SU, which is what Gross will try to sell us on in the coming weeks. It’s about cash. And being from L.A., I guess we should have expected this from the Doctor.
This move, if it goes down, is a spit in the face of the Big East. Syracuse is a FOUNDING MEMBER of the conference. There’s a hell of lot of history there.
So when the Orange head to the ACC (I just threw up in my mouth a little) you can kiss goodbye any rivalry with Georgetown or UConn. You can forget about playing in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. And adios Big Mondays -- the ACC plays on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Yippee! (No more McDonough, Bilas and Raftery. I’m bitter)
First you hire Greg Robinson, now you take SU to the ACC? Really, Doc Gross? I’m convinced, now more than ever, that Gross was hired by someone at Georgetown to infiltrate Syracuse and take down the institution from the inside. He’s off to a pretty good start.
OK, so maybe Syracuse is jumping the gun and joining up with a mega-conference before it’s left on the outside looking in. (Because seriously, the road we’re headed down, there’s only going to be like 4 conferences left in about 5 years)
But my question is, why the ACC? Sure, the Big East is atrocious at football. But the ACC is no better than the fifth best football conference right now, behind the SEC, Pac-10, Big 12 and Big Ten.
Is the ACC really that much better than the Big East?
Virginia Tech is pretty good, but they choke every season. And Florida State is ranked highly this year, but the ’Noles haven’t been relevant for a decade.
And if the ACC is looking to add strength, why bring in Pitt and Syracuse? It’s not like adding Oklahoma and Texas. These teams were rich in football history at one point, but not lately.
This whole thing makes me sick. And I hope it does the same to the SU alumni.
Syracuse IS the Big East. You take away its conference, you take away its identity.
And remember six years ago when we all scoffed at Boston College, Miami and Va. Tech. We all called them “cowards” for leaving the Big East for the ACC.
Well, nobody likes a hypocrite.
So the venom that comes our way in the next year, it’s all deserved. If Syracuse bolts for the ACC, a conference, in my opinion, with about a tenth of the history of the Big East, then WE ARE cowards.
Gross is too ambitious. Just let things play out -- stop panicking.
Because things are pretty damn good at the moment. The Syracuse football team won its first bowl game in 10 years and is slowly coming back to prominence. And the hoops team is most definitely going to be a top-10 team and a possible national title contender.
Things are good up on the hill.
Why change it up now?
So after Syracuse’s game at USC tonight, let’s hope the Orange leave southern California with a win and without their AD. Stay out on the West Coast, Doc Gross. They love drama out there.
Out here, we love the Big East.


  1. Mark it down: 2011- the year that tradition collapsed at the feet of greed; the year that any semblance of the value of amateur sports disappeared forever; the year that College athletics died.

  2. I'm trying to make an argument with Steve that Georgetown should go if it happens. It will be good for hoops, and the ACC is an established lax conference.
    But it still sucks.

  3. Good post...sums up my thoughts precisely. Not a happy camper this morning...any chance our non-conference schedule will include UConn or GTown?

    Greed is NOT good, Mr. Gekko.

  4. I have yet to hear from a Syracuse fan who supports this idea. I am having a tough time explaining my disappointment with this. Dr. Doom strikes again. Can't wait to watch the ACC tournament in Greensboro, with 50 Syracuse fans in the stands.

  5. Possibly a plus of this whole move: do Tim Higgins and Jim Burr do ACC games?

  6. Ohh the good Doctor, I wish I could think of one decision he made I liked!