Just as ECU Joins the Big East, seven schools could be leaving

Actually nine if you count UConn and Cincinnati who have been begging to join the ACC.

Talk about bad timing for ECU but this does not look good.

The Big East’s basketball schools – Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and DePaul – have been meeting to discuss leaving the conference and forming a basketball only conference.

The Big East’s new TV deal could be really bad. So bad that Boise State, San Diego State and BYU reportedly have contacted the Mountain West in the event the Big East becomes unstable.

Good read at SI.com saying that the Big East breakup is inevitable.

Should the seven schools officially leave, the Big East will have lost 17 different members since 2005.


First Coaches Poll of the Basketball Season

The First USA Today Coaches Poll for the college basketball season is out.  You’ll notice the link is to an ESPN version.  This is because the USA Today page is turrible.  Hit the jump for details. Continue reading First Coaches Poll of the Basketball Season

Future ACC: Syracuse tops Pittsburgh

The number one team in the country Syracuse, improved its record to 20-0 with a win over ACC Big East rival Pittsburgh 71-63. The win was also number 876 for coach Jim Boeheim, tying him with Adolph Rupp of Kentucky for fourth place all-time in Division I. North Carolina’s Dean Smith is third with 879. Pitt dropped its seventh straight game and is now 0-6 in the conference, 11-9 overall.

One ACC game on tap tonight as Maryland travels to Florida State. There will be a head count after the game to make sure the Terps have all their players in the locker room.

Three ACC teams in the Top 25 this week: Duke at 4, UNC 8, and Virginia is 15.

ACC will have 14 players in the Senior Bowl.  UNC has 4, NC State has 2 players. (ESPN ACC blog)

Just like the men, UNC Women’s hoops also gets woodshed’d on the road. 86-35 loss to UConn, worst loss in school history.


The ACC Shows How It Is Done

After being in Dallas all week, and getting home late last evening, I woke up to this news with great pleasure.  Not only has the ACC locked up a solid two sport university in Pitt, but they added a top 10 basketball program in Syracuse, with a coach who has a history of disliking the ACC.  And they did it in silence.  There were no weeks of speculation about who the ACC was going to nab, other than the Texas chatter, which is not coming from the ACC as far as I can tell.  At the same time, the ACC unanimously voted to increase the buyout to leave the conference by $6mil – $8mil by setting it at $20mil across the board.  That is some serious solidarity right there.

Lots of thoughts after the jump. Continue reading The ACC Shows How It Is Done

Calhoun’s bite remains plenty effective

Craig here (Carlspackler to TSB fans) with some thoughts about Big East legend Jim Calhoun, the much-maligned, often cranky and common target of ire for many college hoops fans. (The latter characteristic being the most confusing for me. I thought people loved Archie Bunker? Sometimes I just think it’s a Confederate/Union thing when discussed in ACC contexts. He is quite the Yankee after all.)

Oh, and I could have chosen to include links to articles on Calhoun’s charity efforts, what he’s done with the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health Center and other such accolades. Really though, what would be the point? We, myself included, often make our minds up about things when we’re 14. And that’s where it stays. So enjoy the accompanying video of Calhoun at his best.

Read more of Craig’s UCONN piece after the jump.

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Saturday Open Thread

nsxmas35cWell, it’s a bit nipply out. I mean nippy out, what did I say, nipple? Huh, there is a nip in the air. Anyway get those leaves raked and the Christmas décor up and ‘Tis the season to be merry b/c it’s going to be a good day of college sports.

 College Basketball:

  •  Kentucky at North Carolina – a must win for the Heels in December? They could use some confidence.
  •  Butler at Duke – Natty rematch? Not hardly.
  •  NC State at Syracuse – State is in need of a quality out of conference win to build a post season resume but Syracuse will be a tough out for a bounce back. After that obliteration the other night the clock is ticking on the easy button.

 College Football:

  •  ACC Championship Game Florida State vs. Virginia Tech. Winner to the orange, loser to chick filet.
  •  The Civil War: Oregon at Oregon State
  •  SEC Championship game -Auburn vs South Carolina
  •  Big 12 Championship game -Nebraska vs Oklahoma

^ Will those championship games have BCS championship implications while Ohio State once again gets the free pass?

 There you have it guys. Sit back, enjoy some eggnog by the fire and comment if you got em.  Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.

Monday Morning Fodder

After a brief hiatus, MMF is back with a vengence.  Hit the jump to read my thoughts on conference expansion the demise of college sports as we know it, Stephen “Jesus” Strasburg, Lebron James, the World Cup and Tom Izzo. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder

The exodus begins – and other news

And so it begins at Kentucky as four freshmen have declared for the NBA draft. As expected, John Wall and Demarcus Cousins, who were expected to be one-and-done guys anyway, made themselves eligible for the draft.

From the not-so-much category are two other Kentucky freshmen, guard Eric Bledsoe and center Daniel Orton. Bledsoe is a quick guard who averaged 11 points while making a mark as a three-point shooter, but declaring for the draft? Really? Orton, meanwhile, was a decent defender but averaged just over 3 points and 3 rebounds a game, or roughly the same as Travis Wear. According to the AP article, “Orton said going against Patterson and Cousins in practice each day helped him believe he could make it in the NBA.” Yeah, right.

But there’s one developing wrinkle – apparently junior forward Patrick Patterson hasn’t officially decided to leave yet, despite UK saying he’s outta here. Yahoo’s The Dagger blog reports that the press release announcing Patterson’s departure came as a shock to Patterson’s mother, who maintains that he has not made a decision yet, but interestingly, UK maintains he has.

With the departure of three seniors, that makes at least seven and possibly eight players leaving the UK program. John Calipari had been telling players at the McDonald’s game that he had 8 players leaving, so I guess he was trying to do some one-stop shopping, since there were an unbelievable seven unsigned players at the game. Kentucky only has one signee and one other commitment at this point, but I’m sure Cal has World Wide Wes on the job. I wonder if this revolving door and soap opera is what Big Blue Nation had in mind when they sold their soul to get this guy. Otherwise, the winningest program in college hoops could find out how life was this season for the second-winningest program in college hoops, but without the national championships in the past five years.

In other college hoops news:

* Kansas’ Xavier Henry became the Jayhawks’ first-ever one-and-done player and will join junior Cole Aldrich in this year’s draft. Losing those two and senior Sherron Collins will test Bill Self’s ability to reload in Lawrence.

* Apparently Wake Forest’s recruits found out that Dino Gaudio had been sacked through Ron Wellman’s press conference. I commented elsewhere that Wellman is an extraordinary AD and that there must be reason to can Gaudio just one season after extending him. The fact that the recruits did not know this was coming means either that it came down quickly or that Wake’s internal security is tighter than the CIA.

* Bob Huggins visited the families of killed and missing miners in that horrific mine disaster in West Virginia on Wednesday, bringing homemade pasta and West Virginia University t-shirts. Huggy’s kids may not have a history of going to class and graduating, but he is a West Virginia guy and this was a classy move on his part.

Monday Morning Fodder

Can someone pinch me when it is time for the NCAAT to actually start?  Wow, what a weekend of basketball.  How many of you have balled up your brackets and thrown them out the window?  Flushed down the toilet?  Wait, no Joe Ovies, not you and your 250 sheets, you do not count.  Well, except for the one in the challenge, which I am currently sitting in fourth place and looking good.  On to the actual sports…. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder

Monday Morning Fodder

After a couple of boring weeks of games in the NFL Playoffs, Championship Sunday finally lived up to the billing.  It took the Colts almost two quarters to figure out the Jets’ defense, but once they did it was all Colts in the AFC Championship game.  As soon as Peyton Manning started throwing the ball like he was Mr. Perfect, the Rex Ryan defense had about a snowball’s chance in hell of stopping him.

Over in the NFC Championship game we got to see Brett Favre give us a performance for the ages.  It was classic Brett Favre all the way.  Make a ton of mistakes, yet still be in position to win the game down the stretch.  The Saints would take this one in overtime, but hats off to the Vikings for fighting off five turnovers in exchange for the lousy one the Saints gave them (your welcome,   Reggie Bush?).  Of course, the Vikes didn’t capitalize on that lone turnover, a muffed punt at the Saints’ ten yard line as the first half was coming to a close.  Instead, they just fumbled it right back to close out the half.

More after the jump. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder