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Some Big East Schools Want Pitt And Syracuse Gone Sooner Rather Than Later
Published September 23, 2011
NOT DIVING IN YET: Navy AD Chet Gladchuk Thursday said that the school "has spoken to the Big East about possible membership, but wants to wait and see how the league solidifies before making any decisions." Gladchuk said that Navy "has not received an invitation, but it was close to an agreement to become a football-only member before Pitt and Syracuse bolted for the ACC." Gladchuk: "I think right now I'd be more comfortable making certain they're comfortable with themselves, and they've got a little bit of work to do." ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson noted Navy has been "hugely successful as an independent, having averaged eight wins in the past 10 seasons, with eight straight bowl appearances." The academy also has "its own bowl affiliations and a television deal with CBS." Gladchuk has "some concern with reports that not all Big East members are fully on-board with the future of the league." UConn is "still looking at a move to the ACC, and Rutgers reportedly has gauged interest with the Big Ten and ACC" (ESPN.com, 9/22). Gladchuk: "Our position isn't one of panic. It's one of evaluation and opportunity. We need to make sure Navy doesn't lose its position as a program that is nationally respected" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 9/23).
SEEKING DOUBLE DIGITS: ORANGEBLOODS.com's Chip Brown cited sources as saying that TCU "may be rising up the list of candidates to become" the 10th school in the Big 12. While BYU "has been the popular thought as a replacement for Texas A&M," a source said that BYU "may no longer be interested in joining the Big 12 because of recent instability" (ORANGLEBLOODS.com, 9/22). TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini Wednesday said that the school "remains dedicated to joining the Big East Conference in July as scheduled" (STAR-TELEGRAM.com, 9/22). ESPN DALLAS' Jeff Caplan wrote the Big East "is in survival mode and, in the irony of ironies, the Big 12 -- the same league that has continually alienated TCU -- can potentially land the death blow to the Frogs' new conference." If the nine-team Big 12 "decides to expand to 12 (the internal debate is either 10 teams or a dozen), Big East members Louisville and Cincinnati are among the reported targets, along with BYU" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 9/22).