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IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum: ADs Discuss Lack Of Trust Amid Realignment
Published December 6, 2012
EASIER SAID THAN DONE: UConn AD Warde Manuel said that for schools considering a move, it is not easy to have those discussions in private, knowing the rumors that surface over those talks could hurt negotiations. UConn is one school that has been mentioned as a candidate to move from the Big East to another league, possibly the ACC. He said, “The complications are the discussions we have at the Big East, different conference meetings with presidents and commissioners. The Big East has done a lot of great things for us and we've done a lot of great things for the Big East, but the landscape has changed. So I wouldn't be doing my due diligence if I didn't continue to look at what else is going (on) around me as it relates to what's to the benefit of Connecticut." He added there are a lot of "side conversations, rumors, innuendo, what's happening out there, what's going to happen." Manuel: "You just have to get through all that and concentrate on being better."
-- Alden, on the school moving to the SEC: "When you transfer to a new neighborhood, you have to learn who your neighbors are. We know over the course of the next several decades it will be a tremendous move. We weren't relevant in Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa-St. Pete. Our footprint went from 45 million households in the Big 12 to 89 million overnight. To expose Missouri to a broader audience has been a driving factor in all of this."
-- Michigan State AD Mark Hollis, on Big Ten realignment: "Nebraska involved a dating process before we got married. With Rutgers and Maryland, we got married and now we're trying to figure out how to live under the same roof."
-- Yow, on realignment: "If the money were the same, nobody would be switching (conferences). It's all about the money."
-- Yow, on the feeling of isolation that Maryland felt being on the outskirts of the ACC: "One time coach (Gary) Williams said, ‘Up here in Alaska,' as a way to refer to the ACC. When (I) was at Maryland we used to call the ACC the All Carolina Conference. You always feel that way when your headquarters are in another state."
-- Manuel, on traditions lost by realignment: "There's a lot of concern among the fan base that the things that 'I grew up knowing and loving are changing in front of me and it's going to have a negative impact on me.'"
-- Yow, on traditions: "There will be some pain as anybody changes conferences. ... There's no appreciation for the history of that particular school. Maryland played Duke in men's basketball. Tens of thousands of alums are familiar with that tremendous rivalry, and it died.”