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SBD/June 11, 2014/Colleges
Syracuse, Georgetown Renew Hoops Rivalry With Four-Year, Home-And-Home Series
Published June 11, 2014
OTHER RIVALIES SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: YAHOO SPORTS' Jeff Eisenberg wrote the rebirth of the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry is "fantastic news for a sport that has suffered greatly during realignment because so many of the football- and TV revenue-driven decisions came at the expense of basketball tradition." That the schools avoided a "longterm hiatus is a testament to the forward thinking of coaches and administrators at both schools." Eisenberg: "They understood the national appeal of the rivalry, they appreciated that fans on both sides wanted it to continue and they found a way to put aside any resentment over realignment issues and make it happen." Renewing this rivalry should be a "lesson to coaches and administrators across the country who are letting petty disagreements get in the way of what's good for their programs, what's good for their fans and what's good for the sport" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 6/10). CBSSPORTS.com's Gary Parrish wrote measuring devices suggest casual college basketball fans "don't get too emotionally invested until January, if not later." However, that "doesn't mean the sport can't do better, and one way to do better is to create compelling non-league matchups that'll force people to pay attention." Parrish: "Syracuse-Georgetown is a perfect example. ... This is a great thing. Salute to the schools for making it happen" (CBSSPORTS.com, 6/10).