If you’ve been watching ESPN this week, we’re back to round-the-clock coverage of the next round of college conference realignment. It’s the summer of ’10 all over again, just worse as more and more “unnamed sources close to the situation” are being used at the main sources for stories. It’s a ton of back door deals and there’s tons of money at stake. Which is what’s really driving all of this. You and I both know that the glut of cash the flows through college football is why schools are severing ties and affiliations for supposed greener pastures. And by greener, I of course mean richer. Most fans have figured this out already, but what would really drive the truth home and the crystal-clear greed of the nation’s major universities would be a statement from one of the most successfu and trusted coaches in a college sport. Enter Jim Boeheim.
The Syracuse men’s basketball head coach and college basketball hall of fame member Jim Boeheim (wonder if all that is on his business card…) said in a speaking engaement in Alabama. Boeheim is not a fan of Pittsburgh and Syracuse leaving the Big East for the ACC and says he’ll miss the conference tournament at MSG. Totally with him on both counts there. Big East basketball was the best in the land for the past decade plus and usually the most fun to watch. And that tournament in New York… some of the best basketball I’ve ever seen. Let’s not forget the Syracuse-UConn 6 overtime thriller in 2009 and Cuse’s run in 2006 behind Gerry McNamera, and last year’s Huskies becoming the first Big East team to win five games in five days to win the tournament. And then another six straight to take the national title. Away from me being a Big East mark. Boeheim said righy out why he thinks all of this realignment is happening:
“If conference commissioners were the founding fathers of this country, we would have Guatemala, Uruguay and Argentina in the United States,” Boeheim said. “This audience knows why we are doing this. There’s two reasons: Money and football.”
I hate that such an institution in college sports, like the current core of the Big East, is changing jsut because of the greed behind one sport. It’s great for the 100+ student-athletes on the football team. What about the hundreds of others in other sports, including sports no one pays attention to? Screwed again. Bravo for speaking out Coach Boeheim. My respect for you just grew even larger.
You can read the full story and more of Coach Boeheim’s statements over here at ESPN.