Big doings in the ACC if you’re already a member. If not, big obstacle – from The Sporting News:
If you haven’t peeped it already here’s an excellent read by our Paul Doyle on why the ACC chose Louisville over UConn.
And folks, it wasn’t all based on the product on the field the last two seasons – not by a long shot.
That much will be clear.
Anyway, I thought the first quote in the story from ACC commissioner John Swofford was very interesting as well as the recruiting section, particularly how Louisville did against UConn from 2005, on the heels of the Huskies first bowl appearance, to 2012.
It’s a good read, an enlightening piece, well done by Paul.
Just released statement from UConn president Susan Herbst regarding today’s turn of events
UConn Athletic Communications – November 28, 2012 – Message From The University of Connecticut
UConn President Susan Herbst
“I know this may seem like a tough moment for our fans, but we need to focus on the fundamentals of academic success across the university and in our athletic program as well. We are winners — we win, we like to win and we will continue to play the best possible opponents. We will be athletically successful, regardless of our conference, because of our successes in NCAA competition. We will keep building our winning record through the lens of a great university, that focuses on academics, not on the fluid and unpredictable nature of conference realignment. Again, I realize this is a difficult day, but when we focus on research, discovery, and student success, we’ll never go wrong.” Continue reading
Just released from the Big East
STATEMENT OF BIG EAST COMMISSIONER MIKE ARESCO
REGARDING DEPARTURE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
We enjoyed having Louisville in the Big East Conference and we wish them well.
The Big East has anticipated the continuing realignment that is reshaping college athletics and has already made important additions as part of our vision for the future. We will continue moving forward to fulfill that vision, which includes a strong national football conference and a strong and storied basketball conference. Big East teams will continue to compete and succeed at the highest level and, as always, will combine athletic and academic excellence. With schools stretching from coast to coast and in many of the top U.S. media markets, the Big East has become a truly national conference with outstanding young men and women competing across a full range of sports.
We are committed to a vibrant and dynamic future for the Big East Conference.
The same deal Notre Dame had with the Big East it now has with the ACC: take our Olympic sports and we’ll pay you back by playing some games against you while remaining an independent with our own TV deal.
This move can very well weaken the Big East’s position at the bargaining table when it comes to negotiating a new TV deal which begins this month.
Here’s the IrishIllustrated.com version of the story