Saturday, December 27, 2008
Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News discusses how both the ACC and Big East Conferences are still out for respect this bowl season. Some interesting points made in the article:
- "...the ACC and Big East can't shake the fact they are the only two major conferences that have never placed an at-large team into the BCS during its 11-year history."
"At least the Big East is 6-4 in BCS bowl games. The ACC, which raided Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College from the Big East in 2003, is 1-9 in BCS bowl games and has dropped eight straight since Florida State won the 1999 national championship."
"A major reason the ACC expanded was to create a conference championship game. This month's ACC championship game in Tampa drew 27,360 fans in actual attendance, well below the 53,927 tickets that were sold and distributed."
"(Greg) Schiano said getting a second BCS berth for the Big East would be a milestone, but adds the conference is unique since it has only eight members."
- "The Big East is 14-9 against the ACC in the past three years."
The issue of an unlikely at-large BCS bid should be another reason for Big East expansion. As mentioned in a previous post on this blog, Memphis could be a viable addition to the conference. Dissenters may argue that expansion has not helped the ACC get an at-large BCS bid. I would counter that by noting that the Big East has been playing higher quality football, and with the opportunity to bring more teams into the fold, the conference could essentially do more with more teams, than the ACC. Anyway, that's a debate for another time and place, and I can assure you that I will be posting quite a bit on potential expansion of the conference. For now, check out some more links:
- "Miami Mitch" and a majority of Bleacher Report contributors pick WVU to upend UNC in the Meineke Car Care Bowl
- Now that a new era of Syracuse University football is upon us, Danny Carberry gives us his top five choices for Orange entrance music at the Carrier Dome should a change be made
- Rutgers is getting a dose of southern hospitality ahead of the Papajohns.com Bowl
- Look for the Scarlet Knights to air it out against NC State
- Doug Marrone continues to clean house in Syracuse
- Pitt settles into El Paso (scout.com)
- Dave Hickman of the Charleston Gazette-Mail looks back on the "Pat White Era"
- UCONN O-Coordinator to Towson is official
- Sean Keeley over at Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician gives us the inside scoop on a convo between fired SU Head Coach Greg Robinson, and recently hired Doug Marrone