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Thursday, August 6, 2009
Maryland, BC dismiss report of Big East interest

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Lenn Robbins of the New York Post reported on Wednesday that "two sources said the eight-team Big East would consider adding a ninth member by exploring whether there was interest on behalf of Maryland to jump from the ACC, and for Boston College to rejoin the league."

First of all, as Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow pointed out, there are no names associated with the statement. Yow said in an e-mail that no one from the Big East has contacted Maryland, nor does she expect to hear from anyone. It's a non-story, as far as Maryland's AD is concerned.

The same can be said for BC's athletic director.

It seems unlikely that Gene DeFilippo would be welcomed back with a hug and a smile after leaving the Big East for the ACC and angering some of his former colleagues during the process. Forget past history, though -- DeFilippo has no interest in going back, nor did he even hear about this until a reporter called him to ask about it.

"Nobody from the Big East contacted me," DeFilippo told ESPN.com. "As long as there is an Atlantic Coast Conference, BC will be in it."

A greater possibility of any restructuring would be after 2015, if the ACC would decide to realign the conference divisions. But as far as Maryland and BC joining the Big East? It's exactly what Yow said it is -- a non-story.