- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Enjoy your long weekend, everybody. We'll be back blogging Tuesday.
Jeff in Atlanta writes: Andrea,The Big East - WVU squabble ended with WVU owing the Big East $20 million, however, doesn't the Big East owe WVU between $8.5 - $10.3 million for the Orange Bowl & NCAA Tournament appearances? Wouldn't this make the amount owed smaller?
Andrea Adelson: You are partially correct. West Virginia will reportedly leave behind its revenue from the Orange Bowl and NCAA tournaments as part of the settlement. So yes, you could technically lop off that amount from the full $20 million and say West Virginia does not owe as much. However, there is a way the Big East would owe West Virginia. Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail has the full breakdown.
Steve in Philly writes: As a Mountaineer fan, I will be moving to the Big 12 blog, but I have many friends who are Rutgers fans so I will be checking in from time to time to see how they stand. I appreciate all of your hard work covering the league. With expansion featuring non-AQ powerhouses Boise State and Houston, do you think Rutgers has a chance to emerge from this round of expansion the way WVU did from the '03 ACC raid?
Adelson: Great question, Steve. I am going to be closely watching Boise State, Rutgers, Louisville and Cincinnati moving forward. I think those four teams have a great opportunity to establish themselves as the perennial Big East favorite. I may have given Rutgers more of a nod had Greg Schiano stayed around. We really do not know how Kyle Flood will do, or how his first staff will come together. This is a team that traditionally doesn't play well when expectations are high. How does Flood manage that going into 2012? The question surrounding Boise is whether it will continue to make Top-10 appearances now that it is in an AQ conference. Cincinnati has won three of the past four Big East titles, but has never been picked to win the league. That shows a disconnect between perception and reality. Louisville has good coaches, and a good team coming back. How does Charlie Strong build on these recruiting classes?
Anthony in Clyde, Ohio, writes: Great blog, I am a Big Ten and Big East fan, and it is a shame at some of the occurrences that have taken place. My question is this, if we make it to the "super conference" stage in college football does the Big East stand a chance? I personally feel that the Big East will be raided by bigger conferences and nothing will be left.
Adelson: Thanks for reading, Anthony. Something will be left. Like Memphis. But I tend to agree with you. It was plain as day in the West Virginia lawsuit against the Big East -- teams like Rutgers, UConn, Cincinnati and Louisville were all making escape plans after Pitt and Syracuse bolted. I think super conferences are an inevitability. I don't have a time frame. But it would be naive to believe the landscape today will look the same way in 20 years. Changing conference affiliation is nothing new. It's only the strange geographical shifts and destruction of rivalries that have made the latest round so much harder to swallow. The next round could feature the split between the "haves" and the "have nots" once and for all.
Andy in Pittsburgh writes: Why isn't Navy joining the Big East in 2013 like everybody else? Why are they waiting until 2015 to join?
Adelson: Navy has TV and scheduling commitments that it wants to follow through on before joining the Big East.
Matt in Syracuse writes: During your chat, you brought up how 'Cuse fans evaluate the move to the ACC. I think losing rivalries and geography are a bit overstated. From a football perspective our only "rivals" were WVU who we had a trophy with. Rutgers and UConn were developing, but not true rivalries yet. On the other hand, we've played Boston College more often in football then any school except Penn State. And top to bottom, the other ACC matchups (Virginia Tech, Miami, FSU) trump other Big East matchups (USF, UL, UC) . Basketball, the biggest losses are Georgetown, UConn, Nova, and St. John's. But Duke and UNC will develop because both teams are elite basketball schools (and this is how the Georgetown rivalry started because both were great at the same time). Rivals can develop beyond geographic proximity, and I think in this case they will. Besides, it's not like we didn't travel in the Big East. Overall, I think it's a huge for Syracuse, and I couldn't be happier for our athletic future. Dr. (Daryl) Gross deserves credit for making this happen.
Adelson: Thanks, Matt. I know there are those who are mixed on the job Gross has done, but moving to the ACC is the biggest, most important move he has made. He did what was best for the school and deserves credit for thinking to the future. Today, the ACC seems to have a more solid foundation moving forward than the Big East.