Tuesday, March 6, 2012
3-point shot: Big changes in the Big East
By Andy Katz
1. Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade said Temple needs to honor its one-year exit agreement with the league, just like the Big East has demanded its teams must stay to fulfill their commitments (although the conference a $20 million buyout from West Virginia). McGlade said Temple would owe one million dollars for leaving with a year's notice, and two million if departing before two. Of course, Temple could pulls its football program out of the MAC and keep basketball and others out of the A-10 for a year. The Big East is more desperate for a football team for the fall of 2012 than it is for hoops.
2. This is West Virginia's final Big East tournament. Syracuse and Pitt are probably playing in one more in 2013. Memphis, UCF, Houston, SMU and who knows, maybe Temple, will be in the Big East tournament in 2014. “It sickens me to be quite honest," said Hall of Fame coach and former Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr. “It’s not healthy to lose the rivalries. It’s not what the philosophy of this league was formed.’’
3. Marquette associate coach Tony Benford will be in play for the Southern Illinois coaching job and could also be at SMU if that job opens. Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua will likely be on the list at Rhode Island. Late Monday, the game saw one of the classiest coaches retire when Charlie Coles decided to step down from Miami of Ohio.