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Friday, September 14, 2012
3-point shot: Big East-ND ripple effect

By Andy Katz

1. Former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said that the departure of Notre Dame basketball to the ACC is “more of a perception hit than anything. It has no effect on Big East football." Tranghese said he wasn’t surprised, saying that he told the rest of the league for quite a while that if the Irish could find a conference home, they would leave. The only schools that might be bothered by Notre Dame’s departure are the Big East's non-football schools, “who enjoyed that rivalry."

2. The Big East might not be clamoring for a Notre Dame replacement to go to 18 teams. Associate league commissioner Tom Odjakjian, who handles the scheduling, said that 17 is definitely an easier number to schedule. Scheduling 17 teams means that the Big East would have more flexibility if the league were to go to 18 games in 2013-14, with each team playing every other at least once, and two teams twice. If the Big East went to 18 games with 18 teams, there would only be one team that each team played twice. That’s why Big East was discussing 20 league games, to create more inventory for the league during its television negotiations. Odjakjian has no say on expansion -- he’s looking at this strictly from scheduling.

3. I’m not sure I’ve talked to a coach this summer who is as optimistic as Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton. Hamilton said he loves that the Seminoles aren’t being billed as a lock for a deep NCAA tournament run. But he said this team is more balanced, deeper and has the potential to be even more productive on the offensive end than FSU's previous few teams. He said he loves that the Seminoles continue to be overlooked by the teams in the Triangle.