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Louisville: Big East Escapee, or Trigger Man?

Oh, because it sounds like “East” but also means “worst.” Very clever, internet.

In case you’ve missed reading any sort of basketball news over the last week (and it’s finals time, so I suppose we can move past that), you’ll know that the Big East is essentially disintegrating before our very eyes.

Louisville, as you’ll remember, recently announced that they’d be moving from the Big East to the ACC, where they can go from getting beat up by teams we just dislike, to getting beat up by teams we genuinely loathe.  It’s no big feat to take note of the fact that Louisville pulled out literally just in time (zing).  Any later, and UConn could have snatched up that ACC spot and left the Cards in the crumbling Inception-based Limbo that is the Big East.

It’s worth asking though: did Louisville escape the Big East collapse, or cause it?

Several teams had left the conference over the last couple years.  West Virginia started the power plays with a move to the Big 12 that left everybody confused.  Not just because the Big 12 no longer has 12 teams, and that’s freaking confusing, but also because Morgantown is about a forty-day ride in the truck from any Big 12 campus, making away-game ticket sales and interstate musket commerce that much more complicated.  After WVU absconded with the Big East’s best coon-skin cap collection, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Pitt all jumped ship to the safe havens of the Big Ten and ACC, respectively.  Heck, TCU stopped by, stepped in the door, and left without even taking his coat off.  Must’ve forgotten something at home in Texas.  All this left a few people, like Rick Pitino, pretty upset, but the Big East decided to stick it out and see what they could make of things.

That is, until this week.

After all of the heartbreak of the last two years, the seven catholic (aka “basketball only”) schools stuck around.  But if the Big East couldn’t even keep Louisville, well then, there wasn’t much hope for the rest of the after-school gang.  So while Rick Pitino can go on and on about how much he likes the Big East, it very well might have been his school’s boots on the pavement that sounded the death knell for America’s worst Big Six conference.

Who’s to say for sure what’s what in the escape vs. instigated debate.  The timing, though conspicuous, could be just coincidental.  But you have to wonder, in light of all that’s happened to the poor, old Big East: Did Louisville put it out of its misery?  If so, at least that’s one thing we can give them credit for.  Now maybe we can give that BCS bid to somebody who deserves it.  I think a second SEC automatic qualifier sounds about right, don’t you?  Say, one each for the East and West?  Let’s try to make that happen.

Also, Georgetown is a Catholic school?  Huh.  I, um… learned something today.

Article written by Corey Nichols

36 Comments for Louisville: Big East Escapee, or Trigger Man?



  1. wilDCat
    9:12 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Georgetown is a Catholic university indeed, in fact, it is the oldest Catholic university in the United States. The more you know(TM).



  2. HicksPickSix
    9:13 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    List of Other Facts Corey Didn’t Know:

    1. The University of Kentucky is in Lexington, KY
    2. Kentucky Sports Radio is “University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible”
    3. The University of Louisville and The University of Kentucky are two separate entitites.



  3. HicksPickSix
    9:15 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    *entities. How Corey of me.



  4. CheckYoFacts
    9:18 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    There is no West and East in the SEC. Doh!



  5. BobKYCats
    9:20 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    While it can be argued that Louisville leaving was the straw that broke the camel’s back, I think this would’ve happened regardless, because the schools themselves said that bringing in Tulane was the last straw.



  6. Chris
    9:31 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Corey has to be the worst poster this site has ever had:
    1.) Syracuse and Pitt were invited to the ACC BEFORE WVU was invited to the Big 12.
    2.) “Getting beat up by teams”??? 2 conference championships and an 8 game win streak over Syracuse (arguably the best team in the conference) in what once was the best basketball conference in America begs to differ.
    3.) You’re an idiot.



  7. Mr. T's Mohawk
    9:32 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    #4 There is for football.



  8. Local state of mind
    9:39 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Pretty sure G-Town is Southern Baptist. Also what’s this crap I’ve been hearing about Miami in the ACC? Thought they were MAC? They get Big Ben and think they’re big time?



  9. Local state of mind
    9:41 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    And what’s so bad about Tulane? That’s a solid school.



  10. brain
    9:41 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    UL is not important enough to cause the collapse of the BE>They were a afterthought compared to SY, GT, UCONN, and ST.John etc.



  11. Cincinnati
    9:43 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Can we please join the SEC, B1G, ACC, or Big 12? Heck, how about we make it the PAC 13?



  12. Bring Back BTI
    9:45 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    I said it yesterday, and I’ll say it again today: The KSR writers are absolutely horrible. The inaccuracies run abound in this particular post, and apparently KSR is now Corey’s playground for new vocabulary words that he has recently learnt.



  13. Rick Bozich
    9:49 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Top ten reasons UK is so worried about this move:

    10. We will be in the national spotlight playing Duke/UNC/NCST in basketball and Miami/FSU/Clemson. Who cares about UK.
    9. Our stadium will mostly likely expand seating for all the people wanting to see ACC games.
    8. We will have East Coast recruiting on lock.
    7. Is anyone talking about Stoops with all the buzz about HCCS/ACC?
    6. UK fans for months laughed at the idea of Louisville to the ACC…jokes on you!
    5. SEC has been trying to get UNC and Duke for years…the longer they keep trying the more people realize people don’t want to play in places like: Alabama, O’le Miss, Dirty South in general.
    4. Will UK fans be able to stay away from Louisville vs. Duke games at the YUM! Ya’ll know you wanna see that!
    3. Lil bro making you look like an ole man.
    2. UofL doing more with less.
    1. Tom Jurich>Barnfart



  14. blah blah blah
    10:02 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    just an awful post



  15. Dr. Tom
    10:02 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Wonder what Cal and his staff thought about Aaron Gordon walking off the court at the end of the game last night and not shaking hands with the opposing team??



  16. LOL @ 13
    10:04 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    10. Not jealous of NC State or the three listed below that. We already play either UNC or Duke most years.
    9. Good for you
    8. Because the ACC sounds more eastern than the Big East? Because UNC and Duke are west of Louisville? Logic?
    7. You tell me what HCCS is, and I’ll tell you. Henry Clay is in Lexington.
    6. We’re still laughing because realignment isn’t over.
    5. And Louisville would have rejected a hypothetical SEC offer?
    4. You’re correct. A Louisville loss is the next best thing to a UK win.
    3. Only if you look at the lower part of Rupp.
    2. As long as we keep doing more than you.
    1. In weight? Look at you using those fancy math symbols. Looks like the math dept at UofLOL hasn’t quite failed you completely.



  17. BigBlueAces
    10:09 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    16….Awesome…..



  18. YewReallySuck
    10:12 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    #16 Bragging on the 14th best team in the $EC Football ????
    BRILLIANT!!!!
    Go check the air in the tires inder your home….and for GAWDS sake release that CoonHound from that chain under the Z-28 on blocks!!



  19. LOL @ 18
    10:19 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Please go back and count the number of football mentions in that post. Perhaps reading comprehension has not taken the same step forward at u of l.



  20. Big Blue Coming at You
    10:20 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t give UL any credit. The Big East was dead once the realignments started. It’s all about football and the big east was the worst BCS conference. They were going to get dissolved eventually. UL has been looking for a home for about the past 6 months. Maybe even longer. They’ll be looking for another home again or get left out once the ACC is dissolved in the next year or two. Couldn’t happen to a bigger bunch of douche bags.



  21. 1catmantoo
    10:21 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Was told yesterday by a Trinity insider that Hatcher and Quick would sign with UK if Dawkins is also offered. OFFER THE KID. Not only can he play, but we get Hatcher and Quick. This should be a no-brainer and would set the tone that UK can recruit Louisville.



  22. MANIA
    10:23 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    19 – Why respond? You know nothing.

    Who gave Corey his crayons and why are all these smrfs on our nuss..?

    Worry about your BBall team’s SOS… write something about that.



  23. NotLivingInTrailer
    10:32 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    #19 Realignment of the BCS Conferences is ALL about FOOTBALL moron….better watch out,WKU may be taking Yew Kays place in the $EC..not to worry!! Yew Kay would be mid pack in the SunBelt!!Stoops MAY be able to compete in the SunBelt and it is a heck of lot better than the $EC in Basketball!



  24. MANIA
    10:34 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    23 – They won’t understand what you’re saying. They already forgot they hired Stoops’ Little Bruda!



  25. TrinityDad
    10:35 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    #21 A guy you picked up in the John is not really a “Trinity Insider” The kid bleeds RED. We have as much chance of signing Quick as Stoops does of winning an NC here at Kentucky next year.
    PLEASE stop making us all look silly…..



  26. brain
    10:38 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Somebody needs to start a site for these lost UL douches so they’ll have something to do besides troll our sites.



  27. I Say
    10:43 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    The SEC is not split into the East and West anymore



  28. Steve
    10:47 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Georgetown is Catholic in name only. Given the law school and their graduates.



  29. MANIA
    10:52 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    26 – Get off our nuss and we won’t need come over and tell you stop….



  30. Keep Rock
    11:59 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    #27 I’m pretty sure the SEC championship just played was UGA out of the East against BAMA out of the West.



  31. Keep Rock
    12:01 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    #29Looks like you would worry about UL and getting my nuss off your chin.



  32. Homey
    12:02 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    23 – UK is a charter member of the SEC and will not be leaving, nor will the SEC force them to leave. On the other hand, UL left a dead conference for a dying conference. As soon as Maryland shows the other ACC schools how to get out of the $50M exit fee, the ACC will collapse.



  33. Keep Rock
    12:59 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    #32 you are 100% right about UK and the SEC. UK will never leave because they would have to walk away from millions. I do think the SEC is bad for UK though. Let’s be honest we are a BB school who hopes to have a good football team. I’m as big a football fan as anyone but it will never pass up football, never. Basketball is a after thought to the SEC and other then FLA no one else takes football serious.
    If we went to the ACC our football program would stand a fighting chance. Sorry to hurt UL fans feeling but UL football and UK are separated bt a slim margin. Nether program has had any luck at passing the other for any length of time. I was at every home game during the Couch years I know how CWS can rock when we have something to get behind. I just think it would be in UK benefit to go to the ACC. We would lose a lot of money but we stand a better shot at competing.



  34. Big Bear
    2:10 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Terrible Post. The problems with the Big East have been going on for 20+ years. Basically a split conference with divided values and loyalties. It could not stand the weight of a 2 tier membership. In fact the only thing holding it together was money.

    The thought that I come away with is Jurich is amazing. He took his school up a broken ladder into a much better conference via the Big East. Not too long ago UL competed in Conference USA. Does anybody think the ACC would have pulled UL out of Conference USA? You have to give it to Tommy Turtleneck; brilliant strategic move! When we had CM Newton, I thought we had the best and perhaps then we did. I think you are really seeing a magician now.



  35. UKBlue
    5:46 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    This move would have happened no matter what.

    As soon as the Maryland buyout is negotiated, the main ACC schools are jumping, and UL is right back in the mess they just left.



  36. Big Bear
    8:46 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    The ACC won’t go under. There may be some movement but I don’t think conferences will grow past 14 to 16 teams. There will be some cherry picking for sure but growth beyond 14 – 16 teams. Bigger conferences means less money to the members and makes it tougher to manage and schedule.