“We did it! We’re going to the ACC!”
People often rag on UK fans for joining in the “SEC! SEC! SEC!” chants when it comes to supporting the best football in America, despite our school’s shortcomings in that department. However, all of these Big East Basketball fans have gotten a free pass for far too long. Luckily, the conference realignment fiasco has brought them back to reality — even Syracuse’s coach agrees.
Eamonn Brennan takes a moment to discuss over on ESPN to discuss over on ESPN the recent news that Syracuse was going to be able to pay $7.5 million dollars to leave the Big East one year early. His expectation of nostalgia isn’t surprising. Isn’t this the ‘legendary’ basketball league that was so tough to play in year in and year out? Wasn’t this all football’s fault for ruining the best intra-conference hoops action in the world? Shouldn’t folks be sad that it’s about to disappear?
Apparently not (I know I’m glad to see it go).
Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim coldly remarked last night that the “Big East is not what it used to be.” Well said, Jim. Check out his quotes here for more:
“The Big East is not what it used to be,” said Boeheim, the Orange’s head basketball coach, following the U.S. club’s 80-69 exhibition victory over Brazil on Monday night. “I think the ACC is a tremendous league and it’s a tremendous opportunity for us. To stay in one time zone and play in a great conference — a great all-around conference, but, specifically, a great basketball conference — is a great thing.”
“This was coming,” Boeheim said of the announcement of SU’s jump to the ACC. “We knew it was coming. But it’s good to get it done. We didn’t want to wait another two years. One year is doable. I’m glad things worked out the way they have. It is what it is. We’ll focus completely on the Big East this year, just like we did last year. We’ll try to play the best we can and we’ll let future take care of itself.”
Ol’ Jim sounds pretty damn happy about heading over to the ACC. It seems he has been ready to get there for a long while. I can’t say I disagree — maybe the Big East was great, but the UofL fans who took every opportunity to brag about the conference really put me off of it. It’s hard to appreciate something that is shoved down your throat, even if it is filet mignon (it wasn’t). So farewell Big East basketball. May Wayne Blackshear carry you off into the sunset, or something like that.
But I guess I now know what it feels like to be a football fan from a conference not named the SEC. Although, I think a lot of the southern gents would be much more nostalgic about the passing of the torch to a new conference if the SEC happened to collapse as the Big East has. But that would be never ever happen, considering the dominance of both SEC football and SEC $.