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Jim Boeheim Agrees with UK Fans…The Big East is a Has-Been

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 $.

Article written by Chris Thomas

18 Comments for Jim Boeheim Agrees with UK Fans…The Big East is a Has-Been

  1. Tom
    9:37 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    First maybe?

  2. SEC
    9:39 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Except that SEC Football actually deserved the acclaim. Big East basketball was never as good as they claimed it was otherwise the past 6 NCAA champions would have come out of it.

  3. maddogmitchell
    9:41 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Well, duh, it’s not like he is gonna say the Big East is still the best conference in America after it is just announced that Syracuse is being allowed to leave the for the ACC a year sooner.

  4. Dear UL and IU fans, We are national champions; you are not. The end.
    9:45 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    U of L ruins everything it touches.

  5. B Howard
    9:53 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Funny how you mention the Big East Conference was “shoved down your throat” by the UL fans. Are you kidding? Yeah, some probably did. However, I have heard many UK fans “shove” things down the throats of other people (especially since your golden boy Cal arrived). That’s why its almost comical for you to take pleasure in this when UK fans trash talk as bad as anyone. Come on!

  6. blueaville
    9:56 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    #2 you are correct that the BE hasn’t been as good as advertised lately. It was really good around ’08,’09. But I somewhat disagree with the fact that if they were as good as they claimed they would have won the past 6 titles. Unlike football….college basketball teams are not placed into a championship game based on ratings like they are in football.

    However the BE is gonna be different now. I was talking with 3 UL fans today and they were pretty down on the conference. I actually told them it would be better than they thought.

  7. B Howard
    9:57 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Hey #2, why have UK fans ALWAYS said the Big East is never as good as they claimed but you certainly say the SEC is the best football team. First of all, the champion is crowned in a very different way in football and basketball so its somewhat hard to compare that. Second, Big East basketball has been the best the last several years. Why is it always the “never as good as they think” from UK fans. Just give credit where it is due. Why is that so difficult for a UK fan??? I gave credit to UK for having a great basketball team this year (yes, I am a UL fan). Its really not that difficult to give credit when it is deserved. Try it sometime. It shows you have common sense.

  8. B Howard
    10:00 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    That should read the “SEC is the best football conference, not team”. Just thought I would clarify for you blue folks.

  9. tyson
    10:14 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    we should have left for the ACC too. much better basketball conference and we might have won a few conference games each year in football. maybe.

  10. serdi
    10:51 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    There are now 14 schools in the SEC and only 5 in the eastern time zone. Boeheim’s statement about being in a conference in the same time zone is significant. Unless the next and last two schools that come into the league are Virginia Tech and NC State that would make it at least 7 of the 16 in the eastern time zone, it makes it more difficult for UK. Now that tradition has gone out the window (I wish we were still with the charter 10)I think we would be better in the ACC for basketball, football, and everything else.

  11. in this i believe
    10:55 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    I posted statistics from Bigleadsports website done in Feb 2011by a writer, who’s name I got to look up again, that compiled all the teams and their seeding by conference compared their performance to the historical performance of those particular seedings in the NCAA tournament. The big east was dead last. I think they had 29 teams in the tournament over the number of years in the comparison. Those teams were projected to win 49 games if they met what past teams had done with the same seed. They won 43, 6 less. The SEC, I think had 16 teams projected to win 18.5 games (I think) and won 19. Something. The Big Ten or the ACC were tops. Big east was last by substantial number. SEC was in the middle. Charles Barkley tried to tell ya.

  12. John Ellis
    10:59 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Boeheim is as guilty in the Syracuse sex scandal as Paterno was at Penn State, perhaps more so. The man should be removed and the program shut down – child molestation, drugs, academic scandal, totally out of control. I don’t like any ‘news’ of him which implies that everything is normal there. He’s presided over a disastrous and long term disgrace. Kentucky has had some problems over the years but they were dealt with and moved beyond. This has not been.

  13. B Howard
    11:27 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    If SEC schools played the Big East in football more often, you’d see a lot more losses and a lot fewer championships. Imagine every team having to play UL (if we settled for the most over-rated conference in football) every year — we’d knock out at least one SEC contender every year. We wouldn’t. Win the conference every year, but we’d be at the top consistently

  14. maddogmitchell
    12:10 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    #13 Are you being facetious or smoking crack? Just wondering…

  15. Rae
    1:44 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    7. For a while, the Big East deserved it. The tip top still does decently, but the middle of the pack isn’t as competitive as ESPN likes to think. They were talking of letting Seton Hall into the tourney. I think a couple of Big East spots could be given to mid majors, and it wouldn’t make too much of a difference, since the later rounds aren’t exactly dominated by the Big East anyway. They get the most teams in and still don’t do much better than other conferences by the time you get to the Elite Eight.

  16. Will S
    9:14 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    Big East is DONE! The ACC is back, especially when Pittsburgh and company join in 2014.

  17. haha
    9:19 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    Nice UofL post guys.

  18. process information?
    2:27 pm July 18, 2012 Permalink

    Politicians and some posters don’t seem to deal in data supported results.
    The big east is the worst NAAC tournament performers period. Point blank………
    Who the hell in the SEC, Big 12 or any body of consistant acheivement against top level competition has u of l ever beaten or competed against? Petrino, u of ls’ Devil/Moses had a losing bowl game record. Losing to Mac and other smaller leaque teams. Come on to the SEC and then talk.
    Your Moses, after a few years at Arkansas, acknowledged the weekly beating in the SEC, wears on everybody.