Today on “As the Conferences Turn,” we found out that Maryland and Rutgers will be moving to the Big Ten, further shuffling the conference realignment landscape.
Not surprisingly, Rick Pitino had a few things to say about it during his press conference this afternoon. Pitino told reporters that Maryland’s move caught him off-guard, but that if the ACC is looking for a new member, they shouldn’t look any further than the scenic smokestacks of UofL’s campus:
“If I’m the ACC, I’d want Louisville to be the first school I’d even think about.”
“I haven’t come across a school like this in long time with so much to offer and so little interest; the SEC, ACC, and Big Ten should be after us. … To me, Louisville is a hidden gem in college athletics.”
Some of the teams the ACC is rumored to be considering include Louisville, Connecticut, South Florida and Cincinnati. While Pitino said that he was “all in” for the Big East, he conceded there are other sports (football) to consider and hopes that the matter is settled quickly. In fact, he compared it to…
“We’ve got to figure out who wants in, who wants out. Get your divorce papers ready or make this marriage work.”
Sigh. Just stay away from those comparisons, Rick.