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Ding Dong, The Conference is Pretty Much Dead; Pitt and Syracuse Applying to ACC

Since there has already been so much written about the draconian effects of Pittsburgh and Syracuse trying to leave the Big East for the ACC, there is very little new information I can provide.  I think Georgetown fans have long accepted that football will determine the future of conference realignment, and despite Georgetown's 2-0 start in the daunting Patriot League, we bring nothing to the table.  It is a fact: in collegiate amateur athletics, money is king (side note: read The Shame of College Sports at some point in your life).  Here is what others are saying:

Big East official: Pitt, Syracuse "likely gone" -
"There is no scenario where a president applies to a league and isn't admitted," a Big East official told

WVU football: Big East commissioner navigating latest news  - Sports - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports -
Marinatto said there is no conference rule to force a member to notify the commissioner it has applied to another conference. "Out of courtesy, I'm sure they would, but there is no protocol," he said.

Syracuse and Pitt Reportedly In Talks With the ACC - Big East Coast Bias
If the move occurs, the Big East is dead. There's no other way to spin it. Pittsburgh and Syracuse have been bedrock members of the conference and it would likely mean the crumbling of the Big East and the soaking up of more valuable members by other conference hoping to also expand. It's virtually impossible to lay out all of the possible paths expansion could take. Regardless, we could be looking at the death of the Big East in a matter of weeks. 

Pitt, Syracuse apply to join ACC ranks, source says - ESPN
If Syracuse and Pittsburgh decide to leave the Big East, it could lead to another dramatic shuffle in college athletics. Texas A&M has announced its intention to join the Southeastern Conference, leaving the future of the Big 12 in doubt.

ACC Expansion: Syracuse, Pitt 'Likely Gone,' Says Big East Official -
And when it's all done and there are four SUPERCONFERENCES, some of the teams in the newly formed conferences won't be happy about it and will want to break off. College sports will never have the same leagues together for two consecutive seasons ever again. 

Panthers and Orange On Their Way to the ACC? - Cardiac Hill
I wholeheartedly think that this is the right move should an offer from the ACC come to Pittsburgh. Pitt is in top-25 media market, one of the top public universities in the nation, has a football program on the rise, and a top-notch basketball team while remaining solid in non-revenue sports. The ACC will give Pitt a chance to rekindle old rivalries with Miami, Virginia Tech, and Boston College, as well as form new ones with nearby schools like Maryland and Virginia.

Syracuse, Pitt Apply For ACC Membership According To Reports - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
My first thought when I heard this was, "West Virginia must be way farther along with the SEC than everyone thinks." While I think Pitt and Syracuse could have made this decision without knowing that, something tells me the impending departure of West Virginia (or at least the obvious truth that Oliver Luck and WVU want to leave) was impetus here. The biggest winner of all if this happens? Boston College. They get two Northeastern runnin' buddies, both of whom are rivals, in an instant. They're no longer 'that one ACC team all the way up there." At the end of the day, if this happens, the Big East has no one to blame but themselves. Too many years waiting on the sidelines and too many missed opportunities to solidify the league.

Conference Realignment: Syracuse, Pitt Apply For Membership To ACC - BC Interruption
I sincerely hope that schools like North Carolina and Duke are on board with the additions of Syracuse and Pittsburgh. This is a slam dunk for the conference, and Syracuse and Pitt should be added with or without Texas and a possible 16th school

Pitt, Syracuse Apply for ACC Membership; Big East Dead - Team Speed Kills
This also exponentially increases the chances that West Virginia joins the SEC, in two ways. First of all, an increased buyout probably takes Florida State, Virginia Tech and N.C. State, among others, off the table. Secondly, it makes it more likely that the Mountaineers reach out to the SEC for membership as the 14tg team -- satisfying Mike Slive and the presidents' requirement that teams approach the SEC, not the other way around.