The Big East's announcement that it would enforce its 27-month rule against the Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers, preventing the schools from leaving until 2014, might not be going over so well with certain member schools.
The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy reports some of the conference's approximately 11,000 basketball programs may prefer to rid themselves of Pitt and Cuse earlier than 2014. Really don't get why this conference doesn't just split itself according to sport. Nobody else gets it either. Thanks for listening.
The schools doing the exiting tend to agree. Here's Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim -- the fact that he's not all that happy about leaving the Big East makes it even more poignant:
"The Big East needs to move on," he said. "The Big East needs to be worrying about who they're adding and what they're going to do. If they can get a couple of teams, why would they say to those two teams, 'Well, no, you can't come in right now. We're going to hold Syracuse to two more years.' That doesn't make any sense at all.