ACC Expansion: Syracuse, Pitt Could Leave Big East In 2013

The West Virginia Mountaineers have made it out of the Big East in time for 2012, but the Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange won't be able to do the same. They're staying put, and thus avoiding having to pay a $20 million buyout like WVU's. But even the Big East isn't sold on making them stick around until the bylaw'd 2014 season.

Commissioner John Marinatto said the Big East "might be open to a discussion" on letting the two head to the ACC a year early. That's a change both from what the parties originally agreed to and from what Marinatto had recommended when the news broke and since.

Why the shift? The Big East will add quite a few teams next year, and it could be simpler to make a clean break. Out with the old! Keeping two programs around for one more year while importing [/counts on fingers] almost a half-dozen, with another one or two on the way later, could make for some brow-furrowing scheduling dilemmas. That's what I think, at least.

For more on Cuse football, visit Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician, plus SB Nation New York. For more on Pittsburgh football, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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