Syracuse and Pittsburgh's move to the Atlantic Coast Conference has not only sparked a debate in Central New York on what this might mean to the Football and Basketball teams, but it has the whole country talking about what the domino affect will be as other schools frantically try to figure out where theit future lies.
Uconn's Paul Pasqualoni said today that the Huskies rivalry with Syracuse should be a "big factor" in UConn's decision on whether to try and join the Orange in leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun says he wants Connecticut to become part of the nation's best basketball conference - whatever that will be.
SU Head Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim told ESPN's Andy Katz that the move to the ACC will be hard for him, and that he wouldn't be a Hall of Famer without the Big East Conference.
While many are debating whether or not the Big East Conference will be able to survive conference realignment, many of the ACC athletic directors are feeling much more secure following yesterday's announcement. Maryland's Athletic Director Kevin Anderson is already encouraging further expansion to the ACC. "From a regional standpoint, adding these two high-quality schools will enhance the marketing footprint of the league. Both Pittsburgh and New York City will offer the conference new opportunities to attract fans in all our sports. We look forward to discussions about the future of the league and would encourage a future expansion." Check out what all of the ACC AD's had to say on ESPN's Heather Dinich's blog.
CBSsports.com's Brett McMurphy originally confirmed with sources from the ACC and Big East on Saturday that this move was in the works. When the ACC made it official on Sunday morning it opened the floodgate on what the landscape of college athletics will look like when the dust settles. McMurphy discusses just that with Matt Norlander in this CBSsports.com podcast.