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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim offers his thoughts on realignment

Nov 22, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Just when many thought that realignment was on a hiatus of sorts the Big Ten struck, grabbing Maryland and Rutgers to move to 14 members. There hasn’t been a shortage of opinions on the matter, and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim offered his thoughts on the matter following the Orange’s 73-53 win over Princeton on Wednesday night.

“Rivalries don’t matter to anyone anymore,” Boeheim said according to the Associated Press. “If you ask someone at West Virginia if they like going to Texas Tech or Texas and all those places, ask their fans whether they really like that. Maybe they do. I don’t know. I don’t get it. It’s just the way it’s going. There’s nothing you can do about it.

“Like I said, if these guys [conference commissioners] were running the United States in colonial times, Brazil and Argentina would be states because they have something we need. It’s a great country.”

One rivalry that could very well fall by the wayside as a result of realignment is the series between Syracuse and Georgetown, one of the rivalries that helped turn a league created by the late Dave Gavitt to give the better programs of the Northeast a home into a juggernaut.

Whether it was Pearl Washington and Patrick Ewing getting into it during the 1985 Big East Tournament semifinals or any other moment fans of the two teams cherish, Georgetown/Syracuse was one of those game you marked on the calendar if you grew up watching the Big East.

There’s a chance that could be gone thanks to realignment but that’s no different from the fact that Kansas and Missouri won’t play each other this season, and neither will Texas and Texas A&M. Cash rules everything around college athletics these days, and until the industry is no longer a money maker that will likely remain the case.

“Maybe they should just have a draft, each conference should just draft teams … except then they’d have to make a decision and they wouldn’t be able to figure it out,” said Boeheim. “Eventually, they’ll get this thing figured out. They’ll get all the teams moved and then in a year or two someone will say `We need to take somebody,’ … But I’ll be long gone by then.”

With the ACC now at an odd number of all-sports members many expect John Swofford and the presidents he represents to make a move in the near future. And the Big East will need to make a move of its own to counter the departure of Rutgers (and any other school that may depart). Will those moves be the end of all this movement? Probably not.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. vanmorrissey - Nov 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    And his point is what? Unless he can come up with a better way for schools to make ends meet and get out of the deficits they’re in, all these coaches, all these media members, all these talking heads can just shut up unless they have the answer. Many schools, including his own, are moving to what gives them the best advantage to stay afloat and ward off the instability of the future. These moves are at least making the schools a bit more guaranteed of a future where they know what kind of money will be coming in since right now they don’t. Unless he has a better idea it will continue to happen and he has no further to look than in his own mirror. Deal with it, life in the 21st century.

  2. critter69 - Nov 23, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    ““If you ask someone at West Virginia if they like going to Texas Tech or Texas and all those places, ask their fans whether they really like that.”

    Mr. Boeheim?

    Have you done a poll, asking your school’s fan if they like travelling to Miami, Tallahassee or Boston? If not, why not? If you did, what was their response? And did they want to go to Milwaukee or Louisville more than Tallahassee or Boston or Blacksburg?

    • critter69 - Nov 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM


      I presume Syracuse has more than a single fan. Although it’s possible Syracuse does have only a single fan.

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