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Bye, Bye Big East
We, at Blackathlete.com, felt this article, which was originally published on March 15, 2013, should be re-posted, especially after ESPN’s 30-for-30 Requiem For The Big East was aired on Sunday night. As always, Blackathlete.com was one of the first sites to report on this story.
And after 34 years, the Big East, as we once knew it, is over.
Madison Square Garden will miss it as well as all of college basketball.
Yes, this sad calamity is a result of conference realignment, which will change the landscape of college athletics forever.
These abrupt changes in school’s geographical locations, in effect, have all of us scrambling to use Google map and MapQuest to find them.
As a result, the mighty Big East has been reduced to the conservative Catholic 7, which consists of St. John’s, Seton Hall, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, and Providence.
Unfortunately, these saintly seven have accounted for only three Final Four appearances in 23 years.
And unbelievably, have only produced one national championship in 27 years, since Patrick Ewing was the god of basketball.
Yes, the old dreams of Patrick Ewing blocking shots against Carolina, Villanova’s “Rollie” Massimino jumping up and down screaming on the bench, Carmelo Anthony’s corn rolls, Ed Pinckney and the Wildcats’ perfect game, Kemba Walker’s awesome five game tournament performance, Mark Jackson’s no-look passes, Syracuse’s Pearl Washington swagger, Chris Mullen’s mullet, John Thompson’s towel, Walter Berry’s greatness, Allen Iverson’s tenacity, Ray Allen’s jump shot, and Looie Carnesecca’s sweaters will have to be replaced with the new possibilities as Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Norte Dame join the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with UNC, Duke, and N.C.State.
Syracuse, in the ACC, is simply sinful.
And Norte Dame and Louisville, in the same conference as the Duke Blue Devils, is so unholy.
Therefore, maybe, the new pope can fix these travesties of tradition.
Sadly, these new dysfunctional conferences are a result of the NCAA’s attempt to create six super conferences and its unsuccessful attempt to provide competition for the football dominance of the SEC.
Yes, if we have to point fingers and blame anyone for busting up the Big East and creating these god-awful divisional divorces and bad basketball break-ups, it would be the billions of dollars and revenues generated by the Saturday evening gladiators, who play college football.
But, as the once powerhouse basketball dribbling conference tries to continue bouncing a seemingly deflating basketball, they will try desperately to place a “little air” in it by adding Xavier, Butler, Creighton, St. Louis and perhaps Dayton in the future.
Despite these additions, however, Syracuse University’s Jim Boehim, who spend 34 years in the Big East said it best, however, “Nothing could have come close to topping what the Big East has been.(And) Nothing ever will.”
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Managing Editor of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at email@example.com