Here we are. July 1st. Today is the day that Pittsburgh and Syracuse officially leave the Big East and join the ACC. This is a huge day, as both are seeing the Big East wire to wire. They were founding members, and now they’re leaving it as the conference is transformed into the American Athletic Conference. It’s a sad day too for Louisville, as they’re losing two rivals for a year.
Syracuse, it was nice knowing you. Despite squashing Louisville Football 45-26 in the Carrier Dome last year, I’m going to miss getting the opportunity to return the favor at PJCS this season. You guys have a new coach in Darryl Gross, and looks like he’s going to spend his year going up against teams like Clemson, Florida State, and Georgia Tech. And in basketball, I’m certainly going to miss having the ability to extend that 2-game winning streak over the Orange. Although it will be nice to have an extra year of bragging rights with no work involved. Syracuse, I’m gonna miss you and all the Boeheim nose-picking pictures. Well, I might not miss those.
Goodbye Pitt. I have to admit, the rivalry with you guys isn’t as big as the one with Syracuse, but it’s there. Pitt was a football powerhouse. Nine national championships, 49 All-Americans, 1 Heisman winner, 2 conference titles. They aren’t as good as they used to be, but it’s still a good program. After snapping a 4-game losing streak against the Panthers this year, the Cards seemed to be poised to win again this season. Alas, we’ll never know. Pitt Basketball is a different story. After 12 straight 20-win seasons, the Panthers are going to have their work cut out for them as they face new and tough foes like Duke and UNC. It’ll sure be good for the Cards though, as wins in the Petersen Events Center are tough to come by.
And now Louisville will say goodbye to the Big East, a conference they’ve called home since 2005. They’ve certainly not been in the Big East as long as SU and Pitt, but they’ve certainly made it home. And now, the Big East will merge over into the AAC. This definitely bodes well for the Cards in football and basketball, as they’re losing two skilled opponents and replacing them with Memphis (bad at football), UCF, Houston, and SMU. It’ll be a weird year, but the Cards will tough and it out because of the light at the end of the tunnel, where the ACC will be waiting on the other side.
So goodbye for now, Syracuse and Pittsburgh. See you in 2014.