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Brett McMurphy's horrible track record

Brett McMurphy from CBS Sports has a track record of being consistently wrong about pretty much everything Big East - whether it's parroting the talking points of disgraced commissioner John Marinatto, or repeating ludicrous lies that Boise State was poised to stay in the Mountain West. McMurphy's latest disaster of an article speculates that the Big East next media deal will be flat. Even though it was already below market value in 2005 once the Big East proved that it wasn't total crap after the first ACC raid. Yes, the Big East lost a ton in basketball - it doesn't matter at all for television revenue, considering the conference is a lot better in football. This article might as well be a press release from ESPN. No, one can never predict who will leave the conference. If the lineup stays the same though, McMurphy will once again to be proven an unquestioning mouthpiece with no willingness at all to vet his biased sources.

Big East/Marinatto lies continue

The above story from Brett McMurphy is just pathetic in the way that the quoted sources are blatantly lying. The Big East would have been fine if everyone would have just gone along with Marinatto's below-market value ESPN deal? That's like saying everything would have been fine if everyone just kept kissing Providence's ass, which is exactly what history's greatest monster, Mike Tranghese, thinks we all should have kept doing. It's 100% true that John Marinatto, inept and bumbling as he was, was merely intended to be a tool for the likes of Providence. How does that make him in anyway a sympathetic figure? He got exactly what he deserved, and so did the Big East for that matter! The guy was given a first and goal and was tackled for a safety. The question becomes though, why did the basketball schools finally dismiss their puppet who so faithfully did their bidding? Maybe because the writing is on the wall, and they knew that a loser like Marinatto wasn't capable of negotiating with the likes of ESPN and NBC Sports. Still, just because they realized the error of that mistake three years too late doesn't mean that they will suddenly go for a man of vision like Tim Pernetti as the next commissioner. The problem with the Big East is the dead weight, and the likes of Providence won't like hearing that they are the problem holding the Big East back. They are not going to go from the single-least qualified person for the job in Marinatto to the single-most qualified candidate in Tim Pernetti. That's not their style, and the only reason that the possibility is even being contemplated today was because jettisoning the feeble Marinatto was so out of character to begin with. No, the same idiots who got us in to this mess will never accept Pernetti as commissioner. With any luck though, he will be in charge of negotiating the next conference television deal, if not finding the next league commissioner. Of course, if they had only listened to him a year ago in expanding aggressively, dumping Marinatto, telling Villanova football to get lost, and taking a hard line with ESPN, then the Big East would be in a position of strength today rather than fighting for its life.

I'll be on "Three Point Stance" with Pete Sonski tonight at 9 pm

I'll be talking Syracuse football with Big East Coast Bias and Leatherheads of the Gridiron writer Pete Sonski tonight. The show starts at 9 pm, and I'll be on around 9:20.

The Big East adding Memphis would be an unmitigated disaster

The Providence media (who else) started leaking these rumors recently, and now Brett McMurphy from CBS, who is close with John Marinatto, is now taking the rumors public? My response? Wait for Tom Luicci to confirm. As we saw with the Villanova rumors, what Providence wants does not always come to pass, because the Big East football teams can choose who they want to play against. Memphis would need 75% of the Big East football teams to agree before they join for football. Memphis, of course, is horrible at football, and has not been anywhere close to respectable over the past few years. The only way this remotely makes sense is if FedEx doubled their initial offer. For now, fans of competitive Big East football just need to hope that the dolts in Providence are trying to force their will on everyone else through the media again, and that the smart athletic directors like Tim Pernetti are trying to hold their ground. Pretty much, let's see what the Rutgers leaks are over the next few days. If Luicci are Sargeant say this is a done deal, THEN we're screwed. until then, there is still a flicker of hope. Update: and McMurphy says it's done.

The Big East's lawsuit against West Virginia

It's not too interesting on the surface, but the main revelation is that the attached bylaws confirm previous media reports that the Big East needs a 75% majority on all votes. Big East football is also treated as a separate entity for football votes.

West Virginia leaving for Big XII

Now the Big East conference is officially in its death throes. It's hard to feel any anger towards West Virginia over the move, just envy. Rutgers, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh led the fight over the summer to drag the Big East kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century. John Marinatto and co. responded by saying, "no thanks, we're good. By the way, you have to add Villanova or else." The Big East made its intentions loud and clear, which is why its basketball conference will soon be nothing more than a glorified Atlantic 10. Football rules college athletics, and any party unable or unwilling to acknowledge that will inevitably be trampled. Now the next domino in the ongoing reshuffling is Notre Dame, which conceivably could go to the Big XII, Big Ten, or ACC. Once they decide, the Big East formally dies, and any remaining Big East football schools learn their ultimate fate. Update: here's Mark Blaudschun talking up Notre Dame joining the ACC for everything but football, and UConn being #16. This scenario does not jibe with the ACC's public comments against federated membership and unequal revenue sharing.

UCF faces tough decision with Big East invitation expected soon

Iliana Limón of the Orlando Sentinel thinks that UCF may not jump immediately at a Big East invite, and she's normally got a pretty good feel for what the UCF admin is thinking.

Temple of Doom

The Louisville Courier-Journal doesn't seem too high on Temple as an expansion candidate.

Rick Pitino says Navy and Air Force will join the Big East

For football only. See the link and scroll down. We really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, need to get out of this conference before it disintegrates. Well, for what it's worth, Navy seems open to the idea.

On the Banks - The Big East's Treachery and Lies

Great piece outlining the dissolving Big East football conference by Rutgers SBN blog.

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