Morning Cup O' Mud: Conference Realignment Madness Continues


I thought Monday (hell, Saturday and Sunday too) were enough to satisfy our appetite on Big East expansion, conference realignment, or whatever you want to call it. Then yesterday happened.

Throughout this whole ordeal, make sure you stay tuned to our Big East expansion section on the site, where we'll be filing all stories relating to the madness. But to get you quickly caught up, check out the below from yesterday.

Conference Realignment: West Virginia Rejected By ACC, SEC Says No For Now | The Nova Blog
Things started off rather slowly (ha!) with Brett McMurphy reporting that Big East officials were notified that West Virginia was not only rejected by the ACC, but the SEC as well. The latter came as somewhat of a shock to some, until they remembered Missouri is a much better option for the SEC.

Big East Expansion: Football Schools To Meet, Villanova Not Invited | The Nova Blog
The Big East athletic directors from the "football schools" then convened for a meeting Tuesday night in New York. The meeting will be to discuss the future of the conference and all available options for the members schools. Naturally, Villanova was not invited, asked to be invited, and was still told no.

Big East Expansion: Conference Was Close To Adding Navy & Air Force | The Nova Blog
Late in the evening, the biggest shock of the day rocked the country. Apparently, the Big East Conference was close to adding Navy and Air Force before Syracuse and Pitt left for the ACC.

Conference Realignment: Jim Boeheim, Tim Pernetti on WFAN Radio | The Nova Blog
Finally, we bring you Syracuse Orange basketball coach Jim Boeheim and Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti speaking with WFAN's Mike Francesca regarding conference realignment and Big East expansion.

More news on realignment and other Villanova sports after The Jump.

News and notes on the ever-changing college landscape | ESPN
Here are some quick hitters during this crazy week in college sports.

Is it time for non-FBS schools in the Big East to unite? | ESPN
Will the Big East schools without big-time football programs merge with other universities of the same ilk and create a hoops haven? It's not out of the question, says one former college sports power broker.

Villanova interested in Big East-Big 12 football merger | Examiner.com
Pittsburgh and Syracuse are going to the ACC. Rutgers is keeping the lines of communication open with the ACC and Big Ten. Connecticut is aggressively pursuing membership in the ACC. West Virginia may or may not be heading to the SEC, depending on which report you trust.

Villanova Starts Fast at Adam's Cup | Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats
All five Villanova golfers are inside the top-25 in the 95 person field and the Wildcats sit alone in third place at the Adam's Cup of Newport. Villanova shot a 291 (+3) at the par-72, 7,244-yard Newport National Golf Club after the first round in the 54-hole event, which will conclude tomorrow. Villanova is just three shots behind UCF for the tournament lead. The second round got started this afternoon, but was not completed.

Skurla Finishes Inside Top Ten at Newport | Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats
Junior Steve Skurla (Wheaton, Ill.) finished in a tie for 8th at the Adam's Cup of Newport in Newport, R.I. with a 73-70-72--215(-1) at the par-72, 7,244-yard Newport National Course. It is Skurla's first top-ten of the year, after a top-20 at the McLaughlin, in the 95-player field as he was second in the 54-hole event with 38 pars in the three rounds. As a team, the Wildcats finished in a tie for 5th in the 19-team competition with an 871 (+7).

Maroon Named to BIG EAST Honor Roll for Second Consecutive week | Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats
Senior Kim Maroon has been named to the BIG EAST honor roll for the second consecutive week and third time this season, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon.


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