I'm excited about it. I love the city of Pittsburgh and now I have a reason to head up to Syracuse.
I can now hit Rochester, Buffalo, Niagra Falls, Canada, and most importantly, Cooperstown.
When I say Syracuse recruits on the same level as NC State, by that I mean they recruit on the same level, not produce the same quality of NBA players. Over the last 5 yrs Syracuse has drawn in four five star recruits in Harris, Flynnn, Greene, and de Melo. NC State, even with the disarray that program has suffered through, drew the same with Leslie, Harrow, Hickson, and Fells. Pittsburgh under Dixon has not recruited against bigger schools until recently and he should be credited for doing a masterful job molding players that were not highly regarded nationally into NBA prospects.
Recruiting wise Syracuse and Pitt are not in the elite group that competes for the top talent every year and it'll be very difficult for them to ever enter that realm. And while you can win games without NBA players, its pretty much impossible to contend for the title without them.
News right now is the Big East remainents are talking with the Big 12 remains about merging. The Big 10 has been pretty silent during all of this. They've had their eye on Rutgers for awhile and Rutgers is winking back. If the ACC wants them then they better act.
In that span Carolina has 4 FFs and 2 National Titles, Pitt hasn't been to a FF.
SU beat UNC on a "neutral floor" at MSG which is SUs home away from home, that UNC team went to the NIT. duke made it further in the Tourney than all but one BE team.
Carolina humiliated the 2nd best BE team(as far as advancing in the Tourney) in the Sweet 16- does that not count?
Carolina and duke won 2 of the last 3 titles.
if I was living in the 80s I'd believe the BE hype rather than a conf that had a million teams make the tourney but only TWO make it out of the first weekend.
SU and Pitt are clearly not equals w/ Carolina and duke. The last decade has been Pitt's greatest and in that time frame:
Carolina and duke: 4 National Championships, 6 FFs
Pitt & SU: 1 nat'l title, 1 FF
which is better?
SU and Pitt will be programs near the top of the conf but it will still be dominated by UNC & duke on a regular basis.
West Virginia was denied entry to the ACC and the SEC today.