Ask any Syracuse or Pittsburgh fan how they feel about their schools' sudden departure from the Big East for the ACC, and how they respond will probably depend on whether they're thinking with their heads or their hearts.
The potential financial gains and the promise of longterm stability make joining the ACC a prudent decision, but that doesn't make the demolition of the Big East or the sacrifice of its traditional rivalries any less bittersweet.
Syracuse is a founding member of the Big East, a school that has been at the center of more iconic moments in Big East basketball than any other. Pittsburgh is the Big East's newest powerhouse, a program whose trademark physical style epitomizes the league.
Now both of them are leaving for the ACC, a stunning blow to the conference that had been a college basketball power throughout its existence and the nation's best league the past few years. Although some of the rivalries between Syracuse and Georgetown or UConn and between Pittsburgh andRead More »from Syracuse, Pittsburgh leaving rips the heart out of the Big East