March 30, 2013

JUST ANOTHER REASON BIG TIME COLLEGE SPORTS IS UNWATCHABLE:

Farewell to The Greatest League Ever (Paul Newberry, 3/30/13, AP)

No matter what, there's no denying what the Big East once was -- and still is for another week or so.

The best in the land.

"I wish we weren't playing each other," said Marquette coach Buzz Williams, whose school will be moving on to the new Big East. "Maybe if we were in different regions, maybe we could both continue to play."

Very shortly, it won't matter. All that will be left are memories, tattered clippings and old TV footage.

Thankfully, Boeheim took a moment to reflect on yesterday during his turn at the podium.

"It's remarkable that you could start a league and it could be good right away, like the Big East was," he said wistfully, remembering some of the early stars such as Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin, Pearl Washington and Walter Berry. "It has been an unbelievable 34 years. Over that 34-year period, it's been as good as any league. You can easily make that argument."

Boeheim said he understands why it's happening, even though it really has nothing to do with his sport.

"It was almost inevitable that the football schools would need to get with football schools," he said. "I think it will work for the basketball schools now that they're going to get together, and they will have a really good basketball league. I think that's for the best. I think it will work out, and we have a great challenge going to what will be a tremendous basketball league."

Sorry, Jim, we disagree. There's nothing good about breaking up the Big East.

Maybe there will come a day when we'll at least acknowledge that it was all a big mistake, acknowledge how much we've lost. At that point, of course, it will be far too late to do anything about it.

Thanks for nothing.

It was bad enough when they expanded the field (either every Division 1 team should make it or only conference tourney winners), saturated television with games (anyone remember when an indy network had to purchase rights to Sampson v. Ewing?) and players started leaving after a year (Ewing, for one, played 4, though he was NBA ready at 18), but the constant shuffling of conferences was the final straw.


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