The Conference Realignment Puzzle: more pieces fall

Andrew Krammer

The A.C.C. announced Sunday that it has unanimously voted to accept the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University as its 13th and 14th members. This brings the Big East conference down to seven teams when counting their newest installment Texas Christian.

This news comes just after premier Big 12 programs Texas and Oklahoma said they will each meet with their board of regents this Monday to discuss their place among the conference landscape. Both schools have been in contact with multiple conferences and are expected to soon decide the fate of the Big 12.  

The Big 12 has already lost multiple programs: Texas A&M is fighting legal waivers to become the 13th member of the Southeastern Conference, Colorado has already joined the newly formed PAC-12 and Nebraska is the Big 10’s newest member.  

Oklahoma and Texas regents will each meet to discuss “appropriate action regarding athletic conference membership.”

Pittsburgh exits the Big East just after leading the charge to reject a lucrative television contract that would have placed the conference on the same financial plane as the A.C.C. The New York Times reports that Big East officials are “irate” after Pitt jeopardized the conference’s security in both the short term, by leaving, and the long term, by shooting down the contract.

The future of the conference looks unsettling as Big East officials say they did not find out about Pitt and Syracuse’s thoughts of leaving until they heard it from the media. Rumors also place Big East’s West Virginia as the rounding 14th member of the SEC.