Thursday, June 5, 2008
Au revoir Mikey.
The Russianator's post earlier today did indeed make me happy. The Big East's commissioner Mike Tranghese announced his retirement today. Personally I wish the man all the best. Professionally, I've had more than one issue with some of his decisions.
A few things that have left me scratching my idiotic head:
C'mon in Notre Dame
Here's an idea, let's allow Notre Dame to use the Big East to build up their basketball program and other sports without having to commit to the football conference. Who likes the sound of that? Notre Dame will never jointhe Big East football conference. Why have we kept the parasites that are their other sports on board? What does the Big East gain?
Speaking of Notre Dame
Anyone remember that deal in the '90's that let Notre Dame take the Big East's spot in the Gator Bowl? I do. What did the Big East get out of that? And I can't even fully explain the current Big East bowl agreements. We're tied into "sharing" some bowls with the Big 12 and (guess who) Notre Dame.
The snub of 2007
When Gary Walters announced Syracuse was not one of the best 34 at-large teams in 2007, where was the outcry from our conference's leader? Here's what I heard.
I've beaten this one to death, but 16 teams just doesn't work.
When the Big East was faced with its very own survival on the line thanks to the good old boys from down south, what was our leader's reaction? I remember a lot of "woe is me." Exhibit A your honor:
”They are going to have to factor in the irreparable harm that is going to be caused to the members of my league. Aside from that, and this will sound self-serving, this will be the most disastrous blow to intercollegiate athletics in my lifetime. It’s wrong.” ~ Mike Tranghese, 2003
Tell 'em Rock: