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Big East split official; departing Catholic hoops schools to retain conference name
Commissioner Mike Aresco told The Associated Press on Friday the seven Catholic schools that are leaving to form a basketball-cent Apuestas Breeders Cup ric conference will get the Big East name, along with the opportunity to play their league tournament in Madison Square Garden.
The football members, most of which are newcomers to a conference that has been ravaged by realignment, get a cash haul of roughly $100 million. That group includes just one founding Big East member Connecticut and will have to find a name for what is essentially a new league.
Its been an arduous four months but we got to the right place, Aresco said in a phone interview. I think both conferences have good futures.
Aresco, who will remain commissioner of the football league, would not disclose the financial part of the settlement.
A person familiar with the negotiations told the AP earlier this week that the football schools will receive about $100 million from a $110 million stash the conference had built up during the past two-and-a-half years through exit and entry fees as well as NCAA mens basketball tournament funds.
Aresco said the football schools have not chosen a conference name and there are no favorites yet. We can get on with reinventing ourselves and re-establishing our brand, he said.
He also said they have not determined how the money from the separation agreement will be split among the members. The person familiar with the negotiations said the bulk of the money will go to holdover members Cincinnati, Connecticut and South Florida.
The split with the basketball members as well as a new TV deal with ESPN for the football schools still must be ratified by the school presidents. Aresco said that should come soon and without glitches.
Next up on the agenda for the football schools, Aresco said, is to find a 12th member and venues for future basketball tournaments.
The settlement will bring the Big East back to its origins. When it was formed in 1979, it banded together a group of mostly small, private schools located in and around Northeast cities.
The seven schools breaking away from the football schools include some of the Big Easts founding members and most recognizable teams: Georgetown, St. Johns, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova, Marquette and DePaul. They are expected to sign a television rights deal with Fox, add at least two more schools and have the new league up and running by July.
We are grateful to Commissioner Mike Aresco for spearheading an agreement that truly represents the best path forward for each of our great institutions and the thousands of student-athletes who compete for our schools annually, the presidents of the seven basketball schools said in a joint statement.
The football conference now known as the Big East will consist next season of Connecticut, South Florida, Cincinnati, Temple, Rutgers and Louisville, along with incoming members Memphis, Central Florida, SMU and Houston.
Rutgers and Louisville likely will be playing their last seasons in the conference before switching leagues, to the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference, respectively.
Tulane and East Carolina are scheduled to join the football league in 2014, and Navy comes aboard in 2015. Tulsa is being targeted as the next addition to the conference.
The Big East started playing football in 1991, when it added Miami, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Temple, to go along with Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Boston College. The relationship between the football and basketball wings was always difficult to navigate, but Big East football was good enough to be a given a reserved spot in the Bowl Championship Series in 1998 and that gave the basketball schools access to millions of dollars in revenue they otherwise would not have had.
In 2004, Miami and Virginia Tech were lured from the Big East to the ACC and Boston College (a founding member), followed the next year.
Those defections looked as if they could kill Big East football, but the conference recovered by adding Cincinnati, Louisville and South Florida to rebuild football and DePaul and Marquette to bolster basketball.
That worked for a while. Big East football more than held its own and Big East basketball, both mens and womens, thrived.
But the conference fell apart during the past two seasons. Starting with Syracuse and Pittsburgh announcing in 2011 that they would join the ACC, 16 schools, including Notre Dame, have bailed on the Big East.
Notre Dame plans to join the ACC, but was expected to spend one more season in the Big East. The breakup could lead the Irish to expedite their move.
The Big East seemed to be on its way toward stabilizing this past fall. It hired Aresco, the former CBS executive, and had a plan to build a coast-to-coast football conference with Boise State anchoring a western division.
Then the Big Ten wooed Rutgers away and the ACC came for Louisville and the plan fell apart.
The basketball schools decided to take control of their future, with help from Fox, which will provide them a lucrative TV deal to help fill the networks new all-sports cable channels.
The football schools still will have a basketball league, with Connecticut, Memphis and Cincinnati as the headliners.
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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (8-3) at FLORIDA GATORS (9-2)
Tip-off: Thursday, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Florida -8.5, Total: 137
CFL: CFL Week 3 Betting Breakdown
The first two weeks of the 2010 Canadian Football League season have been dominated by underdogs, as three of the four favorites in each week not only failed to cover the pointspread, but lost outright as well. Another four games are on tap for this weekend. Let’s take a quick look at the lines courtesy of Sportsbook.com, and the key betting info for each contest.
(411) CALGARY at (412) TORONTO 7:30 PM
Line: Calgary by 6, Total: 48.5
Toronto was one of the surprise underdog winners of Week 2, upsetting Winnipeg 36-34, despite being outgained by a whopping 513-321 margin. In two games, the Argonauts have already allowed 1,013 yards of offense to their opponents. Fortunately, for this early week Wednesday contest, they’ll have the benefit of playing in front of the home folks for the first time this season. They’ll also have an extra day of rest over Calgary, with the Stampeders having played just this past Saturday.
Speaking of surprises, Calgary has to be considered a mild one at this point, one of two 2-0 teams in the CFL and leading the league in points allowed at 19.0 PPG. The Stampeders’ most recent win was a 23-22 decision at Hamilton, as they pulled the upset as 2-1/2 point dogs.
This will be the second meeting in three weeks between Calgary and Toronto, with Calgary having won the season opener at home 30-16. Here the Stampeders will be looking for a 7th straight win over the Argonauts (5-1 ATS). Toronto has had all kinds of trouble penetrating Calgary’s defense, averaging just 12.5 PPG during the skid.
(413) WINNIPEG at (414) HAMILTON 7:00 PM
Line: Hamilton by 3.5, Total: 54
Winnipeg is averaging a scintillating 41.5 PPG and 507.5 YPG on offense in its first two contests but unfortunately has just one win to show for it. New quarterback Buck Pierce has been everything head coach Paul LaPolice could ask for in his first two games with the team. Still, the Blue Bombers are stinging from the late loss to Toronto last week, a game in which they were favored by 10-1/2 points. In this divisional tilt, that upset loss leads to a powerful FoxSheets system for Friday’s tilt:
• Play On - Any team (WINNIPEG) - versus division opponents, off an upset loss as a home favorite. (28-8 over the last 5 seasons.) (77.8%, +19.2 units. Rating = 2*)
Hamilton is one of two teams still in search of a first win and has to be concerned that it gave up 502 yards of offense to Pierce and Winnipeg in the season opener. This sets up a nice revenge spot of the Ti-Cats, perhaps negating the earlier system:
• HAMILTON is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) revenging a loss where opponent scored 38 or more points over the last 2 seasons. The average score was HAMILTON 28.2, OPPONENT 23.5 - (Rating = 1*)
Including the 49-29 win two weeks ago at home, Winnipeg is on a 5-2 SU & ATS run in the head-to-head series with Hamilton and the last three games have sailed over the posted total. The StatFox Power Line indicates that Hamilton should be favored by 6 points in this one.
(415) MONTREAL at (416) BRITISH COLUMBIA 10:00 PM
Montreal and British Columbia hook up for a battle of 1-1 teams Friday night in Vancouver. The Alouettes are expected to be a small favorite when the line gets released. Oddsmakers are awaiting the status of Lions’ QB Casey Printers, who left last Saturday’s loss to Saskatchewan with an injury. He is listed as questionable so there’s a good chance he will be able to go.
This will be the first time these teams have met since Montreal hammered B.C. 56-19 in the West Division Final last November. Still, that rout aside, this has been a very close series over the years. In fact, for as good as Montreal was in 2009, the Lions handed the Alouettes one of their three regular season losses last year and swept both meetings against the pointspread.
B.C.’s rushing attack has been the best in the CFL thus far this season in terms of average gain, 8.3 yards per attempt. At the same time, Montreal is allowing a league worst 7.8 yards per rush. In fact, the Alouettes are the league’s worst defense in several categories, including points allowed, yards passing and yards per pass attempt. That is a scary proposition for a team expected to be playing as a road favorite.
(417) EDMONTON at (418) SASKATCHEWAN 4:00 PM
Line: Saskatchewan by 7, Total: 56
Saskatchewan is arguably the league’s best team right now, and they’ll play their second home game of the season in NFL Network’s Game of the Week on Saturday afternoon. The Roughriders are 2-0 on the season, having scored 91 points. Quarterback Darian Durant is arguably the league MVP after the first two games, as he leads a balanced offensive attack gaining a phenomenal 9.1 yards per play, including 9.9 per pass. The hot start is nothing new for the Roughriders:
• SASKATCHEWAN is 40-18 ATS (+20.2 Units) in July games since 1996. The average score was SASKATCHEWAN 27.3, OPPONENT 26.3 - (Rating = 2*)
Edmonton is the league’s biggest disappointment to date having lost both of its games by double-digits. The Eskimos are actually outgaining opponents by 45 YPG but have turned the ball over five times while only forcing one turnover defensively.
This game boasts the highest total of the week, 56 points, but even still, most trends seem to be pointing to a shootout, including…
• SASKATCHEWAN is 73-42 OVER (+26.8 Units) in home games since 1996. The average score was SASKATCHEWAN 28.3, OPPONENT 25.6 - (Rating = 1*)