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08:17 AM ET 10.11 | When it came time for the ACC to expand, Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo had some reservations. While Syracuse presented no problem, UConn did -- to BC, which was still fuming over what it perceived to be vitriolic comments made when BC was finally invited to join the ACC and started competing in 2005. ... DeFilippo does not deny that BC opposed the inclusion of UConn. "We didn't want them in," he said. "It was a matter of turf. We wanted to be the New England team." BC officials argued that Pittsburgh, with a stronger tradition in football, as well as a long-established -- though dormant -- rivalry with the Eagles, would be a better fit.

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October 11, 2011  08:20 AM ET

BC is a joke on the gridiron and hardwood.

October 11, 2011  08:38 AM ET

This seems to be the latest mentality. This is like UF not wanting FSU/Miami in their conference or Georgia/Georgia Tech.

OU doesn't mind having Okie Lite in the same conference. Same with Arizona/ASU, Oregon/OSU, Old Miss/MSU, Stanford/Cal, USC/UCLA...and until recently UTx/aTm/Tech/Baylor all from the same neighborhood.

You smart guys enlighten me.

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October 11, 2011  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This seems to be the latest mentality. This is like UF not wanting FSU/Miami in their conference or Georgia/Georgia Tech. OU doesn't mind having Okie Lite in the same conference. Same with Arizona/ASU, Oregon/OSU, Old Miss/MSU, Stanford/Cal, USC/UCLA...and until recently UTx/aTm/Tech/Baylor all from the same neighborhood. You smart guys enlighten me.

Actually, GaTech was a founding member of the SEC. They left in the mid-1960's. Same with Tulane.

And FSU was invited to the SEC during the expansion in the early 1990s.

Personally, I don't want to add any teams in states that the SEC already has a presence. It doesn't add any new TVs and that means money. Clemson still plays USCe each year, FSU still plays UF each year, UGA still plays GaTech each year. So, the games are still played.

I didn't have this opinion in the 1990's, but it has become clear that new TVs and new markets are what keep your conference's checkbook healthy. So, there it is.

October 11, 2011  08:47 AM ET
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Actually, GaTech was a founding member of the SEC. They left in the mid-1960's. Same with Tulane. And FSU was invited to the SEC during the expansion in the early 1990s. Personally, I don't want to add any teams in states that the SEC already has a presence. It doesn't add any new TVs and that means money. Clemson still plays USCe each year, FSU still plays UF each year, UGA still plays GaTech each year. So, the games are still played. I didn't have this opinion in the 1990's, but it has become clear that new TVs and new markets are what keep your conference's checkbook healthy. So, there it is.

I hear ya but it sucks IMHO. Proof again that $$$$$$ is all that matters now and CFB is just like the NFL, NBA.........

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October 11, 2011  09:45 AM ET

Does Calhouns appearance make this the designated pic thread?

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