Sunday, September 01, 2013
I'll put this on the table, just to get it out of the way: I understand it is all about the money. Big time collegiate sports is all about the money, and nothing else. If joining the Chinese Athletic Conference, and having Syracuse play every football game in Beijing guaranteed the University a 10-fold increase in profit, they wouldn't even hesitate to make the move. No doubt about it.
That does not mean I have to like it. I hate the fact that a great basketball conference like the Big East, was forced to expand over the years to accommodate the football schools, and then eventually disbanded when more money was elsewhere. I hate the fact that Syracuse is going to the ACC, and won't be playing schools it regionally should. I hate the fact that Syracuse plays 'home games' in New Jersey, and have the visiting fans outnumber the Syracuse fans 2 to 1.
I understand it is all about the money. But it doesn't have to be. It would be nice to see decisions made on principles (other than principles on how to make money).
I can dream.