That goes away after March 9. Fittingly, the last SU conference game is against Georgetown, for it was their seething rivalry that helped to build the original Big East brand. In that very first season, 1979-80, John Thompson, Manley Field House, closed, you know the rest.
If there’s any justice, SU, even in its new ACC version, will find a way, each December, to reunite with the Big East titans they had to leave behind. It would generate interest, ticket sales and excitement at a time usually reserved for mismatches. It would also have the side benefit of keeping the Orange tough for the bigger stuff ahead.
College basketball is getting more difficult to recognize and follow. In its rush to the future, all of the powers-that-be would be wise to acknowledge the gifts of the past that gave us so many reasons to cheer in the first place.