Syracuse coach Boeheim sounds off on conference realignment

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,College,Brian McNally

Let's just say Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim isn't a fan of the recent realignments in NCAA sports. The latest salvo in an ongoing conference poaching war? Rutgers leaving the Big East for the Big Ten this week not long after Maryland ditched 59 years of history in the ACC for the same league.

"Rivalries don't matter to anyone anymore," Boeheim told reporters after Syracuse's win over Princeton on Wednesday.

It's possible Connecticut or Louisville will also leave the Big East and join the ACC to replace the Terps. What once was the country's best basketball league will be completely annihilated with only original members Georgetown, Villanova, St. John's, Seton Hall and Providence left. Those first three all reached the Final Four in 1985. Even Boeheim's Orange are headed for the ACC.

"Maybe they should just have a draft, each conference should just draft teams. ... Except then they'd have to make a decision, and they wouldn't be able to figure it out," Boeheim said, taking a shot at the college presidents and conference commissioners behind the trend. "Eventually, they'll get this thing figured out. ... But I'll be long gone by then."

- Brian McNally

bmcnally@washingtonexaminer.com

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