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Old 01-31-2010, 11:40 PM   #1
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Default Pitt fans, how do you feel about possibly joining the Big Ten?

http://buckeyebanter.com/2010/01/31/...-join-big-ten/

Eh, mixed on this.

Pros:

Pitt-Penn State rivalry is FINALLY renewed
Big Ten gets a conference championship game (I'm assuming at Lucas Oil Stadium)
Pitt adds tradition and the academics aren't bad either
Football team is decent and the Basketball team has become a power as of late.
I get to see my Boilermakers and Buckeyes from a decent distance from my house.
PRIMANTI'S FOR ALL!

Cons:

Not a good fit rivalry wise, as Pitt would have only one in the conference EX: TOSU-Pitt=You guys vs. the Brownies from 2004 to December 10, 2009.
No disrespect to Panther fans, but Missouri and ND would have been a better fit
TOSU-Meatchicken rivalry could possibly be tarnished a bit.

Thoughts?
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: Pitt fans, how do you feel about possibly joining the Big Ten?

Pitt>>>Mizzou in my book. But ND is the natural call here. Asked and answered already, I know, but it's worth revisiting. If they pass, then Pitt is it, IMO. I like it, and I don't mind the conference championship game either.

However, if I had my way, I'd dump Indiana and Illinois, add ND and keep it at 10.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:07 PM   #3
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Default Re: Pitt fans, how do you feel about possibly joining the Big Ten?

Not a huge fan of the idea, from an "all sports" perspective, the Basketball in the Big East is huge. Football wise the only pro I see is the Rivalry with PSU starting again, but that could happen regardless if PSU would man up and take the game as a 1 on 1. But they won't.

ND Should be forced to join the Big East in Football since they play every other sport in the Big East.

Oh, and Someone Please Take Rutgers!!!!!!!
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Default Re: Pitt fans, how do you feel about possibly joining the Big Ten?

I dont like the idea really but if Pitt were to move to the Big ten i would say in basketball they would dominate in that conference because i think its safe to say everyone will kinda agree Big East Basketball > Big Ten Basketball.....thats just how it is, its more competitive and there teams have always done better in the tournament.

Pitt has always had success in the Big East in the last 10 years so tranferring over to big ten shouldnt be much of a challenge......basketball wise anyway.
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Old 02-01-2010, 02:42 PM   #5
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Default Re: Pitt fans, how do you feel about possibly joining the Big Ten?

Giving the big 10 a conference championship in football is reason enough to make adding anyone a good idea.
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Default Re: Pitt fans, how do you feel about possibly joining the Big Ten?

I'm pretty torn about the whole thing. I mean, they'd be playing better schools and we would have the Penn State rival back. Then again, we lose the Back yard brawl, and what about basketball? We are one of the best in basketball and football in the Big East and we make it what it is. If we do move, I feel that Pitt plays at a competitive level where we could fit right in.
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Default Re: Pitt fans, how do you feel about possibly joining the Big Ten?

i heard they not doing this no more.
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Default Re: Pitt fans, how do you feel about possibly joining the Big Ten?

It doesn't even look like it was in the works to begin with...

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com...n-big-ten.html

Looks like it's 12-18 months before they even decide to add another school.
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Default Re: Pitt fans, how do you feel about possibly joining the Big Ten?

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I dont like the idea really but if Pitt were to move to the Big ten i would say in basketball they would dominate in that conference because i think its safe to say everyone will kinda agree Big East Basketball > Big Ten Basketball.....thats just how it is, its more competitive and there teams have always done better in the tournament.

Pitt has always had success in the Big East in the last 10 years so tranferring over to big ten shouldnt be much of a challenge......basketball wise anyway.
Disagree

Big Ten Basketball has been pretty damn good over the past couple of years. You got Michigan St., Ohio St., Purdue, Illinois Wisconsin all in like this gridlock to challenge for the Big Ten title. All but Purdue have made the NCAA final four within the last decade.

Pitt wouldn't dominate IMO, they'd just be another dog in the fight for the league title.
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Default Re: Pitt fans, how do you feel about possibly joining the Big Ten?

Pitt Basketball would Suffer in the Big 10 because right now, being in the Big East they are able to recruit New York City very heavily with games being played annually at MSG and the Tourney being in MSG. That's a huge thing for PITT at this point. If Pitt moved to the 10, they'd lose the balance of power in recruiting the eastern cities and would have to focus more on the Central Cities. That would hurt the basketball program in the long run. Those NY Kids loving "coming home" come tourney time.

Football, I think Pitt football would compete with most of the Big 10 teams. Probably be able to beat Michigan since Dave W has basically built his team to destroy the West Virginia Spread. Would probably struggle with Ohio State and pull off a win ever 3 years or so, most likely at Hienz and not at the Shoe. Pitt already gets ND now annually so that's a big game, and they did add Big 10 teams like Iowa and Mich State to their slate in recent years, as well as a few years ago when they played Nebraska and another Big 12 school in a home and home, think it was Texas A&M.

Now Pitt is focussing its Out of Conference games into the ACC and bringing back the Pitt vs Miami game, and the Pitt vs Va Tech game, which made for some exciting Thursday night games at time.

I'd like to see more games against the SEC for Pitt, would love for them to play Ole Miss or Auburn, maybe take an away game against Florida or LSU too. I'd love to see that happen. But they don't really benefit from "jumping" to the Big 10 that much. They need to keep the focus of their recruiting in PA, and then work the East and Southeastern Coast for recruits. There is no point trying to recruit in Ohio against the Buckeyes or Recruit in MIchigan against them.

PSU Just needs to accept the game with PITT and not one fan would talk about joining the 10. We just want PSU back on the schedule. We play big 10 teams, they play Big East teams, it only makes sense that we play each other, but Joe Pa won't sign off on a Home and Home. That's a fact.
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