While the Syracuse Orange are going to take their talents to the ACC and the St. John’s Red Storm are starting a new league with the Catholic Seven, all is not lost for the battle of New York’s two teams. The programs announced Wednesday they will play a home-and-home series starting for the 2013-14 season and at least lasting until the following year.
Both programs’ head coaches were thrilled with the decisions to keep the battle for New York going. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement:
“The rivalry with St. John’s has been one of the strongest for our program.”
St. John’s coach Steve Lavin added:
“The Johnnies and Cuse rivalry is now more than a century old and deserves to continue.”
The series between the two date all the way back to 1912. To lose such a yearly match-up between two of college basketball‘s historically best programs would be a sad state of affairs. The decision to keep the series going has been in the works but it’s interesting that this announcement comes on the heels of Big East commissioner Mike Aresco recently stating that he would like to keep traditional Big East rivalries going after the Catholic Seven leave, but none of the teams left in his broken conference will actually have any tradition. However, two “real” Big East teams will continue their own rivalry after they both depart for greener pastures.
St. John’s and Syracuse only have one more Big East game against each other left, February 10th, but the series will continue in a non-conference series for two more years.
Somewhere, early this morning, Aresco is stirring coffee after adding sugar and his own tears.
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