Syracuse Orange Look to Keep Rivalry Alive Despite Leaving Big East Conference

By Joseph Nardone
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

We are a a few weeks into the offseason and there has been no Jim Boeheim retirement rumors (thank goodness). Even without Boeheim-related retirement gossip-mongering, the Syracuse Orange have still been able to keep the time between seasons relatively newsworthy.

With the Orange leaving the Big East Conference for the ACC, many feared that a slew of historical rivalries would go the way of the dinosaurs. Well, if our favorite grumpy coach and his athletic director — as well as other ADs — have anything to say about it, some traditional Big East games will go on despite Syracuse’s departure.

While not formally announced as of yet, an agreement has been reached in principle for the Orange to take on the Villanova Wildcats in a 1-1-1 series.

This is actually better than expected news. Boeheim originally spoke about having just a one and one series with the Wildcats. Now it is expected that the teams will each have a home game, while another third game would be held somewhere in the great state of New York on a neutral court (No, Uncle Jim. MSG is not neutral).

It’s not that surprising of news, since Boeheim has made it clear that he is already longing for the days in the Big East — you know, without actually leaving the league for his new home of the ACC yet. No details as to how many years this would go on for, or if this is a one-year agreement, has been released as of this moment.


Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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