things go poorly
After the ACC raid of the Big East in 2003 of Miami and Virginia Tech, the six-remaining football schools met to discuss options for the future of the conference. The minutes from the meeting leaked out a few years ago and the Big East has confirmed them. (I'm shocked that no one in the media has discussed these during all of the expansion talk)
- The Athletic Directors of the six-remaining football members agreed to a split between the football and basketball-only schools and expansion to an 8 or 9 team football conference.
- The Presidents appear to have gotten cold feet about abandoning the five basketball-onlies who would be left out in the cold without an NCAA auto-bid. Notre Dame also supported keeping the conference intact and kept the split vote at 6-6 without a majority.
- The Big East approached Notre Dame and Penn State about membership (SU Chancellor Shaw approached Father Harrington of ND and Graham Spanier of Penn State).
- Of the expansion candidates, everyone supported adding Louisville, was considering Cincinnati and Temple for all sports, and UCF, Army, and Navy for football only. Dismissed Memphis, Marshall, Southern Miss, ECU, UAB, and South Florida (Louisville would eventually get USF in).
- Syracuse AD Jake Crouthamel led off the meeting by saying that if the Big East went to the hybrid 16-team conference he would retire. Jake retired in 2005.
- Father Leahy (BC) indicates he "never felt the Big East had a commitment to excellence and, further it had difficulty in balancing football/basketball issues. If people within the room at some point feel uncomfortable about the direction of the league and, secondly, is presented with an attractive alternative, they would pay the $5M penalty and give the 27-month notice." BC left the Big East shortly thereafter.
The binding contract entered into by the football schools with each other with a penalty of $5 million and 27-month notice for leaving the conference... expires July 1st.
Big Ten and ACC raiding of the Big East may have yet to begin.
The National Pork Board took offense to ThinkGeek.com's canned unicorn meat. So did my daughter, but for entirely different reasons.
I was up to Ann Arbor to see a friend, and I just happened to see this letter blow out of an open window on campus. I was going to return it, but after reading it, I thought you all should know.
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EDIT: DAMMIT! I screwed myself. I have cook on the brain. Coleman!
Main point: The skills one uses to solve problems are the same as those one uses to know whether or not one's solution is correct. In other words, smart people know they're correct and idiots don't know they're being stupid.
So, I love to read and between news, sports, and of course mgoblog, I read whatever book strikes my fancy. But I'm stuck and don't have a book "on deck" like I usually do. So what are the best books you have read? Suggestions? I mostly read fiction, but a well written non-fiction or biography can keep my attention.
CNN has a Q and A up with an editor who compiled a book of rejection letters. In it, he says his favorite rejection letter is from a student who applied to Princeton's "Law School", only to be told that Princeton didn't have a law school.
So, its all very innoculous, but if you look at the pictures (#7), you actually get to see the rejection letter. The address? 1805 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, MI. The guy was a Michigan alum.
He did get into Harvard Law though, so the story isn't all bad.