Thank you, Jamie Dixon, for pointing out there is more to college sports than just football. It may be a foreign concept in our football-driven area, but some schools actually have great basketball programs and would prefer to stay in their current leagues.
They don't need the Big Ten.
Specifically, I'm talking about Pitt and Syracuse, two powerhouse basketball programs which got that way by being in the nation's best hoops league, the Big East.
It's a shame sports fans in central Pennsylvania have never had a great local basketball program to root for.
But don't underestimate how passionate basketball fans are at places like Pitt and Syracuse, where longtime rivalries with Georgetown, UConn, St. John's and others cannot be replaced. Pitt ultimately may be swayed by the Big Ten's money, but as Dixon said, it would be a mistake.
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