TheRoundUp 9/20: No conference expansion stories edition

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Commissioner Says Big East Won’t Be Undermined by Defections - NYTimes.com
Marinatto said in a telephone interview that he planned to hold Syracuse and Pittsburgh to their 27-month contractual exit obligations, meaning that they would not be able to leave the Big East until June 2014.

Michael Tranghese, Jack Swarbrick, John Marinatto Sound Off
Tranghese said the biggest problem is college presidents lack integrity. "College athletics is controlled by football and controlled by money," he said. "I don’t blame conference commissioners, I don’t blame schools, we have presidents supposedly in charge but we’ve lost all sense of loyalty, all sense of fairness, all sense of integrity, it is absolute chaos. It is [conferences] getting bigger when they are doing very well and don’t need to get bigger. There is no one in charge."

With Big East Dissolving, UConn's Best Option Would Be Invitation From ACC - Courant.com
Herbst is a graduate of Duke who came to UConn from the University System of Georgia, so she knows the ACC well. But right now the ACC is in the driver's seat, not UConn, and a UConn source said a resolution likely will not happen soon.

Big East, Big 12 talking possible merger, sources say - ESPN
Big East and Big 12 conference and school officials have been exploring ways to merge their embattled leagues, but talks have centered on an arrangement in which what's left of the Big East schools would blend into the Big 12, and not vice-versa, multiple Big 12 sources told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.

ACC Expansion: Don't Assume Rutgers, UConn Will Join League
While the school does help the conference dominate even more of the Eastern seaboard, it doesn't bring the television markets that Rutgers does. Multiple Big East programs could make arguments for owning the New York television market, including Connecticut, Rutgers, and Syracuse, but Rutgers' closer proximity to the No. 1 television market gives it a bit of an advantage. Connecticut might come along for the ride simply because no better option is out there -- not to say Connecticut is a bad option -- but that's exactly why the ACC will be content to sit and wait to see what other options there are.

Boeheim thinks UConn and possibly Rutgers will follow Syracuse to ACC | al.com
"I think UConn will be in the ACC, if I had to guess," Boeheim said today during a speech at the Monday Morning Quarterback Club in Birmingham. "I think Rutgers could be. I think some people are thinking of leaving. ... Why would Florida State want to go to the SEC when you're in the ACC and you win banners? Doesn't make sense."

Big East news and notes - Big East Blog - ESPN
The Huskies might be 1-2, but coach Paul Pasqualoni says his team is improving while it continues to adjust to a new offensive and defensive scheme. "My outlook is positive," he said. "I think we had a chance Friday night to have a big night offensively and we just couldn't get the ball to the open receiver. We have to grow up and totally understand the concepts. Part of this thing, not many people view Vanderbilt as a good football team. Vanderbilt is a good football team, Iowa State is a good football team." Indeed, both teams are 3-0.

No. 2 Huskies Ready For Ranked Showdown At No. 18 Boston College - University of Connecticut Official Athletics Site
The No. 2/2 UConn men's soccer team will take its perfect 6-0 record to Newton Campus Field in Newton, Mass. tomorrow for a match against the No. 18 Eagles of Boston College (5-1-0). The game begins at 7:00 p.m. Fans can listen to the game live on 91.7 fm or at WHUS.org. Fans can also follow the game via GameTracker at UConnhuskies.com.

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