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University of Houston students pass referendum for higher fees. This along with money already...

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University of Houston students pass referendum for higher fees. This along with money already raised, will start construction of a new football stadium. Demoltion of the old one will probably start in December.

Rick Pitino was, in my mind, a heroic figure when he went to Kentucky, given all the sanctions...

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Rick Pitino was, in my mind, a heroic figure when he went to Kentucky, given all the sanctions against Kentucky and all of that, and he won so quickly, and as conceited as he is and was — I always really liked him, he’s a Long Island boy and I was used to all that stuff — I don’t think he’s anywhere near that now. It almost looks like this second act at Louisville, it’s almost, not sad, because he wins a lot, but he doesn’t win championships, there’s something deflating about it, and almost deflating about him. This quote is from Tony Kornheiser and it was said before Louisville went and lost by 31 on the road to a bad Providence team missing its second leading scorer. Clearly something is wrong. Tip of the cap to Eric Crawford of the Louisville Courier-Journal for capturing the quote here.

Houston takes steps toward a new stadium

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Houston takes steps toward a new stadium

New Stadium

"I have resigned my position at Pitt in the best interest of my family to pursue the head coaching...

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"I have resigned my position at Pitt in the best interest of my family to pursue the head coaching position at Arizona State. Coaching there has always been a dream of ours and we have family there. The timing of the circumstances have prohibited from telling you this directly. I now am on my way to Tempe to continue those discussions. God Bless. Coach Graham." This is the text message that Todd Graham sent to his director of football operations to forward to his players to inform him of his decision to leave Pittsburgh for Arizona State. The text was acquired and posted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review here.

Thanks to the people of the Big East for the grand welcome in Times Square to the Houston...

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Thanks to the people of the Big East for the grand welcome in Times Square to the Houston Cougars. I hope and believe you will find us to be valuable contributors.

The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. I am personally...

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The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged. I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse.

Jim Boeheim on the latest on the Bernie Fine allegations and the school's decision to terminate Fine in light of a recording of Fine's wife that seems to indicate she was aware of Fine's sexual abuse of a minor.

If you don't know it by now, know this: Houston Cougar basketball will be competitive. A...

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If you don't know it by now, know this: Houston Cougar basketball will be competitive. A young team, loaded with talent, went to Arkansas and beat them by 9. UH is now 3 wins and no losses. A top 10 recruiting class is coming.

We had a very productive meeting and were able to discuss the great progress we have made in the...

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We had a very productive meeting and were able to discuss the great progress we have made in the last few weeks regarding conference realignment. Our Presidents voted unanimously to extend invitations to specific institutions, including both football-only and all-sport members to join the BIG EAST Conference. I will be speaking to representatives of those schools shortly and look forward to announcing with them their acceptance into the BIG EAST. The addition of these members will extend our reach, bring us to exciting new markets, strengthen our status within the BCS, and lay the foundation for possible further expansion, all while maintaining the high quality and standards our Conference is known for. In light of the lawsuit filed by West Virginia yesterday, the Presidents also discussed and confirmed our continuing commitment to enforce the Conference’s 27-month notification period for schools choosing to leave. The Conference believes these claims to be wholly without merit and will explore all its legal options to protect its interests and to ensure that West Virginia lives up to its obligations.

Statement from Big East Commissioner John Marinatto after today's meeting of Big East presidents and chancellors.

We are disappointed that West Virginia has adopted this strategy and cannot imagine why it believes...

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We are disappointed that West Virginia has adopted this strategy and cannot imagine why it believes it does not have to respect and honor the bylaws it agreed to as a member of the Big East. Based on an initial review of the lawsuit, it is clear that the allegations and claims in it are false and inaccurate. Certainly there is nothing in it that would justify WVU’s not fulfilling its obligations. To put it simply, a contract is a contract. Once we have reviewed the filing, we will explore all our legal options and will act vigorously to ensure that WVU lives up to all its obligations to our conference. In the meantime, this lawsuit will not interfere in any way with our ongoing efforts to strengthen and expand the Big East.

Big East Commissioner John Marinatto on the lawsuit filed today by West Virginia in an effort to escape the 27-month waiting period required by Big East bylaws.

"We always keep our television partners close to us,’’ (DeFilippo) said. "You don’t get extra money...

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"We always keep our television partners close to us,’’ (DeFilippo) said. "You don’t get extra money for basketball. It’s 85 percent football money. TV - ESPN - is the one who told us what to do. This was football; it had nothing to do with basketball.’’

It's not really fair to the Big East to watch ESPN orchestrate its death in concert with the ACC. But that's where we are. Is there any doubt that ESPN wields far too much influence on the existence and outcomes of sports?
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