Thank goodness Syracuse and Louisville still have one more season in the Big East together. Following Tuesday's media day, we need to see those two programs clash at least one more time, thanks to their veteran head coaches.
Syracuse's Jim Boeheim and Louisville's Rick Pitino used the conference's media day to get after each other a little bit, and go figure, conference realignment was at the center of the slapfight.
Boeheim fired the first real salvo when he was told of some of Pitino's recent comments. The Louisville head coach recently said that Memphis and Temple would be able to replace Syracuse and Pitt in the Big East, with the Orange and Panthers bound for the ACC.
"Rick's full of s— if that's what he really said," Boeheim told reporters, according to ZagsBlog.com. "If he was in the Big 12 right now like he wanted to be, he'd be saying the Big 12 is the best. That's the bottom line.
"The only thing I'll say about what Rick said all summer is that if Louisville could have left they would have left," Boeheim added. "Everybody knows it and I'm really tired of him saying what Syracuse should be or should have done done because they would have left in a heartbeat. Everybody knows it. I don't mind him denying the fact, but when they start talking about Syracuse, I'm going to start talking about them."
Louisville was reportedly interested in jumping the sinking ship that is the Big East in favor of the Big 12. Instead, West Virginia was offered the invite, which the school obviously jumped at. Now, Pitino and Louisville are left to fend for itself in a dying Big East, which Temple and Memphis will join in 2013.
"If you think those schools are better than Syracuse," Boeheim added, according to ZagsBlog.com, "then you don't know what you're talking about and I think Rick's smarter than that. At least I thought it was."
Pitino, never shy about offering his opinion, jumped at the chance to respond in an interview with SNY.
"I think [Boeheim's] full of s—, and so we're both full of it," he told the network's website, with a reported smile. "I think without a question Temple and Memphis … Look, we're going to miss Syracuse because they bring more than just a team. They bring the fans and Memphis and Temple can't do that."
However, Pitino went on to say that on the court, both Temple and Memphis will compete in the Big East, before reiterating his main point.
"I think [Boeheim] is full of s—. I've worked with Jim. I don't always agree with him."
Louisville will host Syracuse on Jan. 19 before the Cardinals head to the Carrier Dome on March 2, with both scheduled for national broadcasts.
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