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September 20, 2011
Short-term solution Jeff Otterbein Hartford Courant So much is still in flux in the ever-changing world of conference realignment. The Big East has already lost two teams, Syracuse and Pitt, to the ACC. Certainly Connecticut and Rutgers from the Big East would like to land in the ACC. The Big 12 figures to be crumbling soon as four teams, led by Texas and Oklahoma, figure to depart. That leaves whoever remains in the Big East and Big 12 needing each other and coming together to form a league that doesn't solve the problems of those in it. Travel will be an issue since that league would stretch so far. It still would be way behind the ACC, SEC, Pac-12 and Big Ten in status.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Three impressive varsity seasons at Calvert Hall and several standout summer sessions with Maryland 3D on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit led to many scholarship offers and a “really tough decision” for Drew Edwards . The 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard had to weigh the plusses and minuses of offers from Clemson (where his twin sister, Danielle , will play basketball next year), Dayton (fresh off an Elite Eight appearance), Kansas State (whose lead recruiter, Chester Frazier , is a Baltimore native)
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2012
The courtship between the Big East and the Navy football program was made public last fall, but league and academy officials said Tuesday that the mutual wooing went on for the better part of a decade. Neither Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk nor Big East commissioner John Marinatto could pinpoint the day it began, but the courtship officially has become a marriage that will be consummated when the Midshipmen begin league play for football only in 2015. "We feel really strongly that it's clear to us the future of college football is in a conference," Gladchuk said during a joint teleconference.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
When Maryland men's lacrosse coach John Tillman recently hit the recruiting trail, he wasn't entirely sure how players would react to a Terps program making the leap from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten, a move that became official Tuesday. Fortunately for Tillman, the transition has not been an issue. "Some of the people we have talked to have been pretty excited about it," he said. "Obviously, the ACC has a great tradition and the Big Ten doesn't yet. But I think people realize there is a lot of potential in that conference.
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By Sports Digest | May 1, 2010
No. 12 Georgetown defeated host No. 9 Syracuse (12-5, 6-2 Big East), 10-9, on Saturday to win the Big East regular-season championship and finish undefeated in conference play. The Hoyas earned the top seed in the Big East tournament and will face No. 4 seed Loyola on Thursday in the semifinals. This marks the second year in a row that the Hoyas (11-5, 8-0) have won the regular-season championship. … College of Notre Dame senior midfielder Lauren Terry (Catholic) was named to the All-Colonial States Athletic Conference first team for the second consecutive season.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2011
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said here Saturday afternoon that Big East commissioner John Marinatto assured him in a telephone conversation earlier in the day that the Midshipmen are still among several teams being considered for membership in the restructured league and that no official bids have been offered. "We're still in the running, there's no question," Gladchuk said during Navy's game against Rutgers at High Point Solutions Stadium. Gladchuk said the information he received from Marinatto disputes a report by ESPN that said five schools, including Air Force and Boise State, were extended invitations to join the league.
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Sports Digest | May 4, 2012
College Lacrosse St. John's stuns No. 2 Notre Dame, 8-7, in Big East men's semifinal St. John's recorded one of its biggest wins in program history as it upset No. 2 Notre Dame, 8-7, in the Big East semifinals Thursday. The Red Storm (8-6) was led by three goals and four assists from Kieran McArdel . Jeff Lowman made 13 saves in the winning effort. For the Fighting Irish (11-2), Westy Hopkins had three goals and Conor Doyle (Gilman) added two. In the other semifinal, Syracuse defeated Villanova, 15-6.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
Denver's announcement Thursday that it will leave the Eastern College Athletic Conference and move to the Big East for immediate membership next season could impact Johns Hopkins' search for a conference that the program can call home. The Big East was one of a few leagues that popped up as a potential landing area for a Blue Jays program that has won nine national championships, but was left out of the NCAA tournament this spring for the first time since 1971. The Big East was an attractive suitor for Johns Hopkins because the conference needed a sixth team to join Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's and Villanova so that it could retain the automatic qualifier it had for the NCAA tournament.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said that Navy, which is scheduled to move into the Big East in 2015 for football only, is continually “reviewing all the moving parts” and will figure out where its football program will land once the other schools decide where they are going. “We have the latitude to evaluate the bigger picture for the next couple of years,”  Gladchuk said Thursday. “This is a obviously a new development. We're not in a position where we're panicking.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
It's been a slow death, agonizing to watch for those of us who remember what the Big East represented when it started some 30 years ago. It's been confusing to follow the almost constant updates over the past 14 months since Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they were leaving for the ACC. To say that league founder Dave Gavitt is turning over in his grave is an understatement. The Big East emerged on the college basketball scene making a lot of noise. It had big-name coaches, high-profile players and a commissioner in Gavitt who ascribed to the P.T. Barnum school of thought that any publicity was good publicity.
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From Sun staff reports | May 4, 2014
For the second straight year, UMBC could not keep up with Albany in the America East men's lacrosse title game. The No. 13 Great Danes (11-5) outshot the Retrievers (8-7) by 26-13 in the first half to take an 8-4 lead at the break, then scored eight times in the third quarter en route to a 20-11 win Saturday in Stony Brook, N.Y. Albany also routed UMBC for the championship last year, 19-10. Great Danes attackmen Miles and Lyle Thompson scored seven and three goals, respectively, and become the first pair of Division I teammates with 100 points in a season.
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From Inside Lacrosse | May 1, 2014
Rutgers' 14-7 loss Thursday to Denver in the Big East semifinals ended the Scarlet Knights' season, but showed a glimmer of hope for the future. The future Big Ten team rebounded from a 2-13 2013 finish to win eight games and make the Big East tournament. "I don't think there are moral victories, but there's a lot of development that happened over the past few years. We had a few young guys sprinkled in, and we're going to lean on them in the future," coach Brian Brecht said.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
Each week, The Baltimore Sun will publish a Q&A with a college lacrosse player to get you better acquainted with his or her team. Today's guest is Syracuse defender Natalie Glanell, a South River graduate aiming to help the No. 2 Orange win its first national championship in her senior year. Glanell, an former All-Metro defender for the Seahawks' 2010 Class 4A-3A state championship team, has been to the NCAA final four twice with the Orange. She leads Syracuse in ground balls (30)
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From Sun staff reports | April 20, 2014
The No. 15 Loyola Maryland women's lacrosse team won the Patriot League regular-season title Saturday, defeating visiting No. 20 Navy, 11-6. The Greyhounds (12-4, 8-0) completed their ninth undefeated regular-season conference schedule. They will host the Patriot League tournament semifinals and final Thursday and next Sunday, respectively. Annie Thomas (John Carroll) had three goals and two assists. Kaitlan Moynihan (C. Milton Wright) had two goals for the Mids (14-2, 6-2)
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
Trying to keep up with the conference shuffle in women's lacrosse over the next two seasons will surely require a detailed score card. Major shifts in the landscape are coming with the addition of the Big Ten next spring and changes in the Atlantic Coast Conference, historically the nation's toughest conference. This season, only two of Division I's 13 conferences -- the Ivy League and the Big South -- remain the same as last season. The ACC makeover is already underway, creating a super conference for one year before Maryland departs for the inaugural Big Ten season in 2015.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
Loyola's move to the Patriot League will put women's coach Jen Adams on the opposite side of her coach at Maryland, Cindy Timchal, one of her greatest mentors. Navy's coach for all six of its NCAA seasons, Timchal coached Adams, a three-time national player of the year and the first Tewaaraton Award winner, on four national championship Terps teams from 1998-2001. This season will be the first where they square off as head coaches. Adams already has coached against two of her other coaching mentors, Syracuse coach Gary Gait, who assisted at Maryland during her run, and Maryland coach Cathy Reese, Adams' teammate for a year and briefly a Terps' assistant.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
The scrutiny surrounding the Syracuse basketball team has been there for months, starting with the allegations of sexual abuse by former longtime assistant Bernie Fine and, more recently, with accusations that Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim used players for the past decade who had failed drug tests. Then, center Fab Melo was declared academically ineligible prior to the NCAA tournament. In the midst of the circus that followed the Orange to Pittsburgh last weekend and will accompany Boeheim's team to Boston later this week, the perplexing shooting slump of sophomore forward C.J. Fair has barely registered.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
Considering the pedigree of their respective programs, it is no surprise that No. 2 Syracuse and No. 20 Pittsburgh have made nearly flawless transitions from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Orange won a national championship with freshman Baltimore product Carmelo Anthony in 2003 and have played in four Final Fours under Hall-of-Fame coach Jim Boeheim, most recently last season. The Panthers, with one of the toughest homecourts in the country, were the Big East's winningest team over the past 10 years with Jamie Dixon as their coach.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
Nearly a year after Maryland announced its athletic teams would leave the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Big Ten in 2014, ACC commissioner John Swofford said in interview Wednesday that there is no ill will despite lawsuits that are pending between the school and the league. During the ACC's men's basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Swofford told The Baltimore Sun, “I wish them well. I hope that it turns out to be a good decision for the people of Maryland. We have moved on in our way this year [with the addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame]
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