ACC greed suits Vegas

May 27, 2003 4:55 AM

Whatever draws more business for sports books is good for Las Vegas, but the ACC’s raid of the Big East is high-stakes greed.

It’s all about football revenue, which is curious since the ACC has basked at being renowned as a basketball league. However, Tobacco Road understands that pigskin power generates the big bucks that fund the athletic programs. Yes, even men’s basketball. Thus, if Miami, BC and Syracuse leave the Big East, the ACC becomes a super-conference in football complete with a league title game. The Big East, as a football entity, would crash and burn.

Miami, obviously, is the crown jewel. The Big East either needs Penn State to leave the Big 10 or Notre Dame to back down from its independent status to save the league’s football reputation.

From a basketball view, Miami adds nothing to the ACC. However, national champion Syracuse sure would. One good sign for the Big East is that head coach Jim Boeheim is against switching leagues.

Big East commish Mike Tranghese is right to be mad, but calling the ACC "hypocrites" is a laugh.

Syracuse has historical ties with Big East basketball and rivalries with non-football schools St. John’s, Seton Hall and Georgetown. The Big East needs to keep the inner city talent from defecting to the ACC.

When Miami was added, the Big East suddenly possessed a legitimate national powerhouse in football. That’s very much up in the air now.

Vegas set for war

We’re behind John Ensign and Harry Reid in their effort to stop Washington bureaucrats from passing legislation to end betting on college games along with all other amateur sports.

Two years ago, the Nevada senators helped deadlock the last try, 10-10. Tom Osborne’s new bill has 35 co-sponsors. Gambling on NCAA football will go on, whether legally here or illegally off campus.

Osborne and his cronies are too caught up in the "moral high ground" to understand the situation.

Vegas is not the offender.