"It's over. It fought the good fight, but it's time to say goodbye," said former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, who said his goodbyes to the conference today. "Memories will never die. The Big East will live on wherever there are people who care about college basketball."
The conference has been left for dead repeatedly in recent years as it fought for survival, but its recent loss of Rutgers to the Big Ten followed by the conference's basketball-only schools looking to leave were too much to endure.
"I thought the Big East was gone when Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College left," said SEC commissioner Mike Slive. "But they fought on, even through the loss of Pitt and Syracuse. It was inspirational. Sad, but inspirational."
Also, all other things Lane Kiffin does suggest he is a liar.
They both apparently were skinned bloody after skidding across pavement.
RG3 is the greatest young quarterback ever.
2010: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Cam Newton works as a professional quarterback in the NFL and is the former greatest young quarterback ever.
2009: Mark Ingram, Jr., RB, Alabama
Today Mark Ingram is known primarily as a running back that fantasy football team owners kick themselves for picking.
2008: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Bradford's main claim to fame in present day is being the Heisman-winning Oklahoma quarterback who had a slightly better pro career than Jason White.
2007: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Five years after winning the Heisman, Tim Tebow works as a sports debate topic.
O Little Town of Buffalo
Oh, little town of Buffalo
how still we see thee lose.
Why do you go to all these games?
The only reason's booze.
Do They Know It's Christmas? (SEC Edition)
There's a world outside your conference
And it's a world of misery
Where the only bowls they're winning
Are the Belk and Liberty
And the athletes that play there
Are so slow and full of doom
We'll, tonight, thank God, it's them
Instead of you
"We wanted Jon Gruden and Charlie Strong, but this whole time we've been testing the waters with Peyton to see if he'd come back to his alma mater," said a top Tennessee booster. "He's one of the best head coaches in the NFL and he's a Volunteer legend. He's the dream hire. We'll hope he'll want the challenge of restoring his school to greatness."
Manning refused to address the Tennessee job this week to reporters.
"I only have one focus and that's beating the Oakland Raiders on Thursady," he said.
But Manning's non-denial denial did nothing to squelch the rumors, nor did his joking demeanor.
"Also, I'm not the head coach of the Denver Broncos. John Fox is," he said to uproarious laughter.
It's a sign from God! That Alabama fans have poor hygiene.