The ACC may not be finished insulting the Big East. The conference began its spring meetings yesterday, and one of the items on the table was the men’s basketball conference tournament – currently being held in Greensboro, North Carolina.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon were both lobbying for the conference to consider Madison Square Garden for its future tournaments.
“Obviously, coach Boeheim and I are excited about New York, but I also know that Greensboro has a strong, strong presence here at these meetings,” Dixon said. “I think [Madison Square Garden] would be the best thing for the conference. I hope that’s the way they’re headed, but I don’t know that it is.”
Today, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported that momentum is gaining for the potential move.
Momentum gaining for ACC to hold future hoops tourneys at Madison Square Garden, sources told @espn
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 15, 2013
The ACC’s contract to keep the tournament in Greensboro runs out in 2016, so the earliest this could potentially happen is for the 2016-2017 season. And of course, the (new) Big East is still in the mix as well. But with the size and draw that the ACC now has, it could potentially look like the better option for MSG. We’ll find out soon enough.