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College sports: survival of the fittest

Originally Published: September 18, 2011
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

So during the Atlantic Coast Conference's Sunday morning dog-and-pony conference call -- the one welcoming Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the league -- I asked Syracuse chancellor Nancy Cantor the following question:

What were her concerns regarding the future of the Big East Conference and why did those concerns lead to Syracuse's defection to the ACC?

And her opening comments were a stunner:

"I would say that our concerns are really forward looking with respect to the ACC," ...

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