Albama Arkansas Auburn Florida Georgia Kentucky LSU Mississippi State Missouri Ole-Miss USC Tennessee Texas A&M Vanderbilt
Latest News

BC’s A.D. Says He Misspoke About ESPN’s Influence On ACC Expansion

Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo set off a firestorm when he stated earlier this week that television — and in particular ESPN — had told the ACC what to do in terms of conference expansion.  The ACC nabbed Pittsburgh and Syracuse from the Big East, or course, which is also currently an ESPN partner (though that league had recently elected to take its contract out for bid).

DeFilippo is now backtracking.  No surprise there.  The following statement from the AD appeared in today’s Boston Globe:

“I would like to apologize for any negative effects caused by my recent interview with a Boston Globe reporter.

I spoke inappropriately and erroneously regarding ESPN’s role in conference expansion.”

He also apologized for some comments he made about former Big East rival Connecticut, a school BC fought to keep out of the ACC in this wave of expansion.

Here’s the thing: DeFilippo might have really misspoke.  He could’ve been trying to say that television networks like ESPN are leading the way on expansion with their money.  Instead, it came out as though ESPN had literally told the ACC’s commissioner and presidents to go forth and attack the Big East.

Yeah, it’s possible he just bungled his message.  But no one’s going to believe that.

DeFilippo let the cat — real or imagined — out of the proverbial bag with his initial statement.  And that statement could come back to haunt ESPN or the ACC should anyone in the Big East decide to file a lawsuit against one, the other, or both.

 


14 comments
AllTideUp
AllTideUp

That article seems to be a lot of regurgitated information. I'll put it this way, I don't think that paper is going to break the story.

JWtts
JWtts

Thanks. You are probably right. I was just hoping this mess was finalized and the SEC was at 14. No easy answers to the east west problems.

Racing Hokie
Racing Hokie

This guy, his team, the Big East, the new ACC, Maryland's uniforms, Duke Football, UNC and UVA fans that never attended either University, UNC and UVA grads, everyone but Clemson returning tickets becasue their fans don't travel, and Donna Shalala and "d'yoo" are the reasons I pray daily that the SEC will just make a public bid for VT.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

Let us know how you really feel. lol

And I would love for VT to be in the SEC.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

Never believe it when someone comes back at a later time and says "oh wait, you misunderstood me, I actually meant the total opposite of what I said."

DeFilippo certainly got an earful from some officials and is just doing damage control. I absolutely cannot stand it when someone says he "misspoke." Politicians, athletes, or celebrities....anyone who says they "misspoke" is flat out lying to your face.

Minnemo
Minnemo

What is awaiting moderation?

thomas
thomas

dont see a 14th team anytime soon.

Minnemo
Minnemo

I would guess that the next announcement from BC will be the dismissal of their AD.

JWtts
JWtts

I agree. DeFelippo proved to be an out of touch fool who doesn't understand the sensitivities involved in conference realignment when it comes to the Big East. With that being said, I do believe his statements were probably taken out of context. The Boston Globe doesn't exactly seem to be a bastion of integrity. I think there was even recent reports from them that fabricated Clemson's interest in the SEC.

JWtts
JWtts

Every conference will consult their contracted TV networks for advice on which teams would provide the most value. I suspect that the Big East will consult with ESPN before they try to pick apart Conference USA or add military academies. And yes, if ESPN tells the Big East that a certain team will provide more value, then that (proposed new money from ESPN) too will drive some of their decisions. It's a little ridiculous to act like a cat has been let out of the bag, when we all know this is how it works. Maybe if you are in the 2nd grade, than a cat was let out of the bag. Much ado about nothing. DeFelippo should "pull a Spurrier" on the Boston Globe and in general have a statement prepared and checked by someone else before he speaks to the press again. Better yet get in your hole and stay there. There was really nothing to be gained by talking to the press in this instance except for an unnecessary display of hatred towards UCONN.

Anwar
Anwar

Proverbial cat out of the bag.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Anwar...

If I had to choose between being the guy who wrote thousands of words a day...

Or the guy who read those thousands of words a day for free AND then felt the need to correct the placement of ONE of those words...

I think I'd still stick with being the guy who wrote all those words in the first place. But thanks for taking the time to point out the error.

John

Sjf
Sjf

DeFilippo should apologize for that football team. See SEC, just because you bring a mediocre football team into a conference doesn't mean it will improve.



Follow Us On:
Mobile MrSEC