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Syracuse and Georgetown could have a 10-year series

(Dan Steinberg/The Washington Post)

Syracuse AD Daryl Gross said Wednesday night that both he and Coach Jim Boeheim have signed a 10-year contract to continue their longstanding men’s basketball series with Georgetown, and that they’re merely waiting for the Hoyas to sign the deal.

Gross made the comments during his radio show with Gomez Adams on Syracuse’s TK99, when a caller asked about maintaining the school’s classic Big East rivalries.

“We’ve had some substantially good rivalries in the past,” the caller began. “And I’m sure you’ve been asked this question before, but is there any possibility of sustaining some of these rivalries, i.e. Georgetown, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, teams of that nature, in the future?”

“Yeah, for instance, we’re going to have Villanova come in this year,” Gross answered. “We recruit down there a lot, so to have that going is great. St. John’s, we’ll play them this year. It’s at the Garden this year, and then we’re gonna have a home-and-home with them.

“Georgetown has our contract,” Gross continued. “You know, I got with Lee Reed, their athletic director, and we’ve got a 10-year deal on the table, and we’re waiting for them. I think that they’re waiting for John Thompson [Jr.] to sign off on it at some point. And hopefully they can do it. I talk to Lee all the time — he wants to do it, we obviously want to do it. I’ve signed it, Jim [Boeheim’s] signed it, and it’s sitting on Georgetown’s desk. So we want to keep those things going, too.”

A senior Syracuse official later told The Post-Standard “that no official contract has been signed, but Syracuse has agreed to the ‘concept’ of the series and is waiting to hear back from Georgetown,” according to the paper. Mike Carey, Georgetown’s assistant athletic director for communications, could not confirm the report when reached Wednesday night by The Post’s Liz Clarke.

Over the past 33 years, Georgetown and Syracuse have been one of the most contentious rivalries in college basketball, but as Syracuse prepares to leave the Big East conference for the ACC and Georgetown moves to the Catholic 7 next year, former players, coaches, journalists and alumni recall the history of the rivalry. (Jayne Orenstein/The Washington Post)

The teams had countless memorable moments during a 34-year rivalry, which ended this spring, with the Orange off to the ACC.

“I think it’s a damn disgrace,” the elder Thompson said in March, speaking of the rivalry’s end. “We established something in the Northeast that we all could be proud of, and then a bunch of knuckleheads sat at the table — didn’t know a thing about basketball — and, without any concern for the fans, geographical boundaries, tore it apart.”

(Via via Casual Hoya)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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