On Friday, the matchups for this season’s SEC/Big East Challenge were released. Among the games on the docket — Syracuse at Arkansas.
Shortly after the release, Syracuse officials let it be known that their school was “overcommitted” already and would not take part in the contest. SU is in a battle to escape the Big East as soon as possible and clearly this was a negotiating ploy on the part of the school.
Well, today, ESPN is reporting that Big East officials have said negotiations between Syracuse and its current conference have “nothing to do with the actual matchup” with Arkansas. Associate Big East commissioner Tom Odjakjian was reportedly “adamant” that the schedule released on Friday is in fact locked in, put to bed, signed, sealed and delivered, etc.
Arkansas fans, it looks like the Orange will visiting Bud Walton Arena on November 30th after all. At least according to the Big East.