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Subject: Re: Question about Pittsburgh
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On Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 2:16:30 PM UTC-5, Marty McMahone wrote:
> On Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 11:59:23 AM UTC-6, xyzzy wrote:
> > On Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 12:18:54 PM UTC-5, JGibson wrote:
> > > On Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 12:16:07 PM UTC-5, JGibson wrote:
> > > > On Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 11:56:47 AM UTC-5, The Cheesehusker, Trade Warrior wrote:
> > > > > On Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10:47:07 AM UTC-6, Some dued wrote:
> > > > > > According to http://www.winsipedia.com/pittsburgh they have 9 FBS National
Championships, but only 2 Conference championships. Did they used to be independent or something?
> > > > > 
> > > > > Yep - for a long time they were independent until the Big East
> > > > 
> > > > Here's an interesting historical article from '84 on the subject:
> > > > 
> > > >
http://www.nytimes.com/1984/11/25/sports/sports-of-the-times-the-ea...
> > > 
> > > And here's an article from '81 when Pitt decided to join the Big East in basketball and not
join the proposed eastern all-sports league:
> > > 
> > > http://www.nytimes.com/1981/11/19/sports/pitt-to-join-big-east-shun...
> > 
> > Thanks for the blasts from the past.  It's interesting to read early 80's speculation on how
awesome an eastern all-sports league would have been, and compare that to the actual history of the
Big East.
> 
> I wonder if it would have turned out differently if Penn St. had joined.

Good question.  Personally I'm glad they didn't because their absence made room for VT, which was
not in any of the initial Eastern league conversations.  But if they had the eastern conference
might have been a much better and more stable league.