It’s not often that you hear of a collegiate coach blasting conference realignment. But the uncertain future of the Big East was too much for Cincinnati men’s basketball coach Mick Cronin to stay silent about.
When the conference’s seven Catholic institutions announced on Saturday that they were leaving the Big East, Cronin responded, “I don’t blame them. It’s a shame that football, one sport, has dictated all this and the money that one sport apparently is swinging around and swaying universities to make the decisions.”
“It’s all ridiculous. Let’s call it what it is. I’ve thought about this long and hard and I’ve waited to say this. If it’s all about this much money and money grabbing, the players need to get paid.”
Bearcats athletic director Whit Babcock issued a statement urging UC fans not to panic, insisting, “Now is not the time to stop moving forward or to simply give up.”
Absent from Babcock’s statement was any reprimanding for Cronin. Which might imply that, to a certain extent, he shares his frustration.