Cronin laments football’s role in realignment

Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin said Saturday the
announcement that seven Big East schools that don’t play major
college football are separating from the conference wasn’t a total

”I don’t blame them,” Cronin said Saturday. ”My take is it’s
a shame that football, one sport, has dictated all this. The money
that one sport is swinging around is swaying universities to make
decisions. Don’t tell me that people care about

”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 money and money grabbing, the players need to get paid.”

The announcement about the move came from the presidents of
Georgetown, St. John’s, Villanova, DePaul, Marquette, Seton Hall
and Providence. Cronin made his comments after No. 11 Cincinnati
beat Marshall 72-56 later Saturday.

With all the attention paid to football in recent conference
realignments, Cronin said sports such as volleyball, soccer and
tennis get ”lost in the shuffle.”