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.”