Syracuse’s 34-31 win over Boston College that secured bowl eligibility for the Orange. From the moment SU (6-6, 4-4 ACC) took the lead on a field goal late in the third quarter, they ran through the gamut of emotions, lastly going from the lowest of lows following a crippling interception with under three minutes to play to the highest of highs when Josh Parris waltzed into the end zone on the receiving end of a slick weak side screen pass to put Syracuse on top with six seconds remaining.
The Big Ten expansion this past offseason set off another wave of panic over whether we’d seen our last classic tournament performance at Madison Square Garden. This time, it was the Big 12 that had to deal with the fallout, but in 2003, we were the ones who had to figure out how to keep the conference together after losing three members. To say that Big East basketball survived is putting it mildly. But what of those who followed the cash to the ACC?