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Talking Bull: When the Expansion Crap Hits the Fan

There are times I wish UB was a part of the expansion picture, then we see how ugly it gets.
There are times I wish UB was a part of the expansion picture, then we see how ugly it gets.

For those of you unaware of the history between UConn and BC here is the two sentence primer:

When Boston College was moving over to the ACC the folks over at UConn thought that a lawsuit was their best chance at keeping the Eagles in the fold. The suits failed but the political fall out has made relations between the two schools worse than any in college football.

So the Boston Globe published an article stating that this time around the ACC was going to take Syracuse and .... UConn! But Boston College pushed back and the second invite went to Pitt..

Cue "The UConn Blog"

ACC wanted UConn before Pittsburgh, move was blocked by..... wait for it..... Boston College! - The UConn Blog
You know why it was a matter of turf? Because BC is terrible. They are a rotting, fetid corpse of a by-gone era, where the northeast mattered in football and it didn't matter if your alumni didn't go to games and your city ignored you. They're an anachronism. They're Villanova with less football success and a bigger stadium. They won't play us because we're better than them and the don't want anyone to know that we've surpassed them. Again, the Globe:

Not to be out down BC Interruption fires back

GDF Manages To Piss Off UConn Fans Even More Than Boston College Fans - BC Interruption
You would have thought that UConn would have figured out that name-calling doesn't get you anywhere 8 years ago. Old habits die hard, I guess.

Who do we have to thank for all this fun? Who is the puppet master?

Boston College AD Says ESPN Told ACC 'What To Do' For Conference Expansion - From Our Editors -
And yet, this wouldn't be surprising at all. Television money makes the college world go round, and a network inserting itself into the realignment game was only logical. Still, seems like a bit of an ethics problem to have the largest sports network around engineering the death of the Big East.

UB Ohio Recaps

Buffalo Bests Bobcats in MAC Shootout - Sports - The Spectrum - University at Buffalo
After suffering a 41-10 thumping last week in Tennessee, Buffalo (2-4, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) returned to MAC play and hosted Ohio (4-2, 1-1 MAC) in hopes of breaking an eight-game losing streak against conference opponents. The Bulls rode Oliver's and Anderson's performance to triumph over the Bobcats, 38-37.

Bulls go all-in for a win - UB Football - The Buffalo News
Branden Oliver's third touchdown, a 1-yard plunge on fourth-and-goal with 5:45 remaining, put UB ahead — and this time to stay — in a pulsating 38-37 victory over Ohio before 15,051 at UB Stadium.

Bulls' Young redeems himself in triumph - UB Football - The Buffalo News
Senior slot receiver Ed Young had been living on the far fringes of the UB offense since dropping two big passes in the season-opener at Pitt. At first his spot in the lineup went to redshirt freshman Devon Hughes. Then, even though he became a regular again, rarely was the ball going Young's way. He was without a catch until hauling in his first during last week's loss at Tennessee

UB-Ohio Game Analysis - Campus Watch - The Buffalo News
Chazz Anderson might have been playing for the rest of his career in this one. A Bulls defeat and it would have been time -- or at least close to time -- for Bulls to start looking to future. Instead, Anderson threw for 343 yards and two TDs. UB passing game was the difference. They couldn't have gotten by with Branden Oliver's big day alone.

UB Soccer:

Bulls Win Crucial Sunday Matinee Over Western Michigan - Buffalo Athletics
Fueled by a late first-half goal from Katie Kerr, the Buffalo women's soccer team broke out of a recent funk with a feverish offensive performance to beat Western Michigan 3-2 Sunday afternoon at UB Stadium in a critical Mid-American Conference match. Katie Roberts added two goals in the second half for the comeback win.

Bulls Blank Bowling Green, 5-0 - Buffalo Athletics
A five-goal onslaught in the second half gave the University at Buffalo men's soccer team an easy 5-0 win over visiting Bowling Green Sunday afternoon in Mid-American Conference play at UB Stadium. With the win the Bulls (7-5-1, 2-0 MAC) remain undefeated in league play.