LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Rick Pitino calls it "the Big East, Southern style." Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford called it "back to the future" on Tuesday.
Whatever you call it, the ACC Tournament championship game is on the move, leaving its Sunday afternoon home for the past 31 years to slide into the Big East championships old Saturday night time slot.
"This is kind of a 'Back to the Future' moment for our conference," ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. "The Sunday championship game worked tremendously well for more than three decades, but I believe our schools, teams and our fans will be excited about crowning a champion on Saturday night. This will be a win-win for everyone involved - players, coaches, fans - and we greatly appreciate our television partners, ESPN and the ACC Network, working with us to make this happen."
The Saturday title game isn't exactly new for the ACC. The first 28 ACC tournament championships were played on Saturdays, before the game moved to Sunday in 1982.
The ACC Tournament will be held in Greensboro, N.C., this year, but moves to Washington, D.C., next season before taking up a two-year contract with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2017 and '18. The tournament will move back to Charlotte in 2019 and Greensboro in 2020.
That's three of the next six ACC Tournaments being held in North Carolina, which may not thrill the likes of Jim Boeheim and Rick Pitino. But if half of them are on Tobacco Road, that also means half of them aren't.
"In the Big East, you had to go play Syracuse in the Garden, or Connecticut," Pitino said two weeks ago. "As tough as this league is going to be, it's going to be a battle no matter where you play it. Our fans, like they did in the Big East, will learn the ins and outs of tickets, and they'll be there with us."
The championship game slot isn't the only thing of the old Big East's that the ACC took. It hasn't unveiled its new conference logo yet, but images started to trickle out of Amelia Island, Fla., where the conference is holding its spring meetings on Tuesday.
In fact, ESPN's Brett McMurphy tweeted a photo of the new logo (seen above) and another photo which showed the logo above a notice to saying it was a "secret" until after Memorial Day.
Either way, the font the ACC is using (see photo above) looks as if it's the same font the old Big East used.
The work to begin placing the ACC logo on U of L facilities will begin after the logo is officially unveiled.
Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:56:42 GMT
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