KIRKPATRICK: Well, what happens if Bobby Cremins leaves Georgia Tech? It's the same thing. If they don't get a guy with equal charisma and abilities, they're back playing overtimes against Carson-Newman. And not in the holy ACC.
KELLY: I still say the Big East lacks stability in the sense that good coaches have not prepared for an orderly transition. And what happens in those big buildings when the home team doesn't win? Who comes to the games? Georgetown couldn't fill the Cap Centre with Ewing. What will they do without him?
KIRKPATRICK: YOU think if Purdue changes coaches to a guy who can't win, the team will draw? We assume the traditional powers will always hire good coaches. Boston College had big problems and it still makes the NCAA final 16 practically every year. A major factor is the coach, and that's another plus for the Big East. I submit the league has terrific coaches.
KELLY: Get down to the bottom of the league. Seton Hall: pitiful. Connecticut: a disaster. Pittsburgh, with eight high school All-Americas, can't beat anybody. Every league has doormats; the Big East has Oriental rugs.
KIRKPATRICK: I warned you. N-O-R-T-H-W-E-S-T-E-R-N. A month before Villanova won it all, Pittsburgh beat the future champs by 23 points. I'll take any Big East team and play against Northwestern. Or against Wake Forest.
WOLFF: You won't play any of the other teams in the ACC, though. This year the conference should have seven representatives in the NCAA tournament, an all-time record.
WOLFF: Top-to-bottom balance, that's the important thing. The Big Ten's got Wisconsin and Northwestern. The Big East has Seton Hall and Providence. We're talking dogs here. In the ACC there are no dogs. And despite all the prominence given basketball, Clemson has even given the league a national football champion.
KIRKPATRICK: Football? Great. Why don't we bring up something important. Like hockey.
KELLY: The Big Ten sustains football excellence down the line as well as basketball excellence.