It sounds as if a 10-year deal for Georgetown and Syracuse to meet each other once a year is a sure thing at this point. This matchup was essentially the most famous and most anticipated rivalry when both teams were members of the Big East from 1979 – 2012. But that came to an end when the Orange bailed for seemingly greener pastures of the ACC in a football related move.
It was sad when it became evident that these two wouldn’t see each other in a scheduled game this upcoming year, but you knew this wasn’t going to last. Historic rivalries such as Hoyas vs. Orange tend to get worked out sooner or later even if one of the coaches is a perceived curmudgeon who some think doesn’t like to leave Central New York or be tested be January. (A blog post analyzing the non-conference portion of Syracuse’s schedule over the last 40 years should be done if it hasn’t already.)
While these two teams have a strong dislike for one another, they do respect each other. And they do want to play each other on a regular basis. And most importantly, they should want to give the people (us) what we want.
Right now it is expected to be a home-and-home series (one game a year) with a possible neutral site game (probably Madison Square Garden) thrown in there once in a while.
This makes sense for so many obvious reasons and I don’t think anyone was surprised to hear the news. I also won’t be surprised come Selection Sunday in March 2014 when the committee puts Georgetown and Syracuse in the same region with a seemingly high probability of playing each other. But I’m sure that’ll just be a coincidence.