JTIII says Hoyas-Syracuse 'will happen'

JTIII says Hoyas-Syracuse 'will happen'
September 12, 2013, 7:45 pm
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On Wednesday, Syracuse Athletic Director Darryl Gross said a contract ensuring Georgetown and Syracuse's men's basketball teams would matchup for the next decade is on the table. On Thursday, the Hoyas decision-makers responded.

"The Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry is one of the great rivalries in college basketball and it will continue," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said in a statement released by the school's athletic department. "In many ways, we are in uncharted waters.  We have a re-launched conference, a new commissioner, and a new television partner with Fox Sports.  As soon as we get a grasp on what our future mandated out-of-conference obligations will be and those time frames, the details with Syracuse will be finalized. This is a series that will happen."

Thompson recently told CSNwashington during an exclusive interview that the longtime rivals would "absolutely" continue their rivalry. The two sides met three times last season including emotional games at the Carrier Dome and the regular season finale at the Verizon Center, both won by Georgetown.

The original Big East members are no longer in the same conference. Syracuse began play as a member of the ACC this year while Georgetown is part of the new-look Big East, which began play this season.

"Georgetown has enjoyed being part of one of the most storied rivalries in the history of college basketball in our series with Syracuse," Georgetown Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed said. "In recent years, our schedule has been among the toughest in the country and we’re always interested in adding a quality game to our schedule.  Georgetown has been, and is very, interested in seeing a series with Syracuse become a reality.  We have had some conversations with their administration about continuing the series over the course of the last year, but nothing has been finalized.  I am confident, however, that we will continue to play them in the near future.”