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Syracuse out of SEC-Big East Challenge?

Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine (11) reacts in the

Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine (11) reacts in the second half of an East Regional semifinal game against Wisconsin in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Boston. Syracuse won 64-63. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Credit: AP

Turmoil continues to follow the Big East as its challenge with the SEC could be in trouble.

The SEC-Big East Challenge is set to he held Nov. 29 through December 1 with each league hosting six games.

Kentucky will play at Notre Dame in the opener on November 29. The remainder of the November 29 schedule includes South Carolina playing at St. John’s, LSU hosting Seton Hall and Marquette playing at Florida.

Here’s where it gets interesting. ESPN.com reported Friday that Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross sent an email to the Big East officials, coaches and athletic directors that the Orange are "overcommitted and can't play at this point."

Syracuse, which hosted Florida in the challenge last year, is scheduled to play at Arkansas on November 30. That is clearly up in the air now.

Gross released a statement through Syracuse Friday regarding the conflict: "Everyone is working cooperatively to resolve the issues with regard to scheduling the BIG EAST/SEC Challenge. We hope to have resolution very soon," Gross said in a statement released by the school.

The rest of the November 30 schedule: Georgia at South Florida; DePaul at Auburn; Tennessee at Georgetown.

On December 1, Mississippi State is on the road at Providence, Rutgers will play at Mississippi, Cincinnati will host and Villanova is at Vanderbilt.

The other situation in this whole fiasco is Pittsburgh not being selected to play. Pittsburgh was reportedly surprised it was not selected to play in the challenge. Speculation is that it has everything to do with the lawsuit the school filed against the Big East so it could leave for the ACC a year early.

School’s are required to give the Big East 27 months notice before they leave for another conference. The league has held both Pittsburgh and Syracuse to that rule. The Panthers filed suit to leave early.

"We were led to believe we had a home game all along," Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson told ESPN.com. "At no point were we told that we wouldn't get a home game. They've put us in a difficult spot. All Jamie and I were waiting on was who we were playing. We're very disappointed, obviously.”

Pittsburgh played at Tennessee as part of the challenge last season.

The matchups are set, but will the games go on?
 

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