It's a shame, really. On the day of announcement of the passing of Dave Gavitt, perhaps the key founding father of the BIG EAST Conference, two of the league's schools \u2014 Pittsburgh and Syracuse \u2014 announce they are both jumping ship for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Having grown up in the state of Maine, when I think of the Atlantic Coast, the first three places that come to mind are Acadia National Park, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. What is happening to college sports? Schools are jumping ship like they're on the Titanic. Nebraska to the BIG TEN (plus Penn State)? The PAC 10 is now the PAC 12? Texas Christian is joining the BIG EAST? Texas? East? It's obvious what needs to be done. History and tradition are both obviously dead to the people at the NCAA and to the presidents who are thinking with all the mighty dollar, rather than what is truly best for the collegiate sports scene as a whole. So here's what to do: Dump all conference names and rename them. The ACC becames the BEN FRANKLIN Conference. Franklin, of course, is on the $100 bill and since all the ACC cares about is big money, they get Franklin. The SEC (which you can't help but laugh when you realize the Southeastern Conference and Security Exchanges Commission share the same letters) can be come The GRANT Conference. A $50 name for the best football conference in the country. The PAC 10, er, 11, no wait 12 - can become the JACKSON Conference, in honor of Andrew Jackson - our $20 president. The BIG TEN (plus Penn State AND Nebraska) can become the HAMILTON Conference. Since there is no such thing as a $12 bill (yet), Hamilton on the 10 is the closest thing we can get. The BIG 12 \u2014 does anybody even know how many actual teams are left in that conference? They come and go like mosquitoes in a marshy area. I guess they can have the LINCOLN Conference. The Mountain West Conference, MAAC, NEC and Conference USA? They can fight out the WASHINGTON Conference - the last $1 bill available - and it will be a nasty fight because NCAA sports is all about the green, and I'm not talking about Marshall Thundering Herd. Connecticut? Let's just start our own conference \u2014 The Gavitt Conference \u2014 and admit only though schools who care about tradition, rivalries and the true sense of the college sports. It will never happen, sadly. I'm guessing by 2013, the Huskies of UConn will be playing in the Mountain West Conference because every time I drive north and head home to the place where I grew up, where college sports meant something, I always think of Southington's Bear Mountain, all 2,316 feet of it, which comes 12 inches over the height limit to join the Mountain West.