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OT: Is ESPN the force behind realignment?

Gene DeFilippo backpedaled quickly — an old quarterback executing one more scramble — after suggesting this month that one of the most stunning shifts in the recent wave of realignment in college sports had been scripted by ESPN. The Boston College athletics director apologized, saying he'd misspoken when he told The Boston Globe that the cable television titan "told us what to do" before the Atlantic Coast Conference chose Pittsburgh and Syracuse as new members, plundering the neighboring Big East.

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