ANGELO CATALDI GETS IT WRONG AGAIN: MASS DID NOT BREAK UP BIG 5!

By Theodore N. Beitchman

It never ceases to amaze me just how uninformed morning blabbermouth Angelo Cataldi is.

Some people just factor it in and some people assume he is just making stuff up to prop up his aging ratings.

But in today’s PhillyVoice, he is propagating a myth that has festered in this town for almost 30 years:

That it was Villanova coach Rollie Massimino (above, cutting down the nets after the Cats won the NCAA title in 195) who broke up the Big 5, when in fact it was his bosses who opted out in favor of more lucrative Big East TV appearance!

And I am calling him on it.

Here’s what he wrote:

Believe it or not, many fans won’t support the Wildcats because of an elitist image that swept the city when Rollie Massimino was coach. Despite his championship in 1985, Massimino is remembered as a smug ingrate who turned his back on the Big Five a quarter of a century ago.

Remember, it was Massimino who refused to schedule all of the Big Five teams from 1991 to 1999 because there was more money to be made in national games, more honor in facing Big East teams. To this day, even though Villanova recommitted itself to the Big Five 16 years ago, college-hoop fans here have never forgotten the snub.

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