either way, the earlier assessment of the Once-Big East is very accurate. Louisville, Cincy, and USF do not make up for Miami, Virginia Tech, and BC. Matter of fact, throw in Army, Navy, keep Temple and hold a championship game. that new Big East would not be on the level of the Big East today.
I dare say it wouldn't make the New Big East any stronger than the new look C-USA will have, or the MWC will have if it decides to take Fresno and Boise State.
but with just what the big East ('b' intended) has now, it doesn't make up for even the loss of Miami.
remember, the logic behind the BCS is that for the past 20 + years only teams from those conferences played for National Titles.
Well, the big East just lost its two. And Cincy, Louisville, and the USF Bulls don't have that.
If the big East keeps its BCS over other conferences, it will be a travesty, and a testament to the keep it in the family good ole boy network. For them to keep it, they should at least add a BCS bowl, and give two other conferences a shot as well.
Temple had already been given their walking papers before the Big East decided to invite UConn for football.
Keep trying for one...
Meanwhile, I can think of ECU.
I can think of USF.
I can think of UCF.
I can think of UAB....