fighting muskie wrote:
Today's leak is a power play to seize control of the Big East conference. The goal is to retain the Big East name.
They tell football their options are:
A: We dissolve the league on June 30, you don't have the Big East name or conference assets (NCAA shares, exit fees), no autobid and we fight like hell in court for a decade over it all.
B: You leave first, peacefully, with a negotiated settlement of some of those assets, but we get the Big East name.
This divorce settlement should be interesting. I feel like UConn is going to try to be the most accommodating and/or try to weasel a way to go with them for Olympic sports for a couple of years while they continue to wait for their ACC ship to come in. Plus UConn is going to want to still play Villanova, Georgetown, and St John's OOC and that won't be possible if UConn gives them a hard time settling. Cincinnati and USF on the other hand are going to want to fight them tooth and nail for assets because they are going to be pretty permanently hitched to the incoming C-USA schools and are going to lose a lot in the divorce. Then you have poor Temple, who doesn't even get a say.
The NCAA definitely needs to give the faction that is forced to leave an auto bid--it would be terribly unfair not to considering that the misfits who will be parading around as the WAC next year will have an autobid.
On a separate note--if the MAC offered Temple, Cincinnati, and UConn membership I wonder if those 3 would simply laugh at them or consider it seriously.
Probably laugh. Even if BSU and SDSU pull out, they have Houston, SMU, UCF, USF, Tulane, could add Buffalo, UMass, UAB and Tulsa for 12.
"It may look a lot like the old C-USA, but it's certainly better than the new C-USA."