The Bishin Cutter wrote:
Army's a legacy thing. Army and Navy are/were the two programs the Big East/AAC goes to first for membership considerations. It's almost "right of first refusal." It goes way back, too. Back into the 70's before the Big East when Temple's Ernie Casale tried putting together an eastern conference, and then Joe Paterno's Super East, Army and Navy were major players. When the Big East conference decided to get serious on football sponsorship, it went to Army and Navy.
I can't see Army ever getting squeezed out of that bloc. Even if BYU and AFA come in, room will be made for Army if they want to be there.
They just...don't want to be there.
I certainly don't begrudge AFA any for sticking around the MWC, but when they were having their Big East courtship, that version of the Big East was more like old MWC than what the MWC was looking to turn into. AFA's at its best with system schools and flagships with a dash of private schools. The Big East, with TCU, Navy, Rutgers, UConn, USF, Louisville, Cincy, WVU, Temple...when the MWC is "backfilling" with WAC, it wasn't as thrilling as what was potentially happening back east.
Also, Navy wanted to be in the south/west of the AAC because that's one of their biggest recruiting regions. They've got the east covered with Notre Dame, Army, and whatever crossover games they'll get. It's a good gig, even if it wasn't what they originally wanted.
East: Cincy, Temple, UConn, UMass
South: USF, UCF, ECU, Memphis
West: Tulsa, SMU, Houston, Tulane
North: BYU, AFA, Navy, Army (all fb onlys)
non fb sports:
East: Temple, UConn, UMass, USF, UCF, ECU
West: Tulsa, SMU, Houston, Tulane, Memphis, Cincy
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