The Bishin Cutter wrote:
Interesting that at a Villanova town-hall meeting, the AD said they were getting a fourteenth member by the end of the year, and it was likely a western school. Now, Aresco is saying it's just likely and the timetable just got extended to include another summer.
Cutter, could it be that western school, AFA or BYU or whomever, has said no or is on the fence about it? Also, Louisville seems determined to head for the B12 and open about it. The B12 may have given L'ville some expectation that eventually they can head there.
I view sentiments in the BE are mixed.
Providence, Georgetown, St. Johns, DePaul, Marquette, Villanova, SHU -- are probably still all happy with the BE hybrid, given the changes.
Notre Dame -- hope the BE does not become any weaker, but continues to serve their unique purpose.
Temple -- glad to be back there; this time with all sports. Figure they can't find anything better.
Memphis, USF (already in BE), UCF, SMU, and Houston -- The B12 doesn't want any of them at least for now; other top conferences certainly don't. And, they got in the BE for all sports. A couple or so are dang lucky to be even picked for the BE, such as it is. They see escaping CUSA places them at a higher level. What if they had stayed and helped re-shape CUSA to look equal or better than what they departed to?
Louisville -- openly wants out, preferably for the B12; even lesser/no chance with another major conference.
Cincy -- if Louisville heads for the B12, hopes they have a coattail to cling to -- otherwise accepting of the BE.
Rutgers -- keeps waiting for a B1G or ACC call; maybe would even take a call from the B12; while they keep waiting, acting as if the BE is looking fine.
UCONN -- hoping to be #15 or #16 with the ACC. Maybe not any serious hopes with the B1G. Also wants to look happy with the BE.
Boise State -- they made the decision; tried to save face by not backing out; hopes it gives them big bowl games, high rankings, more revenue, and they dominate the BE while they are there.
SDSU -- The PAC12 ain't calling; bought Marinatto's plan hook, line, & sinker.
Navy beginning in 2014 -- perhaps hoping AFA bites out west & gets reeled in by the BE; recent fb success had them thinking bigger; Uhhh, that former GA Southern coach, then Navy, has been running GA Tech of late. It began to show last season.