The Bishin Cutter wrote:
The Bishin Cutter wrote:
What made the potential absorption of the Big XII North into the Big East were the basketball schools out that way. Adding the Kansas schools, Iowa State, and Missouri was very conceivable because of schools like Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame. TCU-BE, while a radical move for 2010, wasn't that terribly disconnected from the Big East through USF, and because of DFW's accessibility.
...but UConn might as well be Hawaii sitting that far out there. The closest school to them would be West Virginia or Cincy (assuming they were picked). It helps nobody, really.
At the very least, they should get Cincinnati for 11, then petition the NCAA for that CCG and other considerations.
So, UConn's distance of 500 miles from West Virginia is too far, but everybody and his brother thinks the Big XII should go after BYU which is almost 900 miles from the nearest Big XII school?
Okay, if you feel that the Big XII schools could join the Big East because of the proximity of the basketball schools, but that still begs the questions with regard to TCU, whom you also referenced in that explanation. If TCU could be brought into the Big East without the Big XII schools as was planned, despite being 1000 miles from anyone else in the conference, why can't UConn go in the other direction when they're half that distance from the nearest member of the Big XII?
Because BYU was supposed to be a member back in the 90's?
Because Dallas-Ft. Worth is a major travel hub and Storrs isn't?
Because the Big East was pretty much a contiguous cluster from CT to KY, while the Big XII is a disjointed, unconnected mass?
Because while 500 miles doesn't sound far compared to 870 (TCU to Louisville), 1256 miles is ridiculous (that's UConn to ISU, the next closest school).
Because West Virginia really isn't happy, and would do anything to get into the ACC or SEC?
Take your pick. I think the AAC isn't going to last long based on the travel logistics...but let UConn figure that out when Temple is the nearest road game and the next nearest is southwestern Ohio...
1. But BYU wasn't a member in the '90's. I don't see the relevance of any discussions from almost 20 years ago. I doubt that many of the same players are involved now.
2. UConn doesn't travel out of Storrs and opponents wouldn't be traveling into Storrs. Football games are played in East Hartford and more basketball games are played in Hartford than in Storrs. Hartford's Bradley Airport is Dallas/Fort Worth isn't the hub that Dallas/Fort Worth is, but it's not Morgantown, WV either. It's an international airport and travel in and out is easy. Travel from Bradley either to Hartford or Storrs wouldn't be any more difficult than from DFW Airport to the TCU campus. Easier in some cases.
3. So, integration of the old Big XII leftovers with the Big East would have been easier, but times have changed. If the Big XII has a need to expand, UConn and Cincy provide the best remedy for West Virginia's isolation. All parties would be in an improved position from what exists now.
4. 1256 from Hartford to Ames, Iowa is a lot, but UConn would come with Cincy, which is 750 miles, so ISU would be the 3rd closest school to UConn, not 2nd. TCU was still going to have to travel lots farther than just Louisville. For football alone, here are the other distances.
- 966 miles to Cincinnati
- 1142 miles to Tampa
- 1236 miles to Morgantown
- 1255 miles to Pittsburgh
- 1500 miles to Philadelphia
- 1544 miles to Syracuse
- 1695 miles to Hartford
5. West Virginia has no shot at getting into either the ACC or the SEC.
I agree that the travel logistics are a nightmare in the AAC. That's why the addition of Tulsa, a small private school of 3000 students, was an enormous mistake. They add nothing meaningful in terms of market or potential. UMass would have bolstered the Northeast wing, would have provided the renewal of a great rivalry with UConn, and would have added a state flagship with 30,000 students in a state of almost 7 million. You make a great point about the AAC and I don't know where this cluster**** is headed, but it certainly is a mess.