i was rereading this article http://www.suathletics.com/sports/gen/2001/history.asp
by the syracuse ad about the history of the big east, and it amazed me how one vote determined so much and changed the entire landscape of collegiate conference affiliation.
Had Penn St. been admitted in 82, the Big East would have been
i suspect pittsburgh would have been added shortly after that to get to an even 10. a football conference, with football only members who played other sports in the a10, could have been established much earlier and the big east today along with the entire college landscape would look much difference. eventually, the big east would have probably gone to 14, adding wvu, temple, rutgers, and notre dame (for basketball only of course) giving them a true eastern all sports conference
the atlantic 8 could have been
the big 10 would still be at 10 and everyone would be happy with them.
the sec could have added miami instead of south carolina, forcing south carolina to stay in the metro.
the metro would have survived for a while longer with only fsu leaving in 91. south carolina staying would have given memphis and cincinnati second thoughts and they would have sponsered football
so the metro conference would be
houston- would have joined when swc died
the sunbelt and midwestern collegeiate conferences would be drastically different as well.
the mwcc/horizon would be something like
the sunbelt would be:
middle tennessee st
the caa would then be much different
william and mary
this would lead to a much different american east, midcon, atlantic sun, southern, etc.
crazy how different things could have been and in a since better, at least geographically.
of course an acc expansion to 12 would force the metro to react which would effect wac east (rice, smu, tcu, utep) or the sunbelt and their football playing schools.