i believe the 8 catholic schools (providence, seton hall, georgetown, villanova, saint johns, boston college and notre dame), add marquette, depaul and st. louis from the cusa and xavier from the a-10.
someone posted something about the advantages of a split before and i agree - so i'm borrowing it.
EMUHuron...that was my idea back on a post regarding the disintegration of the Big East and CUSA basketball schools. Most of them being Catholic. 8-)
You're welcome to borrow it...it's an excellent idea!
I see this as a potential two way street. If Miami doesn't go and leverages a deal with the Big East out of this then the ACC is the one in trouble because under the right circumstances the ACC may get raided by the Big East to get to 12. Clemson would go, and so could FSU or GaTech. Although I would go if I was Maryland because the fit is just as good in the Big East for them in all sports, as it currently is in the ACC.
The other shoe may fall here.
But since this is speculation on Miami to ACC, I will follow that thread (even though I think the ACC may be at bigger risk!...it's all about football and ACC is stuck in a basketball mentality)
Miami is the first domino, if they go then they get followed by Syracuse, and one other (VaTech is most logical). I agree BC will want to stay with something resembling the Big East.
I see a new Big East being initially the current leftovers and they would be forced now to keep Temple. They invite Louisville, and Cincinnati because they don't have many other choices. This actually strengthens Notre Dames position in the conference because they are now needed more than ever by the new Miami-less Big East in other sports.
This may in turn force the basketball schools to want to make a split and now it becomes logical for the basketball only schools of CUSA and Big East to get together and form a new conference. Our earlier proposed East/Midwest Catholic conference. I don't see Boston College joining this group, and I don't see Notre Dame joining it unless they can't get the current deal they have with the Big East extended. Notre Dame is all about what is in it for Notre Dame.
Your new basketball conference becomes DePaul, St.Louis, Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova, St. Johns, Seton Hall, and Providence. Now if I'm Xavier I want in this conference right now, and they could be your 9th school. A good basketball number.
CUSA scrambles to fill the loss of 5 schools, two football. Since they are now the C- (southern) USA the logical choices are between Marshall, UCF, and the eastern WAC's (Tulsa, SMU Rice, LaTech).
Choices made here from the WAC force the elimination of this conference or the elimination of the SunBelt because the WAC will have to cherry pick the SunBelt next if it wishes to survive. The MAC can withstand the loss of a couple of schools.
This is truly a domino problem.
Which way will the dominoes fall?
Towards the BigEast as currently reported...or towards the ACC if Miami cuts a new deal! 8-)