I've always been intrigued by the comments on previous threads that the basketball schools would want to retain the name "BigEast". Somehow, that doesn't sound like a basketball conference. The idea of a set of teams without football having the name "Big" would set them up for all kinds of flak, static, perhaps even some wimp jokes ;). Think of the traditional conferences with the name "big" in them they will be compared to. If they were smart, they would give the "BigEast" to the football schools, and think of a really catchy bb title.
Javaman, my understanding is that the name goes with the majority in the even of a split. In addition, a league must have 6 continuous members to continue as a league eligible for an automatic basketball bid by NCAA rules. So, on both counts, the football schools will be "Big East" & the rest of the schools will be something else. A shame, in my opinion, since a majority of the schools who invented the name & created the league's reputation will now be ineligible for the rights to it.
By capturing the Notre Dame membership, the Big East football schools achieved a major coup on several levels - name, automatic basketball bid, an option on Notre Dame football. I would not expect them to add any other schools until Notre Dame decides its future, which will probably not be until 2005.