Well, so now its finally done with (let's hope), as a fan of college football and the Big East, we need a plan for realignment fast or else we will simply be viewed as a doormat for other conferences to pilfer. Memo to Mike Tranghese; ANNOUNCE SOMETHING SOON....!!...Obviously, Miami and BC had their own agendas to join the ACC from the start (how else do you explain Miami turning down a guaranteed $9 million per from the Big East) and Va Tech jumped on the bandwagon so quickly that no one had time to even present a counteroffer. I'd like to know your thoughts and pros/cons on the following......
STRATEGY; 17-team superconference in order to save face and a BCS bid. Please note; the 9-football team formation allows for the 4/4 home/away games.
PLAN; Keep w/ the rumored Louisville, Cincinatti, Depaul and Marquette invites. Additonally, add Xavier or Dayton (basketball only) to fill the void left by BC departure. This creates a 'godzilla' basketball conference. From a football perspective, there needs to be an infusion of name recognition; add Marshall (football only) to fill the BC slot, and then subsequently allocate the $9 million Miami offer to Notre Dame or a SCHOOL FROM A MAJOR CONFERENCE (i.e. Penn State)...if the money was there to begin with, the time has come to utilize it for a brand-name product or the BCS will become a distant memory. Please note; as of today, Pitt could very well be bumped from the top 25 which technically would then feature ZERO Big East schools.
Football only members; MARSHALL
Basketball only members; SJU, Providence, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Providence, Notre Dame (suject to change; see below), Marquette, Depaul, XAVIER/DAYTON.
Football/Basketball members; Syracuse, Pitt, WVU, Rutgers, Uconn, Lousiville, Cincinnati, ND/ MAJOR CONFERENCE TEAM.
LET'S GO TRANGHESE, STEP UP TO THE PLATE !