"Any potential football expansion school must Increased Revenue" The Big East has made the point crystal clear.
The question to ask concerning the potential of Big East expanion with Miami Ohio or any other MAC school, how would those schools increase BE revenue.
The BE already has the Cincinatti and Southwest Ohio TV markets with the Bearcats. "No potential revenue on this point"
Attendance for Miami Ohio football is horrible. If the school cant sell out a 30 thousand seat stadium no way many fans travel to BE away games. "Dont see any revenue increase for this point"
Potential to help with minor Bowl alignments. "Not sure that Miami Ohio is looked at as a good bowl team from an attendance point of view".
Bottom line, there is just no potentail for Miami Ohio to increase BE revenue and so Miami Ohio is never going to be considered for BE membership. This is based on facts presented by the BE officials who make the decisions on expansion.
Teams that could potentially increase BE revenue and we will leave out Notre Dame for now as a BE football member.
Do you have the exact quotes from the Big East office? Is that where these quotes come from? I'm sure that every conference wants to achieve that goal. But they most likely would balance that priority with the institutional fit as well as future conference raiding potential and configurations -- so the Big East will be vital for the long long term.
Another school to consider:
Near-International Date Line Schools:
University of Hawaii at Monoa
Carnegie Foundation Classification: Doctoral/Research Universities -- Extensive
USNWR Rating: 3rd Tier National University
Distance to Morgantown, WV: A long, long ways! Its so far west, that its actually EAST!
Overlapping of another major conference that may make the BE a secondary conference/Teams in other conferences in state: No -- It is currently a WAC team, but if it became a BE team, the BE would be the only game in town, period!
Metro/market size: Mid-major/near Major: Honolulu (~900,000)
State Market: Hawaii -- 1.3 million people/1st and only team in the state!
j/k ;) ;D