Again, if the Big East does expand for football which is very likely, Ohio or East Carolina will not be considered as there are far better options out there. Neither were considered when the Big East expanded in the first round and my bet is neither will get considered in the second wave.
Life can be tough.
East Carolina and Ohio U are in the right type of conferences. Get use to it!
Utah and BYU are also in the right type of conference. A western conference. From travel, TV time zones, and value added, the MWC schools don't belong in the Big East.
According to the Big East papers, East Carolina was considered for Big East membership, but rejected. The MWC schools, and the 1-AA football schools never had any consideration.
Then with Ohio, you're looking at a school that much like Virginia Tech did in the 1980's, is making a move toward being more of a statewide force in athletics and academics. They already have the most impressive BCS win for the MAC this season, and had the only BCS win for the conference last year. Looking at where they could be 5-10 years down the road with Frank Solich, and a 13,000 seat basketball arena they have some major conference potential. This school is a 2 hour drive from UC and WVU and a 3-4 hour drive to Pitt and Louisville.
You could have some serious attendance numbers at Ohio in both football and men's basketball if you put them in the Big East with those schools close by. They already have some of the best support numbers in the MAC in the two major sports. Just like VT however, being a remote school its going to take some time to mature. It's not an overnight deal like UConn or USF with big metro markets to quickly ramp up the financial support. Ohio is at the CUSA level right now with bringing in a big name coach like Frank Solich but is not there yet as a national factor on the recruiting trail like Big East schools. It could be 10 years until the next realignment and whoever is ready at that point will be moving up.