I should probably post a clarifying post from the heart, since I sense some may not appreciate my BE position, since I occasionally like to poke fun at the BE (smile).
1) I truly and really want the BE to succeed, and can see that happening with commitment on the part of mostly eastern schools. The current quality of the programs are not the prime determinant here, rather the commitment of each schools' administration to really pursue athletic (and especially all-sport) excellence. Use schools like UConn and VTech as models of what can be done in a short span of years.
2) I do not think the conference will ever succeed long-term unless football and basketball interrests are separated, all special incentives and deals are eliminated, and all conference members are treated equally. This is the very heart and soul of a good conference--the reasons other good conferences succeed. Any of the present solutions suggested, including all projected November 4 decisions are viewed by most outsiders as temporary bandaids, and since the patient has an underlying clotting problem, he will keep on bleeding. Unlike the BC to ACC move, the November 4 actions will not resolve the long-term problems facing the BE. Too many continuing conflicts of interest.
3) Since the BE leadership (and I include presidents, AD's, and Tranghese's office collectively) seem unable to alter their vision of a hybrid conference (unless there is a long-range plan they are not yet telling us about), they are open to gentle ridicule by fans outside the BE, other conferences, etc. who are not dumb, because they have other conference models to compare the BE to. I sadly see the glass as half-empty rather than half-full because I am a realist and see trouble ahead--you would have to have your head in the sand to not see trouble ahead. I will hold this view until the leadership makes the decisions reflected in number 2) above, in which case I and many other people will think the glass will change to half-full (smile)...
4) You probably all know me well enough to know that I occasionally like to use metaphors, and some of them may not sit quite right with everyone. In my mind today the collective BE leadership appear to be Keystone Cops. A lot of running around and very entertaining, but disorganized and unfocussed, and not doing much to solve the problem...
I think the advice offered on this board by a large number of posters about the BE is infinitely more wise than many of the BE decisions being reported in the news media, especially the unwillingness to change the model of conflicting memberships, incentives, payouts, interests, etc. This very dated model is the reason schools left, and if continued will be the reason other schools will surely leave if given the opportunity. These people are supposed to be smarter than us, but their actions all indicate the opposite.
I truly wish the BE well, but wish they would have some moxie to take bolder and wiser steps...
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