^There was also someone on the www.foxsports.com
channel/website that proposed/conjectured a new conference alignment called, Conference X:
We have Conference USA, so why not Conference X? The X would stand for extra or eccentric and would give it a generic, non-geographic identity. In some ways I think that makes sense for CUSA and the old WAC and any other conference that veers away from their footprint to become a "conference of outposts".
I think it was Artie Gigatinno. His alignment looked like this, as I recall:
East, "aka, the Big East Division":
West "aka the Mountain West"
TCU/ or Air Force
UNLV/or New Mexico
The two divisions would focus on their divisions and play a conference championship alternating from an East Coast City and an Intermountain city. The winner would get a BCS bid.
Maybe this is what the Big East is drifting towards in 2011. What happens if they lose their BCS bid. What happens if CUSA doesn't get one. This is far-fetched, but why not try Conference X with CUSA. It could be:
The new Big East Division:
The new Southwestern Conference Division:
The two divisions would focus on their two divisions and would play a conference championship game in Birmingham or New Orleans. They would be assured to have a shot for the BCS, as they would have a better shot at it in four years, with more chances of having a power as well as someone getting over a #12 ranking to get a non-auto seed until they get the auto seed back. More teams means better chances. The divisions would keep the BCS money only for their division. The alliance is just to keep the odds in their favor to get a BCS bid. The two divisions would be their own conferences in all other sports.
This would be that true NE-SW slant, if the Big East truely wants that. A conference from Storrs, CT to El Paso, TX. Whats a couple thousand miles?