PatherSC97, for any conference to work, all teams must play the same number of games. This is just logical. So Army and Navy would have to play the same number of football conference games as any other team. Notre Dame would also need to play the same number of conference games. The trick is how may home and home conference games for a team or teams and which teams would play each other to reach the required 8 conference games.
If you read between the lines, Navy is already planning for future Big East membership. Navy never considered Conf USA membership when Army was there, however, Navy has stated that BE membership would be of interest if the opportunity were provided. So no need to twist Army and Navy's arm especially if BE created the 11 team football league with Notre Dame as a full member.
11 teams are ideal for Notre Dame as most teams would rotate on and off the schedule as long as Notre Dame maintained the required number of conference games. So maybe Navy would be the only permanent conference game and all other teams including Pitt would rotate on and off the schedule.
This model would work basically the same as the Big 10 will 11 members. Ohio State and Michigan play every year and the other teams rotate off the schedule every few years to keep every member playing 8 conference games.
As for the BCS, I dont think the BCS will risk making any more restrictions other than an average ranking of a conference team to have 12 or better. Remember the BCS is still under the watchful eye of US Congress regardless if football fans like that or not. Adding multiple teams having to be ranked has monopoly slant to the larger conferences.
I do think the BE will need to have one member ranked 12th or higher in each of the next four years to remain a part of the BCS. This ranking may have other variable such as average AP and US Today Coached poll points average and not just the average ranking in the polls. I do not see the BCS taking the risk to require multiple teams needing to be ranked in the top 25. If a conference has one team that consisting rank in the top 10 there is no way you can keep that team from playing in a regular BCS game. Besides, the bowls will want that team that reached a 12th ranking to play in one of the BCS bowls.
The one area that could cause gaps in the BE 11 team model is BE maintaining BCS membership.
Even then, I cant see why the new 8 football schools would not want Notre Dame part of the league. If a school played a conference games with 2 for 1 against Notre Dame, the two away conference games would be on national TV and the home game would be a gurantee sell out and most likely TV as well.
As for Notre Dame, this school almost has to do something to get the football program back on a national scale and regular BCS participation. Again this 11 team alignment provides the most flexiable schedule for Notre Dame.
I see it as a win/win for Big East football, Big East all sports, Notre Dame football, Army and Navy football, Big East TV contracts.
There really is no negative issues that I can see from this 11 team football alignment. No other conferences would be impacted with expansion. Notre Dame gets a good deal and the other football schools get a good deal.
Why wait until 2008, some of Notre Dame, Army, and Navy non conference football games could count as conference games until a full 8 league schedule could be accomodated.
Maybe it is just a coincidence that Notre Dame is clearing its schedule in the number of years that a conference or school has to prove BCS worthiness. Four years or 2008 are very interesting numbers.