Why does everyone think the Big East foot print has to be limited to teams north of the Mason Dixon line and east of the Ohio River?
I do think you know the answer to that one, Lash, or at least would pick up on it with a little musing... though the way to say it is that a good number of people who populate this particular board have a certain agenda or two they're forwarding.
I dont see Delaware as a good canidate at all. Minor sports bring nothing to the table. A split would and should require schools to have good varsity sports.
I would tend to agree, but there's a lot of little things we could talk about, especially in that north-of-Mason-Dixon region, which makes me hedge. I think the evolution of the region is towards even less football, which generally leads to retrenchment of athletic programs (basketball can be a cash cow under perfect circumstances, but offers limited growth to a single institution)... under this screwy little hypothesis, Delaware has the potential to leapfrog some schools in the region. Of course, I sometimes tend to think in terms of the geologic time scale- this is not a 5-year plan IMO.
One more little edit- need I remind you that Delaware is just barely south of the M-D?