Assure anyone, had Penn State been accepted into BE bb years ago and led them into the formation of BE football, it would be a school that would never have played footsie with Notre Dame in the first place. And, Temple would never have been given the shaft to please Villanova.
Instead of UCONN, WVU, Pitt, and Rutgers spending all that money on frivilous and losing lawsuits against Miami and the ACC and having sour grapes over BC leaving, they needed to have taken Syracuse with them, showed Notre Dame and all the Catholic bb only schools their backsides and formulate an all sports conference with L'ville, Cincy, Temple, and whoever else may fit and agree. If indeed a split is inevitable, and the foundation was set, then the football schools need to make no bones about it and say so. And Notre Dame kept them all together? We all know the Irish are so dedicated to keeping Rutgers fb successful ::).
Instead of blame directed at those schools that left and the opportunistic and aggressive ACC, they needed to have addressed what cause of the departures in the first place: a conferated and fragmented conference structured just the way Notre Dame wants it to be. BE fb was good enough for Miami, but not for ND? Why would Miami or any other successful program want to maintain this stigma indefinitely?
I partially agree LND. The reason ND is in the conference in the first place is that I believe was part of the compromise for bringing in the FB schools to boost that side. Even if PSU was part of the BE, the FB side of the equation maybe never would have been answered. Perhaps PSU would have still left for the Big10. Or perhaps PSU would have left the BE and went to the ACC with Miami and BC. We will never know.
One other thought. The BE was always a hybrid conference. Miami never brought its baseball team into the BE either just like ND never brought its FB team into the BE. So, the BE was always making special deals.
I am waiting to see what the lawsuit against Miami will produce in terms of what Miami wanted to stay in the conference. There were rumor going around several years ago that stated Miami wanted several items addressed by the BE. I am assuming they wanted some long term solution to the hybrid question (hopefully the lawsuit will say something about that). They only got an answer to the exit fees.
Once the ACC said they were gong to expand, it was a no brainer for anyone to leave once approached. You would be going to a 'better' conference with teh potential to make more money in terms of revenue sharing.
If you remember, the ACC already had the highest per team revenue sharing of all the major conferences including the SEC (the SEC made more total money but had to divide it more ways).
The BE was never going to make as much money as the ACC unless the BE raided the ACC for at least FSU (and pick from Clemson, GT, NCSU, UM, or UVa).
Since the ACC was rock solid, the only potential candidates for expansion for the BE (upon breakup) would have been the following:
Cinn, UL, ECU, Memphis, Temple (?)
I'm not sure if that would have been good enough for the BE to get lots of money if thye couldnt raid the ACC for 'marquee' teams.
Would that have given the BE a contract in BB and FB that is comparable to the one the ACC just got?
One thing to keep in mind is that I believe (based on the court documents) the BE would have probably split had they had the votes or we able to negotiate to keep the BE name and their BB credits. There were questions about whether the BE would keep their BCS bid if they had another conference name. In addition, the BE FB schools would have left about $45 million dollars in NCAA BB tourney credits on the table. I could certainly see why the FB schools were a bit gunshy to try to leave.