Since all BCS conferences will be up for renewal in 2007, I wanted to create a seperate thread for a plan to include four MWC schools to bring BE football up to the other BCS conference standards.
Most think the BE has to wait until five years is up to make a decision on a split and football expansion. This is not true. The Big East can make a decision in 2007 to split and expand for football and allow 27 months notice to its basketball brethren and complete its 5 year obligation to the current 16 member alignment.
A new football alignment could be ready for play as early as July 1, 2010.
East: Syracuse, Connecticut, Rutgers, Pitt, WVU,
West: Utah, BYU, New Mexico, Colorado State, Cincinnati, Louisville
Since the BCS is basically a TV contract that includes the four major bowls of Rose, Sugar, Orange, and Fiesta, along with ABC TV and Fox TV, this proposal for BE expansion should get the attention of each of these groups.
My proposal for the Big East football schools to present to the BCS upon renewal are the following arguments for inclusion with automatic bid.
Granted the Big East does not have the super star of a Miami, U of Florida, Texas, or USC just yet, there is lots of tradition in the 12 tream proposal.
Pitt, Syracuse, and BYU have all won national titles in football.
WVU has played for one and had a chance to tie for one in both the current BCS Fiesta and Sugar Bowls.
Louisville and Utah have both won the current BCS Fiesta Bowl
As for markets and interest of BCS, the new alignment would have six states without a BCS conference schools. The states of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, West Virginia, New Mexico, and Utah would have exclusive rights to BE games. Factor in the major TV markets of Pittsburgh Pa, Tampa Fl, Cincinnati Ohio, Louisville Ky, and Denver Co and you have much interest in this conference alignments participation in a BCS bowl. BYU would bring a large western Mormon interest as well.
By the way ABC and Fox there is a conference football championship game with this alignment that should have the same interest for those markets as well.
This alignment would be my projection as the best bet for Big East Football starting July 1, 2010.