OK Lash, SportsKC, I shall present here and perhaps, try to keep it on bb as much as possible.
1. When I said the BE was vulnerable to ACC raids and is #6 in the BCS, that is not from a point of distaste for the BE. There is this image after the raid the conference needed to re-group and solidify. I believe the ACC was attractive to individual BE teams due to "all-sports" more than most factors. Geography did play a part as well as money. Geography was the reason I thought the BC move to the ACC was not the best decision. I have siblings and in-laws ACC grads. Me, no ACC.
2. I was very gracious about WVU beating Georgia (I am a GA grad) in the Sugar Bowl. WVU deserved it. I was disappointed in UGA for getting off to poor start; but it did turn into one of the better bowl games. Nothing should be taken away from WVU for being prepared and well coached.
3. Conferences can have sub-par BCS bowl representation; Pitt the year before and FSU (by their record) this year. However, FSU hung with 3rd rank Penn State and I had expected it to be close.
4. As SportsKC noted, the Big East football schools, themselves, have excellent bb teams for the most part. The bb only schools could make a decent conference unto themselves and remain among the respectable conferences. A couple or three of them are riding past glory, but there is always future years.
5. I tend to favor 12-team all sports. That's just me. In that context, only the SEC, B12, ACC, and C-USA are complete with this. So to say I want changes for the BE, it would also mean the B10 and PAC 10. The MAC going to 13 annoys me. I have this mindset of equity and universal structure. I know this is hard to comeby in collegiate sports, but..........
6. While I have suggested schools such as East Carolina to the Big East should there be expansion/split; I recognize there are no ideal choices lingering. Frankly, I would love to see Notre Dame play Big East all-sports or Army and Navy incorporated. OK, fantasy thoughts.
7. OK, basketball. I do see a 16 league in bb a bit too large. I do like to see conference teams play a respectable number of non-conference games, and sort of go round-robin with in conference competition. With only 8 of them engaged, collectively, for fb, it does have a unique structure among the major conferences. We are all familiar with how it came about.
All of the 16 teams in BE basketball have prior credentials. I can't say it is the best bb league, but certainly one of the best, and the one with the greatest number of teams. My impression, in fb and bb, the depth of quality fluctuates some year to year in each major conference. Each major conference has a group of excellent teams each year, and those that are struggling. Again, when leagues vary in size, it is a factor in terms of how things are quantified.
We do need to keep in mind the BE's current bb and fb structures are still relatively new, and to make longterm assessments have its limitations.
For all the endless Villanova thought and theories (don't think they will be playing BE football), I remember them for their surprise bb tournament win years ago. They are looming again. It will be interesting tournament time.
Again, I will try to post in the right spots ;).