Looking at UCF's schedule for this year they must be an affiliate of the Big East since they play Pittsburgh, USF, and Villanova.
A clever observation, SportsKC. Now that AD White has emphasized Notre Dame is trying to move "further away" from conference affiliation and solidify it place as an independent", let's see where a "true affiliate" may dwell.
Notre Dame will be playing 2, not 3, BE teams in years when it is not zero or one. Three would be way too many for them. Playing the two will be part of their intent to have a manageable schedule to compete for national championships.
Since ECU has chosen more ACC rivals and signed a series contract with Navy whose AD has a 4-4-4 model, it is Central Florida as the BE AFFILIATE. :)
Them Middies, being called an affiliates?---- Kevin White must have given them a lesson in shrewdness in how to grab a bowl away from ole' M. T.
Yes, UCF, BE affiliate ;D; including playing the precious Villanova, the ultimate institution to some BE fans.
So Big East now has their AFFILIATE--- THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA! Villanova with Central Florida, it does have a beautiful ring to it? No cusa-USELESS here any more, is it Tigersharktwo? It is the NEW AFFILIATION! 8-)
Tigersharktwo, when you go to those conferences and strategy sessions with the BE chieftains, super donors, and benefactors, better fill them in on what is happening!
On a more humble note, I do believe WVU, UCONN, Pitt, 'Cuse, Rutgers, L'ville, Cincy, & USF, deserve better overall, and need to be given the greater flexibility to establish their own opportunities.