The schools that have expressed the strongest interest in joining the Big East in all-sports are Memphis, East Carolina, and Central Florida. Whether the BE is interested in any of them is another matter.
Presenting hybrid designs, pending a split, to accommodate Notre Dame, Villanova, and/or Georgetown are lame, and more pandering to those refusing to deliver or taking on essentially, free-riders. Enough of this!
If the fb schools break-away and Notre Dame does not pony up to a football commitment, tell the monetary suction cup to get lost. To continue to allow this school to dictate terms is obscene. And for Pete's sake, no more bowl agreements with them unless they are the opponent.
You are speaking as a fan but not necessarily what is going on in the minds of the Presidents nor TV consultants. I'm not sure they they would agree to jetision the great leacher - assuming of course that ND would like to join the mini-hybrid. I honestly don't think the BE Presidents have the stones to do this which is of course why I put the mini-hybrid as an option 'on the table'.
EDIT: I think that Gtown and Nova add more to the BB contract that ND does at the moment.
You can bash the ACC, but they were not foolish enough to hold a spot open for Notre Dame. BC was not about to continue playing second-class to ND.
Not sure where you get the fact that I was bashing the ACC. I think what they originally tried to do was quite visionary - to bring in SU, BC and Miami. But by having to compromise by taking VT there was certainly some fallout from that.
Also the comment about BC is interesting because I would think that all of the schools in the FB BE would have left for greener pastures at that point. Just look at all the rumors on the Pitt, WVu, SU, RU, and UConn boards that were swirling at the time.
The Big Ten leaves the impression they are holding open a spot for Notre Dame, but on Big Ten terms. They say they are happy with 11. If so, then Notre Dame need not be given an "open invitation".
Not everyone is in awe of Notre Dame; and while their fan base and revenue generating capabilities are profound; conferences holding themselves in limbo awaiting to be graced with their partial presence is unseemly. Take the great manipulators at their word, and recognize they are not bonding with anyone for conference football.
Maybe the Presidents hope - the key word being hope - that this will eventually happen but of course it won't be in the BE.
BTW - I agree that ND is giving the shaft to the FB schools - except for Pitt - in this whole BE-ND football agreement.