Thanks for the Info TS2, Ouija, ACC Seahawk -
So you think the proposed format called for the 8 full-time FB schools to play the other 7 + ND/Nova + Army/Navy = 9 games each ?
Army/Navy - 4 teams each + ND (+ Nova ?) = 5-6 games each
ND - 3-4 teams + Army + Navy (+Nova ?) = 5-7 games
Nova - 4-5 teams (+ Army / Navy / ND) + ?
This would be a strangely concocted 12-team league, but given the BE's strong disregard for standard formats, hardly beyond the realm of possibility.
I suppose back in 2003, Villanova had to begin studying the feasibility of this, and be ready to jump on board at some point. Have they backed off ? Or is it still under study for implementation in what year ?
I know nothing of Villanova's FB facility, but Temple may have beaten them to the punch with regard to Lincoln Field. There would still seem to be a lot of Saturdays open there, however.
This sounds bizarre but not unthinkable... any links to concrete substantiation of such discussion ?
I kinda believe something is / was in the works for BE football, because Army left CUSA and Navy seemed to want to stay independent (or put themselves in the same boat with Army) AS THOUGH THEY WERE PROMISED SOMETHING. Maybe they figured that their natural schedule involved each other, Air Force, ND, and a number of eastern schools, rather than about 8 games vs. southern schools in CUSA.
I also found it VERY CURIOUS how the A-10 was intimately informed of all the BE / CUSA goings on, and seemed to open their arms to St. Louis and Charlotte, almost on cue. St. Louis and Charlotte really stretch the A-10 to the West and South (not to mention 14 teams), so maybe the explanation had to do with a grand realignment, after the BE splits into a FB component and a (mostly or entirely Catholic) BB component.
That BB conference does lay out nicely as 12 with Dayton, Xavier, St. Louis going to a western division (with Marquette, DePaul, ND), and someone else (Holy Cross ?, Charlotte ?, UMass) aligning with the old BE 5 (Georgetown, Nova, Seton Hall, Providence, and St. Johns) in an eastern division. Perhaps the A-10 was informed as a courtesy, to allow them to prepare for the day when this happens, and they get "plucked".