fighting muskie wrote:
What divided the conference was the need to accommodate the football programs of the schools who participated ain the sport at the DI-A level and that required expansion.
Muskie -- Is there an article or source that states why the Big East felt the necessity to even host football? I'll take a not-so-blind-shot-in-the-dark and say money.
I know Georgetown and Villanova, and now Butler, play football at the FCS level. The rest used to have football programs with the most recent two being St. John's (2002) and Seton Hall (1981).
A basketball-centered, non-football Big East Conference with Georgetown, Seton Hall, Providence, St. John's, Villanova, Marquette, and DePaul along with Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Syracuse, and Connecticut would've been great for a Northern Midwest and Northeast conference. There could've been another conference with football (Metro Conference?) that had full members in Virginia Tech, Boston College, Temple, Cincinnati, Louisville, Miami FL, Memphis, and Rutgers --- or whoever you would put into it --- that also had the football teams from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Syracuse, and Connecticut. A 12-team football conference split North/South:
South: Miami FL, Memphis, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, West Virginia
North: Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple, Boston College, Rutgers, Connecticut
Edit - Looking at it now, the South Division may be a bit strong. Perhaps do an ACC-like division structure?
Both conferences would've pretty dang good in basketball and that football conference would've been at least somewhat competitive with most of the other power conferences.