Gunnerfan, if it were up to the coaches to decide expansion the Big 12 would not have a championship game. Sorry its the athletic directors under the guidance of the presidents that make the call.
I realize that and know the story, but the circumstances are somewhat different. When the Texas schools moved into the Big 8 there were political matters and financial matters as well, such that the move was a solid revenue producer. Such forces that may not necessarily be at play given the candidate schools involved. We're seeing now that the SEC title game may be the only one that doesn't truly impair their champions because of the depth of the league, the huge support, etc. Especially if there is any move toward a playoff, wherein a championship game for football would be like the conf. tourny for smaller leagues - an unnecessary burden that could knock certain teams out of the running.
The Big East will expand to 12 and by 2010 is my guess.
If they can pay 11 million dollars to the ACC for the game, the Big East should be able to make some money as well.
Let's say we both agree the BE will make the most prudent move, financially speaking. If it's something that raises the profile and coffers of my Syracuse Orange(men), without causing undue harm to others, than I'm all for it. We'll just have to see how the numbers play out.
BTW, I know the ACC game played before 72k, 5k short of a sell out. I know $11-12M was the hoped for total revenue but have not heard a final estimate. You?
Gunnerfan my prediction of South Florida getting a BCS bid before Ga Tech was just to get you wound up. Did not think it could be possible so soon. Mark my words if Central Fl gets BE membership and South Fl which already has BE membership, they will be breathing down the big 3 neck in Florida in a few years. Hey South Florida was in the running for a BCS game this year and Florida State is really lucky to be there. Miami and Florida are not in the BCS. Is the tide changing on the beaches of Florida. who knows!
I agree those programs will make serious waves, especially with their raised profiles and UCF's future on-campus digs. If they can pull it off, more power to them. I could do with less "Florida" in my life, but that's just me. ;D
As for GT, we have a decent AD who's asserted at a press conference that our fans should not expect to "win 9-10 games (on a consistent basis)," given the schools refound committment to academics, mission, yadda yadda yadda. While I'm sure that quote will be raking in the recruits I understand how these things work and will keep my allegiances where they are. I root for the school, not just the athletic program. Provided they try hard...