ESPN wants a Big East football championship game. To entice the Big East to split, they throw a TV contract to the new basketball conference and set up an old Big East/East Coast Conference challenge.
Seven schools leave the Big East and form the East Coast Conference: (Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova, Seton Hall, Providence, DePaul, St. John's. They add Dayton, Xavier, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne, Saint Louis)
After Notre Dame, BC, Penn St, etc, refuse to join the Big East, they just add Memphis, UCF and East Carolina.
Now, ESPN makes the massive move, and throw a massive deal at the Pac 10/Big Ten to expand to 12, so everyone goes to 12.
Big Ten adds Notre Dame
Pac 10 adds Colorado, Colorado St.
The Big XII adds Arkansas
The Big East adds UAB to replace Notre Dame
The SEC adds Tulane to replace Arkansas
The MAC kicks out Temple. They join the remaining 36 Mountain West, C-USA, Sun Belt and WAC schools, which get together amicably reorganize.
ACC: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida St, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami (FL), North Carolina,
North Carolina St, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
SEC: Tennessee, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi St, Mississippi, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Tulane
Pac-12: UCLA, Arizona, Arizona St, California, Colorado, Colorado St, Oregon, Oregon St, Stanford, USC, Washington, Washington St
Big 12: Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas St, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, Texas
Texas A&M, Texas Tech
Big Ten: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan St, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Big East: Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse, UAB, Central Florida, West Virginia
Mid-American: Kent St, Akron, Ohio, Miami (OH), Bowling Green, Buffalo, W. Michigan, C. Michigan, E. Michigan, Toledo, Ball State, Northern Illinois
Mountain West: BYU, UNLV, New Mexico, Air Force, Utah, Wyoming; Tulsa, SMU, Rice, Houston, Texas State and North Texas
WAC: Boise St, Fresno St, Hawaii, Utah St, New Mex St, Idaho, San Jose St, San Diego St, Nevada, UTEP, TCU and La Tech.
C-USA: Marshall, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky, Middle Tenn St, Florida Atlantic, Florida Intl, Troy, UL Lafayette, Arkansas St, UL Monroe, South Alabama, Temple (football only), New Orleans (all but football).
East Coast: Dayton, DePaul, Duquesne, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Saint Louis, Seton Hall, St. Bonaventure, St. John's, Villanova, Xavier
Atlantic 10: Butler, Charlotte, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, Hofstra, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, Saint Joseph's, Temple
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