Article in Sunday's New York Times discussing both former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese's take on where the Big East went wrong and the potential for the ACC replace the Big East on basketball conference tournament week at MSG.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/sport ... ref=sports
A fumble is suggesting something mildly that you could have possibly recovered from and won the game.
For college conference realignment, this is more equivalent to a many of US Cities missing zoning laws in the suburbs and urban sprawl has corrupted the entire entrance into most US cities with a miss match of big box stores, strip malls, and half completed housing developments that went bust.
Just like cities without zoning laws which allow housing developers that want to make big bucks without creating the correct infrastructure to support those development and out of control urban sprawl, college conference realignment mirrors real life.
It all comes down to greed and basically no single entity in charge to control the rules.
What could have been?
Eastern: Penn State, Pitt, WVU, Syracuse, Boston College, Rutgers, Temple, Army, Navy
Big Ten: with 10 actual Midwestern members
Big 8: with old traditional rivalries left intact
SWC: with Arkansas in the mix
SEC: with 10 members and barring its name of teams primarily in the Southeast
Pac 10: with schools mostly on the Pacific coast along with Arizona schools with fans that spend most of the spare summer days on the Pacific Coast if they are lucky
WAC would still be the Western Athletic Conference with schools such as BYU and Utah included
Metro would be around for the Conf USA schools
What we have is urban sprawl or more correctly conference alignment sprawl that has the ACC suburbs with miss match of schools stretched all the way from Florida to New England. The SEC stretched all the way from the Deep South to Great Plains. The Big Ten sprawl stretched from the eastern shores to the Great Plains. The Pac 12 sprawl stretched all the way from the Pacific to the Rockies. The Big 12 sprawl from Texas to the East with some left developments yet to be completed to add to this sprawl.
All or most all these conference realignments are based solely on greed.
What could have been if colleges could just have left some single entity in charge.
Oh wait, the US Courts banned CFA for the corruption of allowing colleges to negotiate their own TV contracts.
Nope it was not the fumble of Big East taking in Penn State and more to do with the fumbling idiots in the US Courts system that did not have the foresight to see what a decision based solely on greed would manifest itself into the future.
Just like the major US cities that have the flight of residence moving back into the inner city to avoid long commutes and have access to culture and entertainment activities only the inner major city can provide, maybe college will find the same desires in the future and reverse the trend.