Article in Tulane paper(previously posted in another thread)with comments from Tulane President who says that recent conference realignment has turned the BE into the old C-USA and has left 5 power conferences.Comments that some of the MB members have also recently stated.Link at http://www.thehullabaloo.com/sports/tul ... 0f31a.html
It is such a shame the Big East never had a true vision for football.
No one can really argue with Tulane Officials on the fact the Big East will drop from the power conference status due to ability to compete with other stronger financial conferences or better stated power conferences with better revenue ability due primary to resurgence of football interest for TV.
We can possibly excuse the Big East on misstep with Penn State admission because that decision was decided before football became the power sport in TV that basically determines a power conference identity in modern day college conference alignments.
What can’t be excused is losing Miami, Va Tech, WVU among the football membership and having Notre Dame mostly in the conference with just one foot out.
The Big East Administration both current and previous can make statements like Notre Dame would never agreed to join the Big East in football if forced, however, the same result will most likely occur anyway.
If the BCS AQ is gone along with the likely replacement of a plus one with four teams from the top four college conference champions In a playoff, Notre Dame is most likely going to jump to the same situation the Big East tried for some many years to avoid .
Maybe Notre Dame would have jumped anyway, however , at least the Big East officials could have looked back and said we tried to force the situation. Now all they can do is look back and think about the what if.
Is there really any difference football wise with a future expanded ACC that will most likely include an 8 team northern division of Notre Dame?, UConn?, Boston College, Syracuse, Pitt, Maryland, Virginia, Va Tech compared to a nine member Big East football conference that could have contained the U of Miami, Notre Dame, Pitt, WVU, Va Tech, Syracuse, UConn, Boston College, Rutgers.
Maybe Miami would have bolted anyway to the ACC to be with Florida State?
The odds would have surely been better to have kept Miami with Notre Dame in the mix. The Big East may have been able to convince Florida State to join Miami and not the other way around.
What the Big East basketball only schools have to look back on with a possibly of regret is they will be regulated to non power conference regardless of SOS with basketball.
Was it worth to protect and allow Notre Dame special status? It may not have mattered anyway but they could have stated we tried to remain a power conference.
It is unfortunate a group of basketball schools run by basketball orientated people just did not get or understand the power that college football will have on all future conference alignment decisions.
The B-12 should just put the BE out of its AQ misery and take BYU, L'Ville, Rutgers, and UConn. It will give them a foothold in the Northeast TV market and a strong program on the western flank with BYU. If BYU continues to be unreasonable in their demands in the negotiations replace them with Cinn. Boise and SDSU would certainly head back to the MWC then.
B-12 - Current members plus Rutgers, L'Ville, Cinn, UConn.
MWC - All Sports - Air Force, UNLV, Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico, Fresno, Wyoming, Col. St, Boise, SDSU, BYU, Utah St or SJST.
BE- Army, Navy FB only, SMU, Houston, UCF, USF, Temple, UMass, Villanova, Memphis, ECU, Marshall all sports.
BE BB only - ND, Providence, Marquette, G'town, St Johns, Seton Hall, DePaul.
B-12 only takes BYU and L'Ville get back to 12 teams and a Championship game to increase their TV contract money options.
BE FB - Rutgers, UConn, UCF, USF, Temple, SMU, Memphis, Houston - All Sports
Boise, SDSU, Navy, AF - FB only
BE BB - ND, Nova, G'town, SH, St Johns, Marquette, DePaul
MWC - Hawaii, Col.St, Wyoming, New Mex, Fresno, UNLV, Nevada, SJST, Utah St, LA Tech to kill the WAC for FB and to survive themselves since the Alliance has fallen apart. They may try to take two more teams to play a Championship game and cover themselves for full schedules since the BCS conferences are going to nine conference games for television contracts. The play for million dollar pay one and done games will be contracting if not drying up in the future.