The BE will continue to fail because of the second class citizenship offers of FB only. The
BE leadership continues to make the same same mistakes under Providence pro-BB only
leadership and thinking. Think small and protect the Catholic segment of round ball.
Temple, Rutgers, VT, and WV were admitted as FB only's originally. VT and WV built their
programs, finally received all sports admittance, were rebuked on their efforts to build a strong
FB conference to match the BB strength of the conference, and left for greener pastures where
the conferences are for all sports with one common agenda rather than remaining in the lowest
paid BCS conference with three split agendas. Rutgers was left behind but still has one foot out
of the door with their bags packed now too. As a matter of fact Rutgers fired a shot across the
BE bow this week to express their dissatisfaction with BE management demanding $1.7 million for
the loss of a home game with TCU for letting them leave before ever playing a down in the BE.
Rutgers lost a home game with that decision and will only have 6 home games this year. In the mean
time BE management handed Villanova ( a Catholic school) $3 million dollars in tribute for not trying
to block Temple for all sports on their re-admittance to the BE. It is disguised as front money for
continued studies to join for D1 FB and to try to bring Nova in as a future FB member in an 18k
seat soccer stadium on a shoe string budget within the next 3 years without paying admittance fees.
A return to an issue that was already shot down by the departing FB schools and one of the reasons
they are leaving. Once again the pro BB faction will continue to repeat their mistakes.
Boise and SDSU will tire of second class status while they continue to build their FB programs and will
eventually take the first offer out of this league to reunite their sports programs in one league down the
road in a more lucrative environment even if they take their FB success back to the MWC and make it a
stronger FB conference than the BE. Finally in dealing with the Temple issues, Temple would never have
been kicked out of the BE before if they would have been admitted as all sports members when VT, Rutgers,
and WV were moved up to all sports members. Their BB and Olympic sports are strong and would have carried
value through the lean FB years like Duke in the ACC and Vanderbilt in the ACC.
I think i'm with ya.
There's no reason things needed to play out the way they did, with the Big East getting to pick the schools they wanted. While the +1 playoff talks didn't pick up steam until weeks ago, you gotta think that the schools themselves knew where the winds were blowing. If the BCS is out in favor of a playoff (4 schools), then the Big East will be on the outside.
So you have to ask yourself: if the Big East is essentially now 7 CUSA schools (4 new, 3 old), Boise St & SDSU for football only from the MWC, Navy as FB only from independent status, and Temple from the A10/MAC,...and only ONE original Big East football program, Rutgers, who was FB only originally...and an FCS upgrade in UConn...why didn't the other conferences have more vision.
For instance, CUSA could have just invited UL, Cincy and USF back and extended FB-only invites to Rutgers and Uconn. Throw in either Boise St. or Temple for FB only as well, and CUSA would have absorbed the Big East football "spot" at whatever table existed.
Instead, CUSA lost 4 schools, MWC lost 2. The Big East was down to 5 members while CUSA and the MWC had stability. Instead, the CHANCE of BCS money got any and all CUSA and MWC schools to consider jumping, 6 of which did. Unreal.
Now the Big East appears out of the major status club, has only 1 original Big East member (not even an all-sports original member from when BE football started).
I like your CUSA plan as an option too.
BYU and L'Ville in all likely hood are going to end up in the B-12.
CUSA remains in tact and picks up Rutgers, USF, Cinn, and UConn - Good FB conference - great BB conference with the addition of UConn and Cinn joining Memphis in the league.
MWC stays in tact - Boise, SDSU, Nevada, UNLV, N Mex, Hawaii, Air Force, Col. St, Wyoming, Fresno, + 2 if they want to get to 12 and a Championship Game. Great FB and BB.
BE BB only's stay in tact with ND and drop to deserving A-10 status after having so much at stake and continuing to bungle it with round ball, think small FB, and a three headed monster agenda mentality (BB only's, FB schools, and ND). Continued Providence small time thinking / leadership has failed this conference. The conference continued to hand the Commissioners job done to Providence people instead of going out to get big time expansion and TV contract thinkers and leaders the way the other BCS Power Conferences did over the years.
Temple stays in the MAC with UMass moving up to stay at 14 for FB 12 for other sports. IF Temple and UMass would enter for all sports down the road they would help to strengthen this conference over all for BB and east coast exposure for TV contracts.
Navy, Army, and ND remain independent in FB with their other sports remaining in the BE and Patriot Leagues where they can remain competitive for BB and Olympic Sports.
With all of the transition the WAC is the only conference left on life support. If two FB schools are taken for the MWC, the remaining FB schools can join the Sunbelt or go independent playing Army and Navy routinely until something else shakes out in the future. The WAC if it survives with Denver and Seattle becomes a BB and Olympic Sports Conference with homes for the left out Western Independents for FB and which ever other BB / Olympic Sport schools they can land. That or go the way of the SWC in to oblivion.