What should the Big East football schools do to ensure football stability?
I no longer see the value of remaining with basketball schools and especially Notre Dame. Not that I ever understood this value of the Big East hybrid. With the new post season, Notre Dame no longer needs Big East bowl deals and for that reason the football schools no longer are helped by Notre Dame. This is assuming they were ever helped by Notre Dame for football which is very subjective.
Assuming basketball is only a fraction of the TV revenue conference generate and football is by far more percentage of conference revenue, it appears the basketball only schools need the football schools more than the football schools need basketball only markets. At the same time the basketball schools continue to allow Notre Dame a safe haven for all sports and at the same time Notre Dame is allowed to work out bowl deals with the Big East arch enemy the ACC.
Less face it, the ACC caused as much harm in the recent raid of Syracuse to the basketball only schools as it did to the football schools, yet, both group of schools allow Notre Dame to sleep with the enemy.
It is time this nonsense stops.
I think the current new 10 all sports football members along with San Diego State and Boise State should bolt and form a new 16 member all sports league with an eight member eastern division and eight member western division.
East: UConn, Rutgers, Temple, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, UCF, USF
West: Houston, SMU, Boise State, San Diego, UNLV?, New Mexico?, Colorado State?, BYU?
You have to believe BYU is going to be hurt by the power conferences going to 9 team schedules and others forming scheduling alliance, BYU is just not going to be able to remain independent. BYU is not Notre Dame.
If the above took place, the MWC would have no other choice by take the remaining WAC schools just to have enough members to qualify as a league (i.e. New Mexico State, Idaho).
The new league could work with the WAC to use that name and the NCAA automatic bids that go along with the league to house the 16 member league.
By creating a solid eight member western division of fairly good traveling football schools, the new league could try to work out a deal with the Fiesta Bowl which has already lost the Big 12. In years the Fiesta Bowl is hosting a semi final game, the league champions could go to the Las Vegas bowl or possibly work out a deal with the Orange bowl.
If the Fiesta Bowl were willing to consider taking the champion of this league would go a long way toward bringing respectability back to the formal Big East schools that did not land in one of the new power conferences.
Securing an bid to host BCS bowl game is just not going to happen with the current structure of the hybrid Big East with only a few football only schools out west where a host BCS bowl is much more likely.
So your kicking Navy to the curb too? Besides Navy has no desire to pull their other Olympic sports and BB from the Patriot League where they are somewhat competitive to get clobbered in the BE as an all sports member.
If the FB schools leave they would have to pay out $10 million a piece. Currently with 13 FB schools in the fold the exit fee would be $130 million plus millions in earned BB credits for them to leave as a group. The FB schools are not going to walk away and pay out that kind fee to do so. As long as ND which joined for everything but FB remains in the BE they will side with the rest of the Catholic schools giving them a virtual block and lock on the hybrid and the FB schools will bide their time waiting for deals similar to what WV, VT, Syracuse, BC, and Miami received to leave. ND is even trying to negotiate their way out of the BE by playing the B-12 against the ACC to get what they want from the ACC. Basically they want the same deal they have with the BE but will settle for 3 - 4 ACC FB games in the end. Trouble is the ACC is having no part of it with out a definite drop dead date to join for all sports further down the line. The BE started as an I-95 BB league with FB independents Syracuse and BC. Pitt joined a year later but the FB remained independent like the rest of the major NE FB schools. The true hybrid was pieced together to appease Pitt, BC, and Syracuse when independents joined all sports conferences for better TV and Bowl deals. VT, WV, Rutgers, Temple, joined for FB only and Miami joined for all sports so the BE could get their FB program. It took years for VT, WV, and Rutgers to become all sports members while Temple remained the red haired step child until they were kicked out. They were only readmitted as an all sports program over Nova's protests this time because they had the edge in the negotiation with the BE needing their FB program for this year. The BE will remain in its current hybrid form until ND leaves. Then and only then will the FB schools begin to get the upper hand in the BE and it is doubtful that they will kick the NE BB schools to the curb with their TV markets then either. The BE is the intermediary between the have not's on the bottom of the pecking order and the all sport big boy conferences on top. As long as they can hold that position they will be fine. At best the BE Hybrid without ND will probably look like this:
East: Rutgers, UConn, Temple, L'Ville, Cinn, UCF, USF - all sports.
West: BYU, Boise, SDSU, SMU, Houston, Memphis - all sports + Navy FB only
Catholic BB/Olympic/D1AA FB - St Johns, Providence, Nova, G'town, Seton Hall, Marquette, DePaul
Not a bad conference at that with decent TV contracts, a Championship Game, and 8 or 9 bowl tie in's along with shots at annual revolving play in the Orange and Fiesta Bowls depending on whether the BE Champion came from the East or West Division. On the BB side you loose ND and get BYU, Boise, and SDSU for a net gain of only 2 more mouths to feed at the at the NCAA BB credit table. The gain of BYU and SDSU should bring in more than enough BB TV revenue to make up for the net 2 gain in BB distribution dollars. The East, West, and Catholic factions can play double round robin in BB and Olympic sports and have a rotation system for a few additional conference games to cut down on travel costs. For the BE tournament at the end of the BB season have the bottom 8 teams match up for a play in round before the tournament and then send the 4 winners plus the 13 top teams to Madison Square Garden for the Tournament. Not a bad Hybrid if you work all the positive positions of the Hybrid BE to the max. This situation works too if ND decides to stay and works with the BE on better bowls scheduling 3 FB games with BE teams a year. They technically would only have to pick up 2 games a year as they play Navy annually any way, and might only need one additional game per year with a rotating BE team if they continue to work on the BYU long term scheduling contract for a late season game when the other top conferences kick into their conference schedules. There are so many avenues to take if you really sit down and work out the positive angles to this Hybrid. Perhaps the new outside Commissioner with out of the box thinking capabilities, football mentality, and TV contract experience can mesh the great football potential of this league with its top notch BB potential to make and keep this conference among the top BIG SIX CONFERENCES in collegiate sports.