Article out of Hartford discussing yesterday's BE FB media day and future of the BE at http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-foo ... 218.column
It is interesting both the Big Ten and Pac 12 always have had GOR already signed for previous and future years . No wonder there was never any serious talk of Penn State moving back to the Big East as this could never have been an option with signed GORs by Penn State to the Big Ten.
The Big Ten commissioner refers to the chicken and egg analogy when referring to the Big Ten GOR that surprising has been around for half a century in the Big Ten. I see this point because you have to have schools that truly want to be together that are willing to sign such a water tight agreement. The Big 12 is a prime example and could not have got GOR sighed until disgruntle schools of Texas A&M and Nebraska had moved onto other leagues. Once there were 10 schools that were truly willing to want to be in the same league together for a period of time could the Big 12 acquired the signing of the GOR.
Everyone keeps stating the benefits of the new projected Big East contact will very good, however, this is not the primary reason Big East schools will remain together. The primary concern is the lack of having a marquee football program. This is the concern that occurred after the first ACC raid and continues to plague the Big East today.
While revenue is an important piece of the puzzle to ensure facility upgrade continue and high profile coaches can be maintained, the Big East is not going to stabilize to the point of getting schools willing to sign GOR by just having a solid TV contract.
The SEC has multiple marquee football programs with Alabama and LSU currently at the top of the heap. This is the most likely reason the SEC has not bothered with signing of GOR.
The Pac 12 has USC as its marquee football program.
The Big Ten has Ohio State and Michigan as the marquee programs.
The Big 12 has Texas and Oklahoma as their dynamic marquee duo programs.
Any of the above schools are enough for any league to ensure stability and the sighing of GORs because all are considered Marquee schools.
Marquee are schools that can in most years be considered in discussions to play for the BCS national championship.
As much as the ACC has been down for about the last two decades in football, Miami and Florida State do have the ability to claim marquee status. It is the primary reason the ACC raided the Big East in the first place to still the Big East marquee program and deal the competing conference a fatal blow.
Boise State is a good football program and probably on similar par with West Virginia, both of these school are by no means considered marquee football programs. There was a majors reason that West Virginia left the Big East for the Big 12 to ensure future stability because the Big 12 contained these marquee type programs.
The only way the Big East football schools should ever sign over GOR would be if Notre Dame joined as full football member. Notre Dame is the only remaining potential marquee program out there not in one of the current so called power leagues.
Other than the very powerful SEC with multiple marquee football programs that could risk losing a couple of these type of programs, the Big Ten, Pac 12, and Big 12 all have sighed GOR.
Ironically, the ACC and Big East which are two of weakest leagues formally part of the BCS have not been able to get GOR sighed.
It is interesting that both of these leagues continue to be rumored targets of other leagues wanting to expand. I can’t see members of either of these leagues willing to sign GOR unless Notre Dame joins either league as a full football member
In today’s high stakes world of college football, Notre Dame may not have the clout to be considered a marquee program if the school does not make some quick progress in the next few years. The ACC has chance for both Florida State and Miami to improve back to old days of glory, the Big East just does not have a school remotely possible unless Notre Dame joins as full football member.
It would be foolish for a school such as Louisville, UConn, or Rutgers to sigh over GOR and risk the opportunity to join a league with marquee programs regardless of how good the new TV contract generates in future revenue.