Fresno St. Alum wrote:
How bad does the loss of UConn and Rutgers hurt the BE deal, I think pretty bad. They need to have signed days months years ago, there isn't going to be anyone left when they finally get it signed. So will they just add 1 western school for 12 or 3 total schools to get to 14, like ECU, AFA, Fresno?
I think it completely jeopardizes the television deal if not the very stability of the conference. If this move comes to pass and the Big East loses UConn and Rutgers we're talking about a Big East that no longer has any members that tie together the basketball faction and football faction except maybe Temple and that may not even be true as Villanova has zero affinity to their state school counterpart. It's a Big East with only one football school in the old northeastern footprint. Also, with blood already in the water, who's to say that the Big 12 won't step in and take what they can pick from the Big East carcass. If the Catholic basketball schools "file for divorce" from the hodgepodge of far flung football schools the Big East has accumulated then this conference is in serious trouble. I think we are very likely to see the football faction create a rebooted version of the original C-USA with whoever is left behind from the B1G/ACC/Big 12 raids and the top schools/tv markets in the current 14-member C-USA---let's call it the Metro Conference.