The more I read about the Big East, the more I see two very opposing forces. Not basketball vs football, but "What's going on in the Big East vs Accuracy of Reporting."
And I'm thinking most of this is a load of crap. I don't dispute the Big East basketball schools met to talk about the direction and the future. But everything that is being reported sounds like "They Don't Know."
Which makes me ask "WHO doesn't know? The SCHOOLS who are involved in all these discussions AND DECISIONS? Or the REPORTERS finding this story, who aren't involved in these discussions/decisions?"
Once the 7 schools realized that they just added a very bad basketball program on top of the other poorer programs they've added, and that come next year, they are out of the mix on everything regarding control, they need to evaluate everything now.
That's exactly what makes no sense.
-- The Big East basketball schools are upset about adding Tulane, as if they are passengers along for the conference ride? They are active voting members which had to cast a vote for or against Tulane.
-- Worried about what Tulane will do to their RPI?
The Big East has been brilliantly manipulating the RPI for years. The idea that its members don't understand the role of conference play in RPI is insane. Tulane basically did what Providence did last season:
Providence: 11-2 OOC, .4139 OOC SOS (#331) -- Total SOS: .5295
Tulane 10-2 OOC, .4052 OOC SOS (#340) -- Total SOS: .4690
Being in the Big East ALONE raised Providence's SOS helped 0.0605 (or about 56 RPI places). Granted, it's not going to be the same Big East. But that's not the point. It doesn't matter WHO is in your conference, if you all go 10-2 OOC, you are golden. That's 160-32 OOC, better than the Big East in 2011-12 (153-47).
That's exactly what you want from your conference rivals: "Beat the crap out of everyone OOC to help our RPIs, but lose to us so we can go dancing."
The RPI is math. And can be rigged. And the Big East Basketball Seven know it. Because no one has done it more than them.
What is amazing is that the 7 schools have no clue if Temple's vote is for football decisions only or all decisions. So they might have dropped the ball on that one and given up voting control with the Temple addition. So if the 7 want to leave, it is likely that they will have to forfeit all Big East money and the Big East name.
That's not accurate. The story says: "One Big East source
said Temple has a vote on football issues but wasn't sure whether the Owls could use that vote for membership."
It's the SOURCE that doesn't know. And that's what I mean here: How much can we trust these sources when they don't know if Temple has a vote or not?
The idea that the longest-tenured schools in the league are the ones who don't know their own conference rules? St. John's, Providence, Seton Hall, and Georgetown have been in the conference since 1979 and Nova since 1980. They should have a firm understanding by now. Even if Marquette and DePaul don't, look around the damned table: How many hands went up for Tulane?
If Temple was confused on the Big East by-laws, that would make some sense. They're realitively unique in this alignment. Everyone else joined all-in on one date. Is Temple a full member now, with the rest of their sports a year from competing? Or are they a partial member now, and a full member once those sports move?
It's also ridiculously poor journalism to say "A source doesn't know if Temple is a full voting member" and have no reference to what happened when the reporter CALLED THE BIG EAST AND ASKED. Don't you think the conference would answer? They don't want to look like idiots who don't know their own rules!
Finally, let me go a little Oliver Stone:
Wouldn't it make a TON of sense if TEMPLE was "the Big East source" here?
They have the most to gain from a basketball/football split -- usurping their bitter rival Villanova as Philly's top dawg. They have no loyalties to anyone in the league, a long-standing contentious relationship with the Big East Basketball Original Five Catholic Schools who've tried to make them lesser-class since the 1980s.
It also explains how the inexplicable "The source doesn't know about Temple's status" with no questions asked/answered line is in the story: throws people off the scent that they are the source.