fighting muskie wrote:
It would look really bad if the nBE did not give ECU full member status. It makes the conference look cheap and petty to not admit them when they are well within the footprint, bring the strongest football fan support, and their commitment to the Big East in its hour of need helped keep the conference alive. It would look particularly bad if Houston, SMU, UCF, Memphis, Tulane, or Tulsa (not an official member yet but soon will be) opposed the Pirates seeing as they seemed perfectly fine being on equal footing with them during their C-USA days.
The better solution to the Big East's numbers problem is to renegotiate terms with Navy--instead of football affiliate membership the Big East has an OOC scheduling alliance for 4-6 games a year between Navy and BE opponents on rotating a rotating basis. (i.e. year 1 playing UConn, Memphis, UCF, ECU, Houston, and Tulsa then year 2 playing Temple, Cincinnati, USF,Tulane, SMU, TBA BE member). This would give Navy more scheduling freedom and give them a chance to schedule a few weaker opponents to boost their bowl prospects.
I agree with you that it would be...shi**y of them not to give ECU a full sport invite especially after they said they would basically do it.
I actually have been thinking about Navy and agree that a scheduling alliance with them might work out for the best, that way they could add a true 12th member in the SW and have the TX/LA/OK/Memphis+#12 and a solid East division with the Old Big East+UCF/ECU.
IF Navy can convince Army to join up with them in their TV contract and take part in a scheduling alliance and get them to play 6 games a year pairing up opponents by geography UConn/Temple, UCF/USF, Houston/SMU, Tulsa/Memphis, Tulane/?Rice?SoMiss? and Cincy/ECU (worst pair but still) then they could easily get some money out of the Big East TV deal and have good schedules that help put them in and around some of the most populated areas of the country that would help their recruiting goals.
Yes they could still play Air Force and another Western opponent for recruiting, a MAC team, ND, plus a FCS school and obviously the Army/Navy game and boom there's their schedules for the next 10 years which should be good for them with more teams going to 9 game conference schedules and ND taking on more ACC games. Plus this benefits the Big East by helping their TV deal, and giving them a nationally respected program on the schedule that won't destroy them.
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