I dont see Creighton as a great media "add" to be honest. St. Louis would have been a much larger market, but lets be honest. We are talking about basketball games, so Media cannot be the primary motivator. Basketball is a major player in tournament and March Madness, but regular season basketball games are not the media pull that football regular season games are.
The Big East might have been more honest in keeping the name Catholic in their conference name, but they liked the recognition and the already-bought-and-paid-for image that Big East brings with it.
Richmond is a private school and VCU is a large public school and neither fit the mold for what the new Big East is. I can't imagine them adding those two teams.
Xavier - Jesuit
Creighton - Jesuit
DePaul - Vincentian
Villanova - Augustinian
Seton Hall - Private, Roman Catholic
Marquette - Jesuit
Butler - Private, Disciples of Christ
Georgetown - Jesuit
St: John's - Private, Vincentian
Providence - Private, Dominican
As I understand it, "private" schools have a board of directors, but a school that is just plain "Jesuit" or "Catholic" are under the direct control of the church. I don't see such a heavily Catholic conference adding Richmond (which is Private but Baptist) or VCU which is a state school. St. Louis is a Jesuit school, and Dayton is a Marianist school. They make more sense.
For those who don't know, Jesuit, Vincentian, Augustinian, Marianist, Delasallian schools are all Catholic. A Catholic could likely explain it better, but each of those names are societies of missionaries, as I understand it - each Catholic, but with various ideals and values, and run separately from Dioces. Think of the local catholic schools in your city. Some are run by the local catholic church (dioces) and some bear the name Jesuit or etc, meaning they are run by a separate organization.
All that to say, that I think if this conglomeration of school is going to add schools, St. Louis and Dayton make more sense, followed by other similar schools.
These schools are Jesuit (obviously some of these would never join the Big East): Boston College, Canisius, LeMoyne, Spring HIll, Holy Cross, Creighton, Fairfield, Fordham, Georgetown, Gonzaga, John Carroll, Loyola Marymount, Loyola - Chicago, Loyola - Maryland, Loyola - New Orleans, Marquette, Regis, Rockhurst, St. John's (MN), St. Joseph's, St. Peter's, St. Louis, Santa Clara, Seattle, Wheeling Jesuit, Xavier, Detroit-Mercy. San Francisco and Scranton.
These schools are Marianist: Chaminade (Honolulu), St. Mary's (TX), Dayton.
These schools are Delasallian: St. Mary's (MN), St. Mary's (CA), Christian Brothers (Memphis), LaSalle
These schools are Vincentian: DePaul, Niagara, St. Johns (NY)
These schools are Augustinian: Villanova, Merrimack
These schools are Archdioscene: Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, St. Anselm (NH), Stonehill, Thomas More, Catholic (DC), Mt. St. Mary, Notre Dame, St. Thomas (MN), St. Scholastica, DeSales, Dominican, Duquesne, Fontbonne (MO), Gannon (PA), Ohio Dominican, Quincy (IL), St. Bonaventure, St. Leo, Seton HIll, Siena, Dallas, Portland, San Diego, Incarnate Word, St. Francis (PA), St. Francis (NY).
So of all those, I really only see (based on school size, NCAA Division and geography) that you MIGHT add Canisius, Loyola Maryland, Loyola Chicago, Holy Cross, Fairfield, Fordham, St. Joseph's, St. Peter's, St. Bonaventure, LaSalle, Niagara, Duquesne. And to be honest, I dont think any of those bring what St. Louis and Dayton bring. Unless they could woo Boston College or Notre Dame, I dont see them adding past 12.
Thanks for the very informative post!
Personally, I don't think that the Big East(nice guys) wants to raid any one conference too hard. With that in mind....I feel the BE will only pick up Dayton or St. Louis this next year...in conjunction with one other team from another conference. My guess is St. Louis, because of their outlying distance from other A-10 schools. Which would keep them from being exiled from the other A-10 programs. Dayton is close enough to the other A-10 schools that they wouldn't feel left out or too far away.
The other team I believe is on the BE radar...is Loyola Md.
Within the next two years....I see Dayton and Duquesne.
I also believe that the BE will bring their numbers up to 18. Mostly because of the numbers that were in the BE previously. I think that the BE likes large numbers of high quality teams. This is also a chance to extend some money and opportunity to schools that would not usually have the chance to be involved.
Anyway....this is my first post here. And I would like to thank everyone for their efforts on this site. Makes for very interesting reading.