Friarfan, not sure this alignment is premature. The decision is already made baring any more defections.
First things first, Notre Dame moving to another conference would be a blessing in disquise. Notre Dame is not going to leave a good thing so the BE is stuck with the school. Any football or basketball school could easily replace Notre Dame and add as much value as Notre Dame without full football.
Maybe the ACC consideration of Notre Dame for all sports except football is a way to pay back the Big East for all the trouble they have caused. Taking Notre Dame off the Big East hands would really help the conference. Back to reality, Notre Dame stays in the BE.
Either make BC sign the high exit cost requirement form this month or replace them with South Florida as all sports member.
If the ACC needs and wants BC. let them have the school. Adding South Florida would create the same foot print as the ACC stretching from New England to Florida. Really think all conferences including the ACC is going looking at geography as the glue that unite and hold conferences together.
Not sure what BC will do if the ACC came calling. If they go to the ACC, the school could become another Penn State and lose geographical identity. If the ACC want another Big East team they better hurry or help pay millions of dollars in exit fees. Fool me once shame on the ACC fool me twice shame on the Big East.
Regardless, South Florida will probably become the 9th football member as 9 teams work great for football with 4 home and 4 away. If BC leaves add South Florida for all sports and Central Florida for football only for 9.
At this point losing BC or Notre Dame or both is not going to hurt the conference since either will not guarantee to keep the BCS bid and neither is no Miami including Notre Dame.
Back to basketball alignment. In a perfect world, aligning by fb and bb in 8 team divisions would be smart, however, really believe the conference is tying to make a future that does not include an eventual split.
Friar fan, a couple of modifications to the four team divisions that may make Villanova a little more happy. Having four divisions should not be bad for any school as each school would play the other 15 members at least once. This is very important for long term stability.
div 1: Depaul, Marquette, Louisville, Notre Dame
div 2: Pitt, Villanova, WVU, Cincy
div 3: Syracuse, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Rutgers
div 4: St John's, UConn, Providence, BC (or South Florida)
South Florida (all sports or football only dep on BC)
BC (or Central Florida as football only)