Big East Expansion: Louisville, UConn Rumors Joined By Boise State Hesitation?http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/2 ... nment-news
BSU and Lville are obvious but here is UConn...
"Connecticut's governor is calling for UConn and the Boston College Eagles to resume their rivalry. As Eagle In Atlanta points out, considering the ACC's nine-game schedule, that could be a clever call for the two to be in the same conference."
Eventually, I do see the ACC inviting two out of Notre Dame, UConn, and Rutgers. All three fit the academic profile of the ACC institutions and expand their geographic footprint along with their prestige. Of course the prize out of all realignment is who lands Notre Dame and the ACC has positioned itself to have as good a chance as the Big Ten in being able to court the Irish. In the end, I think it will all come down to how ND feels about maintaining their traditional rivalries, being able to cut ties to independence after having it for over a century, and, of course, money.
Notre Dame is a fickle lady and they could just as easily tell the ACC "thanks but no" seeing as how if they would join the league for all-sports they would likely have to end their yearly rivalries with all but a couple of USC, Stanford, Purdue, Michigan State, Michigan, and Navy.
The ACC is likely just waiting for the Big 12 to make their move in when and if they will expand back to 12 before they poach more teams from the Big East. Say once the Big 12 decided to move and they invite Louisville and Cincinnati (since the FSU/Clemson rumor is bunk and BYU likely isn't being invited) then the rest of the Big East is ripe for the picking. In the case of two schools leaving the Big East, Boise likely decides to move back to the MWC and Navy back to being an independent. SDSU could perhaps even look to returning to the MWC if that plays out.
Then you have UConn and Rutgers sitting there. If Notre Dame rejects the ACC then the Huskies and Scarlet Knights will probably be promptly invited. In that case, the ACC would become the preeminent basketball conference with NYC as the possible home of the conference's basketball tournament. A tourney featuring UConn, Syracuse, Pitt, UNC, & Duke would fetch major money and could lead to the ACC restructuring their television deal based on that alone.
In that scenario, the Big East is destroyed as a football league. Temple, Memphis, Houston, SMU, UCF, & USF would then be searching for homes for their athletics and that's a whole new can of worms to open.