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Calhoun predicts Big East split in 4-5 years

Posted on: May 24, 2011 9:40 am
By Brett McMurphy, Senior Writer

PONTA VERDA BEACH, Fla. – UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun admits he likely won’t be coaching when it happens, but he still sees it coming. And it can’t be stopped.

Rapture? The end of the world? Not quite, but the end of the Big East Conference as we know it now.

“My own personal opinion – and I won't probably see this – in the next couple of years, four or five years down the road, I think you'll see a separation [of the football and non-football membership],” Calhoun said. “I think it's inevitable.”

The Big East currently has 16 members, including eight football members. Next season with the addition of TCU, that number inflates to 17 all-sport members and nine football members.

That number could increase even more in the next couple of years with the Big East looking to expand its football membership by as many as three teams, which conceivably could result in a behemoth 20 member conference, including 12 football members.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto has said the Big East’s 16-team basketball league could evolve into 20-teams, split into four pods of five teams or two 10-team divisions.

“If you go to 18 [members], oh boy,” Calhoun said. “We're talking about going to 17 [now and that] creates enough different issues.”

A split of the football and non-football schools has been speculated for some time, but league sources feel that would happen as only a last resort.

Calhoun, 68, said if the league split, the eight basketball members – DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova – would pursue some additional teams from the Atlantic 10, such as Xavier and Dayton.

“That’s what I think could happen,” Calhoun said.


Since: Oct 13, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 7:52 am

Calhoun predicts Big East split in 4-5 years

Emotions aside the fastest growing state school ']['emple is far and away the best choice.  Undue a wrong BE football schools and get ']['emple.   

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:31 am

Calhoun predicts Big East split in 4-5 years

Calhoun's an idiot

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:00 pm

Calhoun predicts Big East split in 4-5 years

Would prefer Marshall to SMU or Houston

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:42 pm

Calhoun predicts Big East split in 4-5 years

I think it makes perfect sense for the BE to get 3 more teams and split into a North - South Division in football.  The conferences would be;

1. Syracuse
2. UConn
3. West Virginia
4. Pitt
5. Cincy
6. Rutgers

1. Louisville
2. USF
3. TCU
4. UCF
5. East Carolina
6. SMU or Houston

A prefect match and not a bad travel schedule for each division.        

Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 3:54 pm

Calhoun predicts Big East split in 4-5 years

Sometimes you have to destroy in order to rebuild. The Big East(least) in football is on the verge of losing it's AQ status. If it was me, and im pretty sure 90% will tell me im retarded, I would indeed make the BigEast(least) the first super-conference. Go geograpically and somewhat historical and have all the schools compete in all sports across the board. Yes that will mean the conferece itself will have to help fund new stadiums..maybe...and Notre Dame would have to stop being so arrogant and even some school with have to create football programs but if they expect to survive what do they have to lose? Here how i think it should look.

16 team:

St Johns

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:43 pm

Calhoun predicts Big East split in 4-5 years

They would simply split the conference into "stand alone divisions" in the non football sports. Football members in one division and non football in the other as much as they can to make it split even. The split would be treated like it is in proffesional sports (AL NL in baseball; East West in NBA) and only compeate against eachother in championship games and maybe "interdivisional" games in which those games don't count against their conference record. This helps out on scheduling OOC competition as well and keeps the money within the Big East. It's not a simple solution but it's the best way to micro manage a conference of that size while keeping the schools with more in common together. 

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:04 pm

Calhoun predicts Big East split in 4-5 years

I agree that it could happen sooner than later.  However, I don't really know when it will happen. I am not sure if 17 would be enough to split.  I also agree that the eight non-football Big East members would pursue schools like Temple, Dayton, Xavier, St. Louis, and other Catholic schools.  They would probably create a Catholic school league of some sort.  I am not sure if the football schools are waiting on a split to invite more members or if the new members would cause the split.  Eight schools is enough to create a new conference.  Only time will tell if those schools want that to happen.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:27 pm

Calhoun predicts Big East split in 4-5 years

This is bad for the Big East.  All teams in the conference need to play all sports.  Conference rivlaries need to exist at all sports to help intensify the rivalries. I would add Villanova into the football. If ND would move into football then great, otherwise kick them out.  DePaul, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, and St Johns all need to get dropped. This wold leave you with:

UConn, Syracuse, West Virginia, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Rutgers,Cincinnati,South Florida, and maybe ND

I would probably dump South Florida, as that makes no geogrphical sense at, and replace them with Boston College. Yes - I know you hate them for leaving, but I think they have figured out that they dont belong in the ACC.

At this point you would have 9 - 10 teams.  I would then recruit 2-3 more teams to make it a 12 team conference. I could see a Big East East & West Division. East: BC, UConn, Syracuse, Villanova, Rutgers (Add 1) West: Louisville, Cincinnati,Pittsburgh,West Virginia, and maybe ND (Add 1-2). Teams for the East Spot to consider are: UNH, UMASS, Temple. Teams for the West Spot(s) to consider are: Penn St,Marshall,Buffalo

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