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The Big East is standing still, getting killed

Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2011 12:05 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

The next move in the ongoing game of conference realignment has been made.

And the Big 12 made it.

Which is why the Big 12 seems poised to survive in this eat-or-be-eaten world of college athletics while the Big East continues to get picked apart by anybody and everybody. Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced last month that they're leaving for the ACC; that took the Big East down to seven football-playing schools. Now TCU, according to my colleague Brett McMurphy, is headed to the Big 12 and leaving the Big East with just six football-playing schools ... at least one of which (Connecticut) has made it clear it would like to find a new home, too. Meantime, the Big East has done nothing of note. The league is just sitting there taking punches to the face, one after another, and, consequently, sooner or later, it'll be down for the count and in no position to adequately recover.

The possible additions of Army and Navy won't fix the Big East's problems.

At this point, I can't imagine anything really will.

What the Big East should've done is tried to take advantage of the Big 12's turmoil last month and offered invitations to any Midwest school willing to leave the Texas-Oklahoma fight behind. It might not have worked, obviously. But if we've learned anything over the past few years it's that one way to strengthen yourself is to damage the competition, and that's something the ACC highlighted when it targeted Pittsburgh and Syracuse. The Big 12, under new leadership, also understands this approach. But the Big East never has and apparently never will. So it can add Army and Navy if it wants, and perhaps East Carolina, Temple, UCF and SMU, too. But the decision to be reactive rather than proactive has put the Big East in a nearly impossible situation, and, truth be told, the storied league has only itself to blame.
Comments

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:31 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

IMO If the Big East dissolve as a football conference, it will continue as a basketball conference. It may invite teams like VCU, Butler, and or Temple (basketball and other sports only) to help make the conference stronger.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 8:45 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

How many games have you 2 won in college? Relax kids...its the school you like. NOT you doing the winning....you're just clowns who live in moms basement...chill out....this stuff goes in cycles...doubt any SEC team could hang with Winconsin this year. ALso..Fl State is on its way back. Once the SEC starts getting caught cheating...all will balance out...til then...keep those dunce caps on and pound your chest..like its YOU giving the effort.




Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 7:43 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

...and those 1927 Yankees were really good too
How is Georgia doing by the way?  Win their bowl game last year?



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 6:31 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

1952 Orange Bowl
1956 Cotton Bowl
1958 Orange Bowl
1959 Cotton Bowl
1964 Sugar Bowl
1987 Sugar Bowl
1992 Fiesta Bowl
1997 Fiesta Bowl
1998 Orange Bowl



...and those 1927 Yankees were really good too



Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 5:45 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

Actually those two belong to Emperor Delaney & Swofford wasn't about to cross him. The ACC is too vulnerable itself.



Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 5:44 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

Oh, OK, sure.



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 5:35 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

I would hate to see teams like Georgetown and Villanova go down hill. I wouldn't be suprised if a lot of the recruits who verbally commited to some Big East teams backed out and decommited.



Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 5:26 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

At this point the Big East just needs to hope that the Big 12 does not turn around and raid them again for Louisville and West Virginia or Louisville, West Virginia and Cincy. The Big 12 and Big East have some interesting decisions to make but the move gives the Big 12 a clear advantage, at least for today. Not to say tomorrow won't bring a whole new story. I mean, the PAC 12 could decide to let Texas keep LHN and take four from the Big 12 over night, who knows.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 5:15 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed


ACC loses Virginia Tech and Florida State to SEC,
Stopped reading here. Virginia Tech has no interest in the SEC.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:57 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

WTF makes syracuse a BCS type team, have they ever even played in a BCS game? What a joke
1952 Orange Bowl
1956 Cotton Bowl
1958 Orange Bowl
1959 Cotton Bowl
1964 Sugar Bowl
1987 Sugar Bowl
1992 Fiesta Bowl
1997 Fiesta Bowl
1998 Orange Bowl


The last of which was when the BCS actually started.  But yeah, they generally are in a big boy bowl once or twice a decade.  Not sure who you cheer for, but I doubt they are as fortunate.


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