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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: May 16, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:49 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

Brunatar, I wouldn't call that a superconference.  That is a giant pile of mediocrity actually.  If it weren't for TX/OK, the MWC would almost be able to take over the Big 12's "power conference" or "BCS" status!



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:46 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

I can see these schools going Ind. in football and leaving the basketball intact - without the BCS auto there is zero reason to stay together



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:45 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

Since the Big East met and decided to "aggressively pusue expansion", they have LOST another member and added nobody.  Now, the remaining members are forced to wait ny the phone for the first offer that comes along.  Fact is, if they were to get a call from Conference USA, they may want to strongly consider accepting it.  The Big East will not be playing football in 2012.  They have done nothing to stop the carnage and it is too late now.  Why not sign ECU, since they're desparate to join now (and that probably won't be the case for long).  Also, sign Memphis.  They are a ready-made basketball power and play in the Liberty Bowl stadium.  Memphis would be a great destination city for Big East fans and Memphis is a great rival of Louisville and Cincinnati.  I also like UCF.  They have nice new facilities, an enormous student body, and Orlando as a destination city - hello???



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:41 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

The Big East is in dire trouble and if they cannot retain WVU and UConn, you can start frying the eggs and bacon as the toast will be done.  The ACC should nab WVU and UConn, assuming ND stands pat in its typical greed and avarice mode. If ND gets over its Midas mind set and joins the ACC then you can drop UConn.  The only conference having a slight interest in Rutgers...and they are welcome to the JUCO type of organization, is the BIG.  Having said that, why would the stodgy BIG want Rutgers...it can not be because they believe the school can draw more than flies of the NYC media market. The only reason fathomable is that Rutgers would make good cannon fodder for PSU and give them a rival (of sorts) that the egotist Paterno blew when forsaking Pitt, WVU, and Syracuse.  On second thought, perhaps the ACC should consider accepting an application from PSU and WVU and dropping both UConn and ND. This would make the ACC second to none once you get by PSU horrific basketball program. 



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:38 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

The current schools with football programs are going to seek to protect their status in an AQ league. With every defection, the Big East looks less and less like a tenable home for football.

What the Big East needs to do is go back to its roots and look towards the future as a basketball conference. Keep the basketball only schools, add a few from the A 10 and then negotiate a deal with ESPN to ensure the league retains its spot on Big Monday and continues to broadcast its conference tournament. There are still enough major markets available that ESPN will make that deal.

If this is done, then I believe that college basketball in its current form will continue to exist. The Big East could then command as much swag as these superconferences in basketball that are being formed. On equal footing, any potential push by the superconferences to form their own national basketball championship would be extremely probelmatic - thereby preserving the NCAA Tournament. Mid-majors across the US should be hoping this scenario plays out as well.



Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:35 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

I want the Big East to succeed, but not at the expense of the Big12. TCU to the Big12 was the only Legit transfer this year. They had no business in the EAST. Scew MIZZOU, what a joke, just stay in the Big12. The Big10 didn't want you and either will the SEC, Screw A&M also for starting all this current realignment mess!!



Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:34 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

I want the Big East to succeed, but not at the expense of the Big12. TCU to the Big12 was the only Legit transfer this year. They had no business in the EAST. Scew MIZZOU, what a joke, just stay in the Big12. The Big10 didn't want you and either will the SEC, Screw A&M also for starting all this current realignment mess!!



Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:33 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

I want the Big East to succeed, but not at the expense of the Big12. TCU to the Big12 was the only Legit transfer this year. They had no business in the EAST. Scew MIZZOU, what a joke, just stay in the Big12. The Big10 didn't want you and either will the SEC, Screw A&M also for starting all this current realignment mess!!



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:29 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

Everyone pretty much assumed only one of the Big East and ACC could survive the storm to come from the beginning.  The ACC struck first, and that may have been enough.



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:26 pm
 

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

If its true and TCU is coming to the Big Twelve and assuming Missouri stays, I think the Big Twelve should ask the rest of the Big East Football schools (Connecticut, Rutgers, West Virginia, Louisville, South Florida and Cincinnati) except for Rutgers (let the B1G have them) and BYU and win the race to the 1st super conference. Wouldn't that be ironic?


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