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Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Officials from what’s left of the Big East’s dwindling football membership had another conference call on Tuesday morning and there remains no specific timetable on adding UCF, but “appears an invitation is forthcoming” for the Knights, the league’s No. 1 target.

The presidents, chancellors and athletic directors continued to discuss potential expansion candidates. Among those mentioned were UCF, Air Force, Navy, Temple, Houston, SMU and Boise State, a league source told CBSSports.com.

While Commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement Monday the league would consider a model with 12 football members, part of Tuesday’s call was discussing the possibility of splitting the football and basketball conference into divisions, once the football side is replenished.

Navy, Air Force and Boise State are being considered as football members only, while UCF, Temple, Houston and SMU are at the top of the list as all-sports members so it’s unknown right now how large the basketball membership could grow.

The Newark Star-Ledger reported one proposed alignment discussed at Tuesday’s meeting consisted of Rutgers, UConn, South Florida, UCF, Temple and Navy in an East Division with West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, Air Force, SMU and Houston in a West Division.

However, there remains the very real possibility Louisville and West Virginia may not be in the league and bound for the Big 12 if Missouri leaves for the SEC or the Big 12 expands to 12 teams.

What make Temple, SMU and Houston attractive to the Big East, one source said, is their respective television markets. Philadelphia (Temple) is the nation’s No. 4 market, Dallas (SMU) is No. 5 and Houston is No. 10.

Beyond Navy, Air Force and UCF, a league source said “no one team is definitely next” as an expansion candidate.

There also appears to be conflicting opinions on pursuing Boise State. Some league members support adding Boise State because of the Broncos’ recent success, which would help the league with its future BCS status. However, others believe Boise State, located nearly 700 miles west of Air Force and nearly 2,200 miles from Tampa/USF, is simply too far to consider.

Boise State president Bob Kustra said in a statement Monday that the Broncos “are looking forward to their inaugural season” in the Mountain West Conference and he “has great confidence in the future direction of the Mountain West.”

“While we are certainly flattered to be mentioned in connection with other conferences and we hold those leagues in high regard, our current focus is on continuing to build the outstanding athletic programs that have helped make Boise State a popular and compelling national brand," Kustra said.

“The landscape of college athletics is exceptionally fluid, and we are continuing to monitor the situation. We are confident that Boise State will be well positioned for future success, and we will evaluate our status with the best interests of the entire university in mind. Boise State’s athletic achievements, academic and research successes, popularity, and vision for future growth make the university an extremely valuable conference partner.”

A league source also told CBSSports.com that Army is no longer being considered as a candidate by the Big East. “They’ve been honest with us and that they’re not interested because of the challenges they had previously in Conference USA,” the source said.

Army was in C-USA from 1998-2004. The Cadets were 9-41 in C-USA play and finished last in the league five of the seven seasons.

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hunterxhunter
Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:56 am
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Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:30 am
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

I simply pointed out that your 'stats' were no big deal and irrelevant.

You said WVU equalled 3 SEC schools in total yards vs LSU...I said it's because WVU threw as much as 3 SEC schools vs LSU.  Looks like a wash to me.
To make all those attempts means you have no running game (or at least that night....and you're behind in the scoreboard)...all night.

Not a dig at all....at you or West Virginia.  There you go again...taking everything I say personal...relax bb.  Get that BP checked man.  I'm thinking we're going to have to meet somewhere between Erie and Olean and have lunch a few beers together.




Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:03 am
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

MSU + UK + UF  = 31 of 66 passing - completion / attempts...

Geno Smith = 38 of 65 passing - completions / attempts...

So what?  All you have shown is that Geno had one more passing attempt than the three SEC schools combined.  Is this your lame attempt at another dig?  When I saw this post, it just reinforced what I saw with my own eyes.  The defense lauded as one of the greatest in all the land couldn't get WVU off the field.  To have all of those attempts... you gotta be making plays...

If one of the best defenses in the SEC couldn't stop their passing game, exactly which team would?





Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:52 am
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

BSU will go to Big12 after Missouri leaves!



Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:05 am
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

I like the UCF move for a good rivalry with USF, SMU is a sleeping giant that the BigEast may well awaken and the Houston rivalry has good potential as well, I think the BE MUST take ECU as well that would be good for the conference to get a school in NCarolina that actually cares about football and doesn't have to answer to tobacco road, and the BigEast can give the ACC a lil "take that" in their own front yard. They also work well as a potential nice rival for WVU since sPitt is finally tucking tail. The big issue with the new teams will be keeping them, the new buyouts for the BigEast needs to be the new version of the death penalty or this will all be in vain in a few years.



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:47 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

As a UCF fan I believe that ECU also deserves to part of a league with an AQ tag. Considering that they are kind of a rival over the last few years since we have been in the CUSA I have had the pleasure of familiarizing myself with their team and fans. They are bigger than their conference. They have a great fan base. I would love to see them join an AQ conference with us.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

Having Air Force move to the Big East is a big waste of taxpayer money!!  They will have to pay $5million to leave MWC and guess what, that will be you and me picking up the tab for that.  Then the cost of flying the team to the east coast for games will more than double what it costs them now and guess what, you and I will also pick up the tab for that.  The service academies could care less about spending tax payer money. 




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

WVU offense vs. LSU defense... 21 points, 533 yards. MSU, UK and UF combined total offense vs. LSU defense... 24 points, 561 yards.


MSU + UK + UF  = 31 of 66 passing - completion / attempts...

Geno Smith = 38 of 65 passing - completions / attempts...




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

Boise State would sell their soul to Satan to get into a B.C.S. Conference.

kmcc...you really think so?  See, I don't because then they are no longer the media darlings.  If they join a BCS conference and don't win it, they are just another school.  But, by being on top of their weak conference and historically getting a favorable early season ranking...the media loves them...it's a great story...

I think Boise likes that...they don't want a BCS conference...too much pressure then.  They can miklk this for what it's worth every year.

I'd love to see the PAC-12 call their bluff and invite them in.  Bet they find a reason to say no.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:16 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

WVU offense vs. LSU defense... 21 points, 533 yards. MSU, UK and UF combined total offense vs. LSU defense... 24 points, 561 yards.


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