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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.

Comments

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

As a Mountaineer fan, I feel like a rejected boyfriend only because I am not rich enough.  Not because we are not good enough for any conference.  Real collegiate spirit.  Additionally, I am troubled by what was intimated by the BC AD, that ESPN insigated the thought of inviting Pitt and Sryacuse!!!  Mmmm!?



Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

Boise State would sell their soul to Satan to get into a B.C.S. Conference. All of these athletic directors have been lying through their teeth, saying one thing one day and stabbing someone in the back the next, and Boise State is no different.



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions


I thinking that the Big East should just drop football and concentrate on keeping it a strong basketball and non-revenue sports conference.

Pitt and SU are gone to the ACC.

There are rumors of U of L, Cincy and WVU moving on as well...where?  Your guess is as good as mine.  We all have heard the UConn and Rutgets proposals too.  This will one...virtually eliminate just about every football school.  So, what's left...basketball.  Where the conference made it's name in the first place.

You'll have many of the original schools...Providence, G'town, Seton Hall, St. John's, Nova...you still have Marquette, ND, USF and DePaul.  A manageable basketball conference.  Yes?




Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

Your blaming Pitt and Syracuse for ruinning this conference.  UCONN, I repreat, freaking UCONN, represented this conference in the BCS last year.  This conference was already ruined.  Hence Pitt and Syracuse left.  They didn't do the damage they were just the first ones to acknowledge it.



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

Oh god...and they'd kill Ohio State too!!!   (Again)...


AND????? What the hell does that have to do with ANYTHING????? At this point Kentucky and Vanderbilt would roll over OSU too.

 



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

And I am NOT a WVU fan.... 
Oh god...and they'd kill Ohio State too!!!   (Again)...



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

Gasman, why do you think I am bitter? Because I call you out on your BS? That is good stuff. I never said I think WVU is going to the SEC. You gone stupid on me? I said WVU fans want to be in the SEC, if this is the case, then why would these fans be worried about BSU? You tried to make a dig, and you failed. You make another stupid comment saying WVU would get killed in the SEC. They were beat by one of the best teams in the country, a team that just killed UF. A team that is likely to kill a lot of thei SEC ponents this year. You are looking pretty pathetic. We'll see what happens to WVU. Thankfully, their future will not be controlled by your infinite wisdom.



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

You know what's even funnier bb....nobody wants WVU...Y'all think you're going to the SEC.  You get real...WVU is right where they belong.  They'd get killed in the SEC.  We already proved that!  Sorry you're so bitter bro! 

That argument is weak as hell....

LSU beat WV 47-21
LSU beat SEC member Florida 41-11
LSU beat SEC member Kentucky 35-7


They'd get killed? Just like the majority of the rest of the SEC against LSU this year. The only challenge in the SEC that LSU has this year is Alabama.... LSU is just THAT good. WVU would fit in the SEC quite well if the Mountaineers and the SEC decide to go in that direction. 

And I am NOT a WVU fan.... 



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

Boise State would be freakin' crazy to join the Big East...even as a football only school.
Note to Boise State...Call TCU.  Leave a message, they'll get back to you shortly.



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Big East plotting football, hoops divisions

You know what's even funnier bb....nobody wants WVU...Y'all think you're going to the SEC.  You get real...WVU is right where they belong.  They'd get killed in the SEC.  We already proved that!  Sorry you're so bitter bro! 


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