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Big East possibly discussing expansion on Tuesday

Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:38 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 12:16 am
 

Big East presidents and athletic directors will meet Tuesday to discuss possible expansion, the New York Post reported on Monday.

The Post originally broke the story of Big East's interest in seemingly unlikely expansion candidate TCU. The interest turned out to be reciprocal. If you believe that college football is trending toward the mega-conference, then schools need to get into a BCS conference before the window of opportunity closes.

The Big East is interested in staying relevant by remaining one of those BCS conferences. It received a waiver to remain an automatic qualifier conference by the other BCS commissioners in the past because of television's desire to have those Northeast markets. With conference realignment anything but dead, commissioner John Marinatto wants to protect his league from poachers. Earlier this year, the Big Ten was a threat to the Big East. Rutgers emerged as an attractive addition to the Big Ten and perhaps will remain one in the future. The Big Ten eventually settled on Nebraska -- for now.

TCU is looking for its own relevance. The loss of BYU and Utah has damaged the Mountain West's ongoing attempt to get at least a temporary BCS bid in 2012 and 2013. TCU has shown a willingness to conference hop to improve its profile since being left out of the Big 12 in 1996. Ironically, if the Horned Frogs get a second consecutive bowl bid this year it would have gotten a huge boost from beating resurgent  Baylor. TCU was left out of the Big 12 in favor of Baylor 15 years ago, mostly because of a political power play by then-Texas governor Ann Richards.


"If you're not aligned with an automatic qualifying conference prior to the super realignment you have no shot," CBS College Sports analyst Aaron Taylor said. "At least if you're there to begin with, you're in the topic of conversation and discussion. On paper, you'd think that TCU being in Texas doesn't make sense. But they're the furtherst team to the East in the Mountaint West. They would be the same distance, but West, to the Big East."

Other schools being mentioned for Big East expansion are Houston, Central Florida and either Temple or Villanova from Philadelphia. TCU and Central Florida seem to be the most likely expansion candidates at this point.

Comments

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2010 2:09 pm
 

Big East possibly discussing expansion on Tuesday

If TCU leaves the MWC, I don't see how the BCS can deny the MWC, with or without TCU, an autobid in 2012 and 2013.



Are you kidding me?  The MWC with Boise St, BYU, TCU and Utah would have had a good chance at gaining AQ status, but with only Boise St left, there is no way.  My God, following that logic, maybe the BCS should offer up AQ status to the freakin' Sunbelt conference too.  My guess is you could find a way to screw up a wet dream.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2010 7:06 am
 

Big East possibly discussing expansion on Tuesday

Bring in the Akron Zips. Top soccer program year in and year out, better basketball teams every year, and the football team could use the Big East to get better. Akron has the facilities except for basketball. The Big East already uses our field house for their track & field championships. Go Zips!



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2010 7:39 pm
 

Someone posted on Notre Dame and Big Ten mushroom

If big ten expands, its GOING to be: Notre Dame, Missouri, Maryland, Rutgers. I really think its going to happen soon. First Rutgers and Maryland, then When Notre Dame is forced or wants to join, Missouri should go. It could rival with Neb. Iowa, and Illinois.

Memphis, Houston, TCU and Villanova to big east. TCU and maybe Houston will leave because of travel costs. The Current big twelve conference is going to change when Texas leaves in the next ten years.  Tex A&M, Okla. go to SEC (Making SEC even more domonant, FSU, GA Tech.) I then could see Colorado State, Wyoming, Air Force, New Mexico Joining, TCU. very unliking though because besides TCU and Air Force they all suck BAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDLLLYY.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2010 7:26 pm
 

Big East possibly discussing expansion on Tuesday

I like everything. you use your brain. I would through Memphis, instead of UCF, and Villanova instead of Temple. but your logic is amazing.




Since: Jul 26, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2010 4:49 pm
 

Big East possibly discussing expansion on Tuesday

There are some Big 12 schools that just might be enticed if they would expand to 12 teams, one being Iowa State.  It was a possibility when rumors of two or three Big East teams bolting. 



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 2:29 pm
 

Big East possibly discussing expansion on Tuesday

I would hate to see TCU leave the MWC. However, it does make sense for them to leave a better league with no AQ status to a weaker Big East conference where they can dominate, and get the auto bid most years. If TCU leaves the MWC, I don't see how the BCS can deny the MWC, with or without TCU, an autobid in 2012 and 2013.



Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 2:14 pm
 

Big East possibly discussing expansion on Tuesday

I predict that eventually Notre Dame decides to join the Big 10 and the conference then mushrooms to 16 members, nabbing two Big East schools along with Maryland (which hates being in the ACC). The ACC then backfills with the remnants of the Big East. 



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2010 1:49 pm
 

Big East possibly discussing expansion on Tuesday

The big east can bring in these little puppy schools if they want, but the only name I have heard mentioned that brings anything to the table is TCU.  UCF adds nothing as of now; same with Memphis.  Maybe in time, but we should not be guaranteeing BCS slots based on potential.  The big east should lose their BCS slot and compete just like the MWC or WAC for a slot.  Not every school in the conference is terrible by any means, but that should not be the standard.  You should be a good football conference in order to guarantee you a slot, and the big east is not, and has not been for a while.  One team jumping up every once in a while means little. 



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:36 pm
 

Big East possibly discussing expansion on Tuesday

Hey DBownman,

Interesting ideas except Charlotte from the A10 on your basketball side. They are starting football in 2013 with plans to move to FBS within a few years after that, so unless you want a short term solution, that wouldnt work. The one thing that you stated that is absolutely true is the fact that if they do expand football they will have to do something about the BB side, and they really should get those BB only schools to leave and join other conferences.



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:30 pm
 

Big East possibly discussing expansion on Tuesday

we can call it The Big Conference USA!
Then We can merge the Mac with the Sunbelt any name suggestions?


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