Big East Football: Conference Going Through Major Changes

Big East Going Through Some Major Changes

11/27/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The Big East will be adding Tulsa and East Carolina as soon as 2014, reports USA Today.Blog Photo - Big East Football: Conference Going Through Major Changes

Tulane will join in all sports, while ECU is expected to be a football-only member. The conference—which is undergoing some major changes—was attempting to reel in BYU, but reportedly failed.

Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Rutgers have already decided to leave the conference for other opportunities, while Cincinnati, Louisville and Connecticut are currently in serious talks to join the ACC.

If that were to happen—which looks promising at this point—the Big East would look like this:

“West”
Boise State
Houston
San Diego State
SMU
Memphis

“East”
Central Florida
Tulane
South Florida
Temple
East Carolina

Hardly recognizable, right? Wrong. It looks like a revamped version of the C-USA, which is not good news for a conference trying to hold itself together and continue with BCS relevancy.

Even more bad news: Although they announced their commitment today, rumors have it that Boise State and San Diego State may end up sticking with the Mountain West Conference, now that everything is imploding.


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11/29/12   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7342 respect

I wouldn't be mad at them for adding Cincy and UCONN.  Both teams are HUGE basketball/football rivalries for Louisville...Cincinnati since the Metro Conference days.

11/29/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The ACC may settle with just Louisville, but it is still interested in adding Cincinnati and UConn. Either way, everything is being re-shaped.

11/29/12   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7342 respect

What a difference 24 hours makes...

11/28/12   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7342 respect

The more I think about it, the more I hope Louisville leaves for the ACC.  Since the Big East basketball powerhouse is now defunct, there seem to be few (if any) benefits to remaining in the Big East.

11/27/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Not sure which conference's name is more misleading at this point, the Big East or the 14-team Big 10. 

I think Mark Emmert should force every school to put its name in a hat and then he will draw each one into each conference. That'd be so much easier and less confusing than the current situation.

11/27/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Not sure which conference's name is more misleading at this point, the Big East or the 14-team Big 10.