Re: BC back to the Big East?
posted at 8/13/2011 10:58 AM EDT
In Response to BC back to the Big East?
[QUOTE]It appears secret meetings have taken place about reunion of BC in the Big East with ND as a football member with separate revenues. It is part of the NBC negotiations taking place for a new contract. ESPN is also vying for the television deal. Another point of view in Big East boards. There are only two conferences left that will expand in college football in the near future. One is the Big 10 and the other is the Big East. The Big 10 added Nebraska while the BE added TCU, both elite football schools. The Big 10 prefers large land-grant schools with deep football tradition and stadiums exceeding 80,000 capacity. The Big East wants to be a more elite conference than the ACC on the east coast. Nationally, they were the 5th and 6th rated football conferences out of 12 major conferences. The only school that makes any sense for the BE is Boston College but BC stabbed the BE in the back and has delusions of academic grandeur that, other than it's Law School, are vastly overrated. They have maintained their "elite" academic standing by being highly selective. That means very few minorities as far as BC is concerned. They think the ACC is a better academic fit but in fact they are just a catholic fish in southern Protestant waters. Let them stay in their imaginary southern state of mind! As far as a Big East shakeup, it should start at the administrative level. First, that incompetent commissioner needs to be fired. Second, move BE conference headquarters to NYC. Third, add only ONE additional football school that has basketball star power. Being from NYC, I could care less about college football and if I wanted to see a traditional college game I would drive up to Fordham before I cross the bridge to Rutgers.
Posted by jimreilly43[/QUOTE]
Funny post that may have had a shred of possibility two days ago, but, with what's about to happen in the SEC and the dominoes that will fall with the POac 10, Big 10 and SEC go 14 teams, the Big East will be crippled as a football conference. If the big three conferences go 16, the ACC will become what the ACC was, a power bsketball conference with a couple of upstart football programs. Remember, it's not about geography or has a better team on the field, but money, and money, most of the time, means adding TV sets. The following is what I think will happen (assumes Texas will become independent to protect the Long Horn Network rather than join the Pac 10 and that BYU and Notre Dame will reamin independents):
SEC adds Texas A&M and Missouri (Florida St. will get too much blowback from regional revalries).
Big Ten adds Georgia Tech and Maryland
Pac 10 adds Oklahoma and Texas Tech or OKlahoma St.
ACC (down 2) adds Syracuse and Rutgers - I think they stay at 12 rather than dilute their pie more by adding UCONN and Pittsburgh which won't make up for what they give away. ACC really won't want to add UCONN after leading the lawsuit, but probably will in a 16 team alignment.
Big East football (7 remaining) adds Kansas, Kansas St., Iowa St., Baylor, Texas Tech or Oklahoma St. (whoever Pac 10 leaves behind) - putting them at 12 for football and a championship game. The 10 basketball-only programs break off.
16 Teams - would be crazy
SEC adds Texas A&M, Missouri, Florida St. and Clemson
Big 10 adds Maryland, Georgia Tech, Rutgers and Syracuse
Pac 10 adds Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Texas Tech and TCU
Crippled ACC adds Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, UCONN and (gulp) West Virginia to make 12. If the ACC wants to go to 16 they would look at something like Kansas, Kansas St. Iowa and Baylor but I don't think it makes any sense and letting commuter schools like Cincinnati and Louisville in would be too much.
Big East basketball only schools (and Cincinnati and Louisville?) form a basketball only conference.
BTW... when BC was with the Big East, they market their three premier academic instituation as Notre Dame, Georgetown and BC... so they thought that BC was a cut above Syracuse, Villanova, et al. The college rating magazaine tend to think so, too.