This posting is my thoughts on how the make-up of the Big East may look over the next decade once it is "saved" by Boise State, Air Force, SMU, Houston, UCF, Navy, and BYU (most, if not all, have all been ranked at some point over the past few years) help to preserve the Big East's AQ status into the future. Join me after the jump.
I have read rumors that the Big East may eventually tell Notre Dame to get in for all sports or get out completely. I have also heard that Notre Dame may consider the ACC in all sports over the Big East. For this exercise I am going to assume the later. And here is the rundown.
* Notre Dame goes to the ACC in all sports, UConn follows. This leaves the Big East with eleven football (FB) schools, and fourteen basketball (BB) schools.
* The Big East then brings in Tulsa to replace UConn. This also appeases the all mighty Broncos who want more regional schools in their conference. Now the Big East has twelve FB schools and fifteen BB.
* The Western Division is now more regional so the Big East invites Boise State and BYU to join the conference in BB. This brings the Big East to twelve in FB and seventeen in BB (they number of BB they had planned on having once TCU joined).
If at some point the whole Superconference thing ever comes to pass, and the Big East were to attempt to join the fray, I think that this is how it would go down.
Louisville wants to add Memphis and/or Temple to strengthen BB, but non-FB Villanova is dead set against Temple, being from the same city and all.
* I think the Big East kicks out Villanova --whose FB team sucks at the FCS level; and instead brings in Temple who has more fans, is decent at BB and better in FB, and has a much bigger FB stadium.
* The Big East also invites: ECU, Memphis, and Toledo in all sports. This brings the Big East to sixteen in FB, and twenty in BB (the absolute maximums that any conference can realistically have and by competitive in FB and BB.)
The Divisions look something like this in FB
And in BB