Big East football is dead, long live Big East basketball

Updated as of 10:52 est Thursday, September 29, 2011.



Last year the Pac-10 realized it needed a championship game so it promoted Utah & stole Colorado from the Big XII.  Big Ten also stole Nebraska.

California UCLA
Stanford USC
Oregon Arizona
Oregon State Arizona State
Washington Utah
Washington State Colorado


The ACC afraid the SEC would poach its' members for Team 14 fills in the holes between Maryland & Boston College by again raiding the Big East - for Pittsburgh & Syracuse. Then raises the buyout to $20 million.


Florida State Miami
Clemson Georgia Tech
North Carolina State North Carolina
Maryland Virginia
Boston College Virginia Tech
Syracuse Pittsburgh
Wake Forest Duke

SEC wanted to be as selective for Team 14 as they were with Texas A&M so they rejected West Virginia & were rejected by Missouri. While they waited Texas & Oklahoma decided to rebuild their conference by raiding the Big East for Louisville, Cincinnati, West Virginia & TCU. Plus they already knew their Team 14 - BYU (gets to keep BYU-tv 3rd tier rights like Long Horn Network).


Big 14
Texas Oklahoma
Texas Tech Oklahoma State
Baylor Kansas
Texas Christian Kansas State
Louisville Missouri
Cincinnati Iowa State
West Virginia Brigham Young

Big Ten penetrate the New York City market with BTN by adding Rutgers & Connecticut. The ACC passes on UConn in case Notre Dame & Penn State had wanted to join.


Big Ten
Ohio State Michigan
Penn State Nebraska
Purdue Iowa
Wisconsin Minnesota
Indiana Michigan State
Illinois Northwestern
Connecticut Rutgers

SEC still needs a Team 14 & the only BCS team left & only Big East team left is South Florida.  Realizing Tampa is a large enough tv market & Florida is a huge place, the rest of the SEC adds a 2nd there despite Florida's 'Gentleman's Agreement' to keep a monopoly.


Florida Louisiana State
South Carolina Arkansas
Georgia Auburn
Tennessee Alabama
Vanderbilt Mississippi
Kentucky Mississippi State
South Florida Texas A&M


With the Big East dead there is a 6th automatic bid available, the Mountain West & C-USA merge to get it for football-only. The MWC needs 2 more teams - Utah State to get back to Salt Lake City. LA Tech gets promoted from WAC & maybe trades places with UTEP.

Play a 5 game schedule against their division, 2 out-of-division, 1 each against each division from other conference. Division winners play in a conference semi-final then a championship game for the BCS bid.


Conference USA Mountain West
Central Florida Louisiana Tech UTEP Boise State
East Carolina Tulane New Mexico Nevada
Marshall Houston Air Force UNLV
UAB Rice Colorado State Fresno State
Southern Miss Southern Methodist Wyoming San Diego State
Memphis Tulsa Utah State Hawaii


With Big East football dead, everyone finally gets what they want.  The football schools got to play real football & the Catholics get to have a super 16 basketball league.  The 8 leftover Catholic basketball schools join with the 8 Catholic Atlantic 10 schools.


Big East
Georgetown Dayton
Providence Duquesne 
St. John's Fordham
Seton Hall La Salle
Villanova St. Bonaventure 
Notre Dame Saint Joseph's
DePaul St. Louis
Marquette Xavier

All the major markets are covered with 3 teams in New York CIty, 3 in Philadelphia, Providence, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Cincinnati, South Bend, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis.

Finally you have the Sun Belt adopt 3 WAC teams - Texas State, UTSA & New Mexico State. They need a Team 14 - Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens are 1 of the best FCS teams.


Sun Belt
Florida Atlantic LA-Lafayette
Florida International LA-Monroe
Delaware Arkansas State
South Alabama North Texas
Troy Texas State
Middle Tennessee UTSA
Western Kentucky New Mexico State

And the MAC adds UMass & Temple as full members now that the Atlantic-10 has lost 8 teams.


Massachusetts Toledo
Temple Bowling Green
Buffalo Eastern Michigan
Kent State Central Michigan
Akron Western Michigan
Ohio Ball State
Miami Northern Illinois

The End?

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