There was no way the Big East was going to survive Syracuse, West Virginia and Pittsburgh leaving.
Their convoluted attempt at survival bringing in in schools in Idaho and California is going to be a recipe for disaster. I told someone at UCF that their decision to join the Big East would prove to be a 10 year setback for their athletic programs.
Unfortunately Gonzaga would be a traveling nightmare. This would work out pretty well if they can find two more Eastern teams. Xavier, St Louis, Marquette, DePaul, Dayton, Creighton and Butler could make up the Midwest Division and Georgetown, Villanova, Providence, St John’s, Seton Hall and two other eastern schools could make up the East Division. Good conference.
As a UCF alum and booster who was happy with joining the Big East...well, this pretty much kills that
I felt the Big East would always be relevant as long as the hoops-only schools stayed, as their presence would have helped the conference secure a decent TV deal (”No BEast Football TV...you will not get any of our basketball”...good bargaining chip). Even if BEast football died....the hoops schools would have helped UCF recruit for hoops w BEast membership
The hoops schools leave...and no amount of spin will help the BEast....they are now irrelevant as a conference
Doubt that the CUSA schools coming in will go back to CUSA...but Boise State and San Diego St will probably return to MWC.
This is not turning out well at all