Big East's non-football members meet, discuss possible breakaway
lazydawg58 Dec 22, 4:21 p.m.
If the MWC doesn't take SMU and Houston the nBE would be at 11. With that number wouldn't it be wise to add one more? If so while I'd like to see S. Miss. get in, it might be wise to take Tulsa. Then with two divisions you have, Southwest: Houston, SMU, Memphis, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF., Eastern: USF, Cinci, ECU, UCONN, Temple, Navy. Eight conference games and a championship game gives everyone four OOC games. If UCONN and Cinci. get the call up you could hold at 10 or add two. But I still kind of hope it ends up an east of the Miss. conference with 12 to 14 teams.
Ken D. Dec 22, 10:55 a.m.
BTW, if Boise and SDSU go back to the MWC, that would bring them to 12 schools. I'm not sure they'll want to add more. They still remember the days of a 16 team WAC conference that proved so unwieldy the MWC was formed. I'm not sure the power conferences aren't going to encounter the same problems.
Ken D. Dec 22, 10:51 a.m.
I couldn't agree more about just being the best east of the Mississippi conference you can be. Your starting point consists of nine schools, including Navy, which is in for football only. Why not stop there? Nine teams gives you a balanced four home, four away schedule in football, while 8 in basketball gives you a solid 14 game true round robin schedule and a compact tournament field that includes every school.
To me, the time to consider other schools will come if the ACC takes UConn and Navy, which I consider a realistic possibility.
lazydawg58 Dec 22, 10:49 a.m.
Northeast Division: UCONN, Temple, Cincinni, Navy, OD, ECU, (Marshall)
Southeast Division: USF, UCF, Memphis, Tulane, USM, UAB, (Charlotte)
Play everyone in your division and 3 in the other division each year. If they go to the 14 team version play 2 in the other division each year. Everyone plays everyone every two or three years and we have a conference championship game on the home field of the top team, not at a neutral site.
In Basketball and other sports Navy is out so no divisions. This would be a fairly stong BB conference with Temple, UCONN, Cinc., Memphis, OD and possibly Charlotte. It should help ECU BB recruiting. In baseball ECU would maybe be the strongest team? I don't know how good the Florida schools are.
lazydawg58 Dec 22, 10:26 a.m.
It looks like BSU and SDSU aren't coming. I think it is time for the nBE to consider becoming the best east of the Mississippi conference it can be. I really believe that the B1G and SEC are through expanding, thus the B12 is as well. The ACC will hold at 14.5 and as a result UCONN and Cinc. have no better option than to make the nBE the best they can be. A tweleve team two division seems practical but not being able to bring in Western schools limits the options and downgrades the value considerably. Houston and SMU will probably go MWC now so raiding the CUSA again seems to be the only route to go. So we are looking at: UCONN, Temple, Cinc., USF, ECU, UCF, Memphis, Tulane and Navy. We tap USM, UAB, and Old Dominion? Do we consider Charlotte or Marshall? Charlotte and OD are bigger markets (how did that stratagy work out) but are moving up from FCS or scratch.
Ken D. Dec 20, 4:39 p.m.
Aresco is still trying desperately to hold onto Boise and San Diego State. You have to admire his chutzpah if nothing else. His problem is that if those two schools go back to the MWC, they become the de facto #6 conference, with the best chance of securing a major bowl berth, and not Conference America.
hovis Dec 20, 10:34 a.m.
Just saw that too.
tcoutouzis Dec 20, 10:25 a.m.
It looks like we are in for all sports in this new "conference america."
Here is the link
tcoutouzis Dec 19, 5:55 p.m.
It looks like Aresco is pushing the 16 team model as I layed out above. He has just contacted Fresno St and UNLV
tcoutouzis Dec 19, 5:47 p.m.
That is a simple answer Ken. Money.
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