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A friend who is close to the Houston Athletic Dep't has advised me that they have received a message ( either a call or email - he wouldn't say which) from a Big East Representative asking if they are interested in joining the BE. He only said that it wasn't an invite, just a question of interest. The BE's BCS status is what interests them. They named other schools being considered at this time.
Large market teams like: Houston, SMU, Tulsa, Central Florida, Temple, East Carolina, Memphis and Navy. Memphis because they have backing from FEDEX to Sponsor a Football Playoff if Memphis is added to the BE and enough teams are added to have a playoff. FEDEX HQ are in Memphis. Navy would also be asked again, if most of these teams were interested and there were no major defections. He said that they were told that this isn't a complete list yet.
Nice to see Rutgers beat Pitt today!
This post was edited by goeers on 10/8/2011 at 8:50 PM
I just can't see how sticking with this conference would make any sense. Lville, cincy, UConn, & rutgers, will all jump with an invite from any other major conference. We would do the same, which would kill any best case scenario that the Big East would propose to other schools. Going Independent & scheduling 3 perennial top 20 teams along with some traditional regional rivals would be a much better plan.
On a positive note, the eers looked great today!
The Big East if it survives would be like purgatory, maybe not quite the depths of hell but definitely looking up at the promise land. Any Big East school that has the chance to get out now, tomorrow, or 2-3 years from now will jump in a nanosecond...and rightfully so.
I honestly don't see many opportunities for the Big East's "new additions" to jump ship if all the major conferences go to 16, but I would imagine that UL, Cincy, UConn, and Rutgers would all find a home and basically put the Big East back into the same position it is in now.
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