Originally Posted by paintmered
The Big East is dead. Reports are that WVU has submitted their paperwork to the SEC, confirming what their fans have hoped for and the rest of us suspected. I suspect UConn and Rutgers wil soon round out the ACC at 16.
As for the leftovers, the best case scenario is to merge with the Big XII north schools. UC's best hope is to hitch their wagon to Louisville, wherever that may be.
This is a very sad day for UC football because it's hard to imagine any scenario where they're going to end up in a BCS level conference going forward. The Big East will likely live on as a non-football conference, probably adding a couple of schools like Xavier and UD, but it's hard to imagine it being able to survive as a football conference - let alone one that merits a BCS automatic-qualifier.
Assuming that the PAC-whatever adds Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and WVU, Rutgers and UConn end up in the SEC / ACC, UC is pretty much screwed going forward. The best case scenario would be to merge what's left of the Big XII and Big East and add a couple up-and-coming non-BCS schools.
Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Baylor, Houston and TCU
UC, Louisville, USF, UCF, Memphis and Missouri (assuming they don't land elsewhere)
I'm not sure that the quality of football would be significantly worse than the current Big East, but the lack of marque programs and large markets likely means that an automatic BCS automatic-qualifier would be out of the question. The travel situation wouldn't be great, though I'm not sure it's much worse than the pre-Big East raid Conference USA was. Really the only silver lining is that the basketball would still be pretty good.