Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
...so, the BE now part of the "Group of Five" -- will be forced to compete with the MAC / C-USA / Sun Belt etc. for a slot into the new BCS system.
I guess it's better than being shut out completely, but the deal basically affirms that the Big East is now an outright second-tier conference. Going to be tough recruiting (both players and coaches) from this point forward, since you can no longer sell the BE as having any special access or privileges that schools like Ohio University or Louisiana Tech do not.
While the Big East may have to technically vie with those other conferences for a BCS bowl slot, they're likely still going to enjoy an advantage over the rest of those conferences in terms of media exposure and prestige. The shared berth will keep a 8-4 or 9-3 Big East team out of a BCS bowl but I'd be surprised if a 11-1 or 10-2 Big East team ended up getting left behind in favor of a team from one of the other conferences with a similar record.