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.
The Big East probably deserves second-tier status. But if the Big East deserves it, the ACC deserves it in spades. The ACC retaining its status for no good reason is the only thing that really irks me.