Originally Posted by Slyder
I said in 03 they should have split and taken a collection of schools from the A-10 and pretty much be right back where they were, while the football schools could set their own agenda.
The Big East has been good to UC but the conference as devised makes very little sense, particularly after the rash of defections and new acquisitions.
Quite simply the best interests of the basketball only schools and the football schools are not remotely similar and the need to balance the needs of both factions has hurt the Big East as the realignment process has played out. If the Big East had been more proactive in the realignment process I don't think it would have found itself on the verge of extinction, but from all reports the basketball schools weren't keen on expansion and the result is the predicament the Big East finds itself in today.
That being I don't think the complaints of the basketball school are unfounded; they're watching the value of their brand being diluted, they're expected to take less money and they're supposed to shoulder the costs associated with greater travel.