If nothing else, sheer numbers will keep the Big East in the picture for football. The issue is what have they done to the other sports in order to save their football BCS future? It's convoluted to say the least
There probably will be no such thing as an AQ after 2014. There is talk of several forms of a "plus-one" system. The two most likely are as follows: 1. Return to the old bowl system and after the bowls are played have #1 v #2 for the national championship (This is what the B1G and the Pac 12 want). 2. Have a four team playoff with #1 v #4 and #2 v #3 in two of the BCS bowls with the national championship to follow.
What if this is as good as it gets?
Yuck at the old bowl system.
Boise has only been relevant since this past decade, notably with Kellen Moore. If Boise slacks off or Chris Peterson decides to seek greener pastures, then Boise (and the Big East's AQ bid) is going to be in a world of hurt.
If Dana Holgorsen resigned on Monday, NCAA sanctions notwithstanding, WVU could attract someone to coach and not miss a beat. I don't think the same could be said for Boise.
As for the other schools, UCF is facing recruiting violations in both football and basketball. Houston could be looking at losing Kevin Sumlin to a bigger job (likely A&M). SMU's history has been pretty well documented, but it will be interesting to see if June Jones is still coaching there very long.
ASU pulled their offer on Jones, apparently the boosters didn't like him.
As for the other schools, all they're being asked to do is replace Syracuse and Pitt. Not exactly a huge task in football.
Congratulations to 2nd Team All-American Derek Wolfe.
A summer watching a bad Reds' team, is still a pretty good summer.
Pitt has lost its entire coaching staff to Arizona schools. A bunch of assistants went with Rich Rod and Todd Graham was just named to be Head Coach at Arizona State!
Graham must have not liked being the 3rd choice last year so he took the first opportunity where he was the 2nd choice (June Jones).