Re: Big East instilability-Yours truly, 11/28
If you took what's left of the northern private schools not leaving (Providence, St Johns, Seton Hall, Villanova, Georgetown, DePaul, Marquette, Temple) you'd have a very good basketball conference with being urban faith-based schools as a common denominator.
The remainder would fit better as a football-centric, Southern-based conference; the WAC imploded after over-expanding, with most of the original ganstas moving to the Mountain West. I could see such a split happening in the Big East.
The seven Big East Catholic, non-FBS schools met with Big East commissioner Mike Aresco Sunday to express their concerns for the direction of the conference, multiple Big East sources confirmed to ESPN.com Monday.
Sources said the New York meeting was the first among the seven schools (Marquette, DePaul, St. John's, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall and Villanova) and could ultimately lead to them splitting from the Big East's football members.
In the case of the WAC's implosion, it was the old-timers who left and formed the Mountain West while the newbies got left with the name. The question under debate is who would get the Big East monicker if the Jesuit Ganstas took off.
As it sits, you have a mediocre football conference tacked on to a very good basketball conference. We might see some re-visioning of things in the next year or so, as the Big East ameobas into a Big East Jesuit and Big East Southern; actual names to be determined later.