Thursday, February 19, 2009

Big East Realignment

Alright Matt, you win. The Big East has too many damn teams. Not that I ever disagreed, but him asking me tonight who is/isn't a member of the Big East is a little embarrassing. Let's do a little re-shuffling, just for shits and giggles.

Big Ten
The dream of making Notre Dame member #12 ain't happening. Lets eliminate the one squad with the least conference history and most isolated geographically - Penn St, making the Big Ten have ten teams again. What a concept.

Members: Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, NWestern, Michigan, Michigan St, Ohio St, Indiana, Purdue

BEF - Big East Football
Sort of a new conference including Penn St and the Big East teams that play football. Looks like a good hoops conference. UNC Charlotte is adding football soon...had to put them somewhere and needed a 10th member. Of course Boston College should still be in the BE, but that opens up an entirely new can of worms with the ACC and all that noise.

Members Louisville, Cincinnati, Penn St, Pitt, West Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse, UConn, South Florida, UNC - Charlotte

NFL - No Football League
ND stays independent for football - joins this conference in all other sports. A little mining of the A-10 makes it a decent hoops league. If any of the formerly relevant programs (you hear me St Johns/DePaul?) ever pulled their head out of their arses, it would be even tougher. Eliminate St Louis and UMass if you want to go with 10. Simple geography separates them into a West and East divisions:

NFL West - Marquette, DePaul, Xavier, Dayton, Notre Dame, St Louis
NFL East - Georgetown, St Johns, Villanova, Seton Hall, Providence, UMass

There you go.

1 comment:

Matt said...

Part of the Big East's problem is the goofy football/no football split.

I say either play football or don't - the half-cocked idea is dumb. Part of the fun of a conference is having your team house the team in basketball that housed your team in football.