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.
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.