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Big East will discuss realignment Tuesday

Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:42 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 5:44 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

The Big East conference invited media members to join Commissioner John Marinatto on a conference call Tuesday afternoon, the league announced on Monday. The release from the conference office stated the purpose of the call would be to discuss current information on Big East realignment. The call suggests Marinatto has an update regarding their efforts to replace Syracuse and Pittsburgh while pursuing a 12-team model for football.

As previously reported by CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy, one of the challenges in attracting new members to the Big East has been an apparent lack of commitment by the six remaining football members. One of the highly contested topics reportedly of concern to potential members like Navy, Air Force, or Boise State has been the league's exit fees - currently around $5 million. It is believed that an agreement to increase the exit fees by the current members would display the stability needed to appear attractive to potential members.

On Monday afternoon, The Charleston Gazette reported that West Virginia is expected to vote in favor of raising the exit fees from $5 million to roughly $10 million. If the proposal passes during Monday evening's conference call, Marinatto should have some good news to report to the media on Tuesday. The league needs 11 of the 14 member schools to vote for a hike in fees in order to change the bylaws, and West Virginia's commitment could end up being a crucial piece to keeping the conference together.

The Mountaineers have been mentioned frequently during realignment talks as possible targets for the SEC or Big 12. Louisville, believed to be a candidate for the Big 12 if Missouri departs for the SEC, reportedly may sit out the call. If the Cardinals pull their vote from consideration, West Virginia's vote could end up being decisive in the exit fees proposal.

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Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Big East will discuss realignment Tuesday

a day late and a dollar short. again. mizzu leaving sooner then rather later means the BE is going to lose 10 mil that they woulda got with wvu & louisville's departure. this exit fee increase isnt done in an effort to keep the football teams together its a money grab for the CYO hoops teams that are going to be the only ones left in the next year or so. quit wasting your time worrying about big east football, its dead.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Big East will discuss realignment Tuesday

This may be too little, too late.  Now that West Virginia, Louisville, and cincinnati know that Missouri will be leaving the
big 12 sooner rather than later, and the Big 12 will take anywheres from 1 to 3 teams (3 being the best bet), these schools may vote down the additional fee.  If that happens, say goodbye to the Big East as a BCS Football Conference.  the best they could hope for would be to add some CUSA and MWC teams.  That would just about guarantee them losing their AQ status.  Remember UConn and Rutgers also want to leave the Big East.  The big East should have struck when they had the opportunity to do so, right after A&M left the Big 12 and before TCU joined the Big 12.  They waited too long.  Now they will probably pay the price for waiting.



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Big East will discuss realignment Tuesday

Dear ACC, SEC, Big 12:

Why are you sitting around letting the Big East go back to full strength and UConn, West Virginia, Louisville, and Cincinnati have more of a reason to stay (at least a higher exit fee)? All it takes is one of you to take a current Big East member and all these moves won't happen and there will be one less BCS automatic conference.

Because no one (other than the fans) wants to see a playoff system.  If the ACC, SEC, BIG10, or BIG12 started plucking anymore teams from the Big East, AF and Boise would both remain in the MWC.  If those two choose to stay in the MWC you will see the first steps toward a playoff system with the merger between the MWC and CUSA and the divisional playoff that they would have.  Once everyone actually sees that a playoff system has the potential to work in deciding who to send to a bowl game (winner between CUSA and MWC), the BCS won't have a leg to stand on in justifying why we don't have one. 

It's actually a smart move for the other AQ conferences to leave the BigEast alone.  Let them rebuilt a little bit; they'll still be the bottom feeder of the AQ's, and we get to keep our BCS system.

Not saying I agree with it; just saying it's a smart move by those who don't want a playoff.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Big East will discuss realignment Tuesday

Dear ACC, SEC, Big 12:

Why are you sitting around letting the Big East go back to full strength and UConn, West Virginia, Louisville, and Cincinnati have more of a reason to stay (at least a higher exit fee)? All it takes is one of you to take a current Big East member and all these moves won't happen and there will be one less BCS automatic conference.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Big East will discuss realignment Tuesday

old ways are leaving in college football and new ways are coming. I think there should be a moratorium on college football realignment for at least ten years so that existing conferences can build relationships with fellow members. As long as there is not a play off College Football landscape will be fluid.  

If we are not careful will see a conference like the Big East have Boise State and Air Force, the Big XII with West Virginia and Louisville and the Mid-Major "wanna be major"s grow to exesive numbers like Conf. USA and MWC. WEIRD, REALLY WEIRD!

I think Mizzou should have been in the Big Ten oh about 8 or 9 decades ago, and are about a 800% better fit than Nebraska.  But they haven't been and have HISTORIC Rivalries that are in jeopardy Its sad to see the Big 8 Teams split apart. It would have been nice if they had stuck together and had championships in Kansas City.

This is frustrating times. 


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