We all know the rumors by now and all the potential fallout that may come from a Big 10 raid of the Big East. What we need to examine is our place in it. Few of us last time probably said on the day that the ACC announced it was looking at Syracuse, BC and Miami; “well this is going to screw things up for us”. We KNOW better now just how far down such an expansion can affect us.
If its just 1 team from CUSA replacing 1 team from the BE, and being replaced by a WAC or SunBelt team that is clearly the best for us, RIGHT NOW.
But the Big 10, because of the Big 10 Network, is in the unique position to actually benefit in increased revenue by going beyond 12 teams (larger TV market). If the Big 10 takes 3 teams from the BE then the BE may split and/or lose its BCS automatic bid to the Mountain West. We’d still probably want to get into the BE (as it would essentually be old CUSA) but we’d lose our last chance at getting into a BCS conference.
If the Big 10 takes 5 teams from the BE then the BE will no longer exist as a football conference.
A split into football and basketball conferences is also perilious for us. Does anyone doubt the basketball schools will target Xavier, Dayton, St. Louis and St. Joes? Without X and D the A10 is no longer a multibid conference. With football to consider, not only us but UMass, Richmond and Rhode Island may be beating down the CAA’s door to get in.
The best case senario for us to attrack a decent FBS conference is 2020. That’s 10 years, this will go down long before that and even if its the mildest, can we afford not to make plans on the assumption things will quiet down?
What path should our AD pursue??? How should we protect ourselves and be “proactive” to put us in the best position for the coming storm???