Your conference loses Syracuse, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh – it adds SMU, San Diego State, Boise State, Houston, Navy for football only, and Memphis. With all the different staying and going over the next couple of years (West Virginia may be forced to stay in the Big East until 2014), you will end up with a 19 or 20 team basketball conference in 2013-2014 and a 14 team football conference.
The Big East Tournament will likely be forced to start another day earlier that year – who knows. It already starts on Tuesday and ends on Saturday, lasting 5 games. Another round makes it one short of the 7 rounds of the NCAA tournament (counting ‘play-in’ games).
Sure, the Big East gets a good team to replace the excellent basketball programs they will be losing. Sure Memphis has a football program. But at what cost? Having your conference looking like the woman left at the alter that runs out and marries the next man willing to look at her twice… its embarrassing.
I get that the conference wants a football championship, but they should just split up and form a basketball/football conference and let the other schools be distributed. Otherwise, since the East is only the location of 20% of the conference, I vote the conference re-brands as the Distributed Universities with Miscellaneous Bearings And Smaller Schools and the acronym can be the DUMBASS conference.