The Death of a Conference? (and this time we’re not talking about the Big 12)
Posted: 13 December 2012 08:19 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I wondered why Rutgers and Louisville would announce their departure from the Big East with no advance warning.  It is now becoming clear that the Basketball only schools in the Big East have been plotting a Palace Coup and will decide the fate/future of the Big East in the next few days.

There are 7 basketball only member of the Big East there is no doubt they are parting company with the Football Schools.  The big question is will they simply leave the Big East or will they vote to dissolve the Big East.  Either way they get to preserve their automatic NCAA Basketball Tournament birth.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/21383873/wakeup-call-could-the-big-east-already-be-on-the-brink-of-death

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-the-dagger/seven-schools-reportedly-leaning-toward-leaving-big-east-085855633—ncaab.html

The part where it gets to be relevant to K State is what happens if they vote to dissolve the conference? (possible Big 12 expansion?????)

Big East Football Membership:

Exisitng Members 2012:  Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville (moving to ACC in 2014), Temple, USF, (Syracuse and Pitt both moving to ACC in 2013)

2013 additions: (don’t have voting rights yet)

Boise State,
Houston,
Memphis,
San Diego State,
SMU,
UCF,

So!  If the Big East is dissolved the following schools will be without a football conference for 2013 and there will be no legal impediments to adding them to any conference immediately;

Connecticut, Cincinnati, Memphis, Temple, Central Florida, South Florida, Boise State, San Diego State

Future additions to the Big East: Tulane, ECU (2014) and Navy (2015) would add to schools without a conference to call home.

Are any of these schools candidates for the Power 5 Conferences?  Anyone’s guess.  Maybe Cincinnati to ACC or Big 12?  Maybe San Diego and Boise State to PAC 12?

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted: 13 December 2012 11:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Apparently the By Laws of the Big East prevent the league being dissolved under the current circumstances without votes from at least 2 football Schools.

http://www.usnews.com/news/sports/articles/2012/12/14/aresco-basketball-schools-talk-big-east-future

the majority of the voting members of the Big East are basketball schools right now. Still, those schools aren’t in position to dissolve the conference. That would take the votes of at least two football members, according to the Big East bylaws.

So it appears the Big East (Football) will continue to hobble along and isn’t at risk for being killed off just yet.

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Posted: 31 December 2012 03:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Boise State’s decision to opt out of the Big East will likely cause San Diego State to do the same.  When Boise State and San Diego State were negotiating their entrance to the Big East they both had clauses written into their contracts (with the Big East) that required the Big East to maintain a Western States travel partner for each of them to play.  By Boise State opting out of the Big East, the Big East will be in breach of contract allowing San Diego State a Get out of Big East Free card.

With Boise State and San Diego State remaining in the MWC and the additions of San Jose State and Utah State, that brings the Mountain West to 12 members for 2013 , including all three of California’s FBS schools not in the PAC 12.


Big East survivors for 2013 are Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville (maybe, but definitely gone in 2014), Rutgers (gone in 2014), USF and Temple.  That is a total of 6 surviving members.  There are 4 currently committed incoming members for 2013 Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF.  If these four schools all opt out of the Big East and the Big East arrives on July 1, 2013 with only 6 members they will lose their conference certification from the NCAA and their last BCS tie in game.

Not sure this is relevant to K State, but not sure its not either.  While having Houston and SMU flapping in the breeze would not necessarily mean they would find a way back into a conference with their old SWC buddies the possibility does exist.

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