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.
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)
San Diego State,
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?