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The conference realignment world continues to spin out-of-control as soon to be disenfranchised former Big East members Cincinnati and Connecticut are in talks to start a new conference.
With the Big East on the precipice of implosion and no other major conference willing to accept them, Connecticut and Cincinnati are exploring the possibility of starting their own league. This according to a report by The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy.
The new conference would be an all-sports league that would combine the disenfranchised members of the former Big East with some of the top programs from the current Mountain West and elsewhere. The proposed members would be UConn, Cincinnati, South Florida, Memphis, Temple, Boise State, San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico and possibly BYU or Central Florida.
Should this so-called "Transcontinental Conference" come to be, it would include three programs (UConn, UNLV and and Cincinnati) that have won a national title in basketball, two more (Memphis and Temple) that have been to the Final Four, and three (UConn, Cincinnati and Boise State) that have been to the BCS within the past five years.
The sequence of events that could make this conference become a reality will likely begin soon, as the seven non-FBS playing members of the Big East are expected to officially announce that they are leaving the conference as early as Saturday.