Big East Expansion: Villanova Blocking Temple, Basketball Schools Reportedly Insane

The Big East's problems aren't limited to seeing its teams poached away by other conferences. Remaining members are having a real pickle trying to figure out how to shape this mess back into something worthwhile. Apparently somebody thought at one point that a basketball conference and a football conference could be mashed into one big thing without any repercussions. Weird!

The latest, from the Star-Ledger's Tom Liucci, concerns further bickering and squabbling and hem-hawing and MY GOSH I can't believe Syracuse and Pitt wanted to leave this conference. A few of Liucci's morsels:

Rutgers is starting to sound sort of like UConn, as far as fence-straddlin' goes. Nobody can agree on Boise State. Villanova, of all schools, is throwing its weight around and trying to exclude Temple. "DePaul's vote counts as much as West Virginia's." The last note is not news, but it still makes the eyes bulge.

Even more bewildering: Liucci reports that the conference's basketball schools were pushing for a 15-year commitment from each member, including the football schools.

I ... a 15-year commitment.

For more, keep checking Big East Coast Bias. And stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.

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