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Patriotic conference name power rankings

Naming your athletic conference after AMERICA is a nice touch, but one that's been done many times. Which is the most patriotic conference of all?

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Tulsa to join new Big East in 2014

The Golden Hurricane are leaving Conference USA after eight successful seasons.

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Big East considers more new names

The new Big East won't be called the Big East anymore, and the search for a name continues.

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Big East may poll social media on name change

Because everything else about Big East realignment is absurd, the conference may seek the Internet's advice when it chooses a new name.

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Big East, Catholic 7 officially splitting up

One of the nation's best college basketball conferences is breaking up. It's a bittersweet moment.

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Big East may change name to "America 12"

The Big East has been rumored to be considering a name change, and it is reportedly considering making "America 12" its new name.

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Big East still courting BYU?

An email from East Carolina athletic director Terry Holland laid out a plan to lure the Cougars to the Big East.

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Big East could change names

The Catholic 7 are starting their new conference, meaning the Notre Dame Fighting Irish could join the ACC in 2013.

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Big East giving up its name? We have suggestions

The Big East could sell its name to the "Catholic Seven" splinter group. What should they go with as they try to start their new future? We have ideas.

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Report: NBC Sports Net close to Big East TV deal

It appears ESPN won't exercise its right to match deal, which is rumored to be worth $20 million per year.

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Could Tulsa get a Big East invite?

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane could get an invite from the Big East now that the Mountain West has taken the San Diego State Aztecs back.

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San Diego State staying in the Mountain West

The Big East West may be no more after San Diego State has decided to stay at home.

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Cincinnati, UConn considering Catholic 7

The Bearcats and Huskies would need to find a new home for their football programs, but are apparently considering taking all other sports with their former Big East compatriots.

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Big East wanted mega bucks from ESPN

The Big East wanted ESPN to give them $300 million per year for their broadcast rights, despite a collapsing membership. Had ESPN agreed, the deal would have been the largest any conference had ever received.

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Boise State wants San Diego State too

After a planned move to the Big East, the Broncos and Aztecs may both end up staying put.

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Boise State staying in Mountain West

As expected by many, Boise State will stay in the Mountain West instead of leaving for the Big East. The conference announced the news shortly after it broke.

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Big East, MWC battling for Boise State

The Broncos are negotiating for the right to broadcast their own football games, a concession they are unlikely to receive from the MWC.

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Big East contacts Fresno State, UNLV

Big East commissioner Mike Aresco has reportedly contacted Fresno State and UNLV, as Big East officials scramble to save the conference after losing many key members over the past year.

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Big East's last meal

Spilly has prepared a special treat for the Big East's final meal.

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Which way for Boise State?

Here's the current state of football conference realignment. But depending on which way the Broncos go, we could be almost done for now or just getting started.

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Catholic 7 basketball schools leave Big East

Georgetown, Villanova, St. John's, Marquette, Providence College, Seton Hall and DePaul voted unanimously to leave the Big East on Saturday.

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Cincy, UConn talk "Transcontinental Conference"

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.

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Realignment crystal ball

Here's the current state of football conference realignment, but that's before things change. Things always change.

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TV can't fix everything

Finally, Big East basketball schools are abandoning the ship, which had become a bloated, creaking thing held together by such things as masking tape and Tulane football. What's this mean for the four football schools left behind and the nine (nine!) set to join?

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What about Cincinnati?

The successful, committed football program has churned out winning seasons, has a storied stadium and continues to make great coaching hires, but was left behind in the Big East by Rutgers and Louisville.

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Temple AD's adventures in social media

"What's the deal with Tulane?!"

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Who will join the Big East next?

The Big East Conference is grabbing up all the schools they can find. Here is their short list of the next candidates to join.

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ECU to Big East too

Tulane joining the Big East: this does not seem smart. ECU on the other hand? Not so bad!

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Big East to Big Easy

The Big East needs a team to replace Rutgers, if it wants to maintain its current number of football schools. Tulane plays football! Perfect! This means we get to make Big East-to-Big Easy jokes, too.

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Boise, BYU back to MWC or not?

If Boise State, BYU and San Diego State head back to the Mountain West, geography's the first winner.

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Things to know: Maryland/Rutgers to Big Ten

SB Nation's Spencer Hall, Dan Rubenstein, Bud Elliott, Bill Connelly and Jason Kirk convene to discuss what the Maryland and Rutgers moves mean for the Big Ten, ACC, and Big East.

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UConn or Louisville for ACC?

Will it be UConn or Louisville for the ACC, now that the Big Ten has swiped Maryland? UConn's reportedly in line, but is that the right call?

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Rutgers reportedly gone too

As expected, Rutgers will reportedly announce on Tuesday that it'll leave the Big East for the Big Ten, which would give the conference 14 members in 2014.

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Big East division names sure are funny

The Big East Conference has announced its new divisions for 2013 and beyond: East and West. This is funny, because we can say "Big East East" and "Big East West."

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Notre Dame-ACC Partnership A Lesson In Picking The Right Fights

ACC commissioner John Swofford doesn't just pick a fight with anybody -- he's not exactly trying to pilfer South Carolina or Vanderbilt from the SEC -- but when he does get into the ring, he does so knowing that he's going to win.

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Notre Dame's Move To The ACC A Monster Blow For Big East Basketball

Notre Dame's move to the ACC in all non-football sports is the latest setback for a Big East conference that just two years ago seemed likely to dominate college basketball for the foreseeable future.

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Pittsburgh Joins Syracuse In Reaching Agreement With Big East To Join ACC In 2013

Both Pittsburgh and Syracuse will be playing their sports in the ACC in 2013, having reached agreements to exit the Big East for the ACC next year, according to CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy.

The Big East announced Monday that Syracuse reached an agreement to pay the conference $7.5 million to leave the Big East for the ACC in 2013.

Pittsburgh's deal with the conference was for the same total dollar amount, with the original $5 million exit fee plus an additional $2.5 million making up a $7.5 million total fee. The Big East had previously attempted to make sure the Panthers did not leave for the 2012-13 season, but with Boise State and other schools joining the conference for 2013, getting rid of Pittsburgh could solve some number problems in the Big East's own expansion.

For more on Pittsburgh football, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on Syracuse football, visit Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician, plus SB Nation New York. And for more on the Big East, go to Big East Coast Bias.

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Big East, Syracuse Reach Agreement On 2013 Departure For ACC

The Big East announced Monday that it has reached an agreement with Syracuse that will allow the school to leave the conference and join the ACC in July 2013.

Syracuse will pay the Big East $7.5 million (in addition to "other consideration") to extricate itself from the conference and allow the school's Orange teams to begin play in the ACC in the 2013-14 academic year. Syracuse will join the ACC on July 1, 2013.

The Big East's focus will now turn to securing a similar payment from Pittsburgh, which is in the process of joining Syracuse in its flight from the Big East to the ACC. Previous reports had the Panthers definitely not leaving the Big East for the 2012-13 season, but the Panthers leaving in 2013 might actually facilitate the Big East's own expansion.

For more on Syracuse football, visit Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician, plus SB Nation New York. For more on Pittsburgh football, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh. And for more on the Big East, go to Big East Coast Bias.

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Boise State Officially Announces Departure From Mountain West For Big East

After agreeing to bolt from the Mountain West after just two years of competition, Boise State had vacillated on whether or not it would actually go through with taking the Broncos of the blue turf from the Mountain West to the Big East for much of 2012. On Saturday, news broke that the Broncos would indeed do so; Sunday brought the school's official announcement.

"There is no doubt that conference affiliation is a difficult and complex issue, but I am very pleased where we stand today and excited for the future prospects of all of our Bronco sports," commented Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra.

The Broncos will compete in the Big East in football in 2012, and move their non-football sports from the Mountain West to the Big West for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Boise State finished second to TCU in the Mountain West in 2011, but won't have to contend with the Big 12-bound Horned Frogs in 2012.

For more on Boise State, please visit One Bronco Nation Under God. For more on the Mountain West, hit Mountain West Connection.

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Boise State Going Through Mountain West Withdrawal Withdrawals

NBA free agency begins shortly, as does ... the point at which Boise State's transition to the Big East gets even weirder. The Broncos still have yet to officially leave the Mountain West despite swearing they're still Big East-bound, and waiting until Monday could mean a big financial hit:

Speculating on the holdup doesn't get us very far, since every step of the way the Broncos have said they're still solid on the move. Probably just waitin' on the Big East to offer up some of those cheeseburgers Boise State likes to rile the NCAA up with, huh!

For more on Broncos football, visit Boise State blog OBNUG, plus SB Nation Denver. And you should probably start reading Big East Coast Bias.

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New Big East TV Deal Could Revolve Around Notre Dame Football

While estimation-prone types ponder whether the impending Big East television deal will be worth way less than the league once hoped or just a little bit less, the conference itself could be using its unique relationship with Notre Dame as a handy bargaining chip.

The Irish are members in all sports except for football, of course. This means their relatively valuable basketball program boosts the Big East, but Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson describes how NBC is thinking bigger:

"(NBC's) purpose (at the meeting) was to show they had an interest in the Big East and they had it tied in with Notre Dame football," Johnson said. "They talked about doubleheaders and tripleheaders on the NBC station. Not on the Versus or whatever they all have, NBC (Sports Network), because they've got several cable outlets.

"They talked about how they liked the time zones and they talked about tying in doubleheaders and tripleheaders on Saturday with football."

ESPN gets the first crack at the Big East's top games, while NBC will likely emerge as a contender if the conference doesn't sell all its stock to ESPN. With the league's truly national footprint, NBC wouldn't have a hard time creating an entire day's worth of college football programming, from the East Coast to Notre Dame to Boise State.

Of course, there's the question of what happens in 2015, when Notre Dame's NBC contract is up and the Irish could very well join a conference in full (which won't be the Big East).

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Big East TV Deal Could Net Conference Way Less Than Expected

The Big East is nearing a window to renegotiate its television deal, and the conference hopes it will result in a large gain in revenue. However, there's an issue for the conference as the negotiation window inches closer: Realignment has changed the landscape of the conference and college football as a whole. And according to a CBS Sports report, the Big East may take a significant hit as a result.

A year ago, the Big East was offered a deal worth $130 million per year. The conference turned it down. And while some analysts expect a similar deal this time around, CBS Sports' sources aren't so high on the conference's chances of snagging a big deal. In fact, it could be somewhere around half the deal the Big East was offered last year.

A $130 million deal per year (as speculated by Pilson) would be worth $8.66 million each for the 10 full members; $6.5 million each for the four football-only members (Boise State, San Diego State, Navy and TBA); and $2.16 million each for the eight non-football members.

A $60 million deal per year (as speculated by CBSSports.com's sources, slightly better than their low end) would be worth $4 million each for the 10 full members; $3 million each to the four football-only members; and $1 million each to the eight non-football members.

To put these numbers in perspective, consider that Nick Saban will make an average of just about $5.6 million a year over the next eight years. Mack Brown also tops the $5 million a year mark and Bob Stoops is just above $4 million. It's likely that Les Miles will make more than $4 million this coming year, as well.

Sure, these are top-end coaches, but they're also making more than full-member schools of the Big East Conference will, should the next television deal come in around the $60 million a year mark. And with television revenue skyrocketing elsewhere, a low-end deal would put the Big East in an awfully difficult position.

Take the Pac-12, for instance. Its new deal has paid immediate dividends: Multiple schools have been able to move forward with facilities upgrades, while others have hired high-profile coaches in the past few months. Perennial revenue bottom-feeder Washington State was able to hire Mike Leach at a salary of more than $2 million per year, thanks to the new deal that will net schools somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million annually once the Pac-12 Network is up and running.

A poor deal could be crippling for the Big East and, making matters worse, the vultures may also be circling, waiting to pick off schools should realignment kick into high gear again this summer.

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ACC Wants Champions Bowl Partner, Georgia Tech And Virginia Tech Deny Realignment Rumors

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets joined the realignment rumor convention last weekend, when Ingram Smith reported they'd be among the ACC teams the Big 12 would consider taking in the event of a Florida St. Seminoles acquisition. AD Dan Radakovich is now denying the Jackets have made contact -- Virginia Tech is of course also again denying they want out of the ACC -- but the most interesting comment of his is likely this one:

Radakovich also told fans that the league is trying to develop a bowl game similar to the one that the Big 12 and SEC announced Friday. That game will match those two leagues' conference champions should they not make the expected four-team playoff. He said there is a great desire for the ACC to match up its conference champion, should it not make the playoff, "and play a quality bowl game."

Radakovich mentioned the Big Ten and SEC as potential partners.

Better late than never for that kind of idea, yes?

The ACC won't be able to get the SEC's or Big Ten's champ, of course, as those teams will be committed to the Rose Bowl and this new Big 12 venture, respectively, in the event that they miss the playoffs. The Big East remains available. Winner gets to play its basketball tournament in Madison Square Garden, maybe?

There's also the option to try and pair of the ACC's winner against another league's runner-up, which sounds like the plan the ACC has in mind.

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Big East Expansion: BYU Or Air Force Likely To Join, According To Report

The Big East stands at 12 football members, with the Navy Midshipmen set to port in 2015. Along the way, they've tried to add the other two service academies, with Army delivering a flat no and the Air Force Falcons never really giving a final answer that we know of. So, naturally, enter BYU Cougars news out of absolutely nowhere -- BYU's name hasn't been connected to the Big East since November.

Philly.com's Keith Pompey:

Teams will play eight-game league schedules once the conference expands from eight teams to 12 in 2013. The conference is expected to grow to 14 teams in 2015. That's when Navy joins for football only. Brigham Young or Air Force is expected to join Navy, according to multiple sources at the spring meetings.

Air Force would enter with three automatic rivals in Boise State, Navy and San Diego State, but BYU might be the best get the Big East could hope for, perhaps even better in the long term than Boise State. However, the Cougars would have a lot to give up in order to join the league, having just decided to go independent.

For more on Cougars football, visit BYU blog Vanquish The Foe.

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Conference Realignment: Notre Dame Affirms Big East Membership

As Big East meetings continue in Florida, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish remain at the center of conference realignment's future. Notre Dame is a Big East member in sports besides football, meaning it has both its own football independence and league membership at stake as the map shifts.

The Irish say they're sticking with the current arrangement, despite contact with Texas keeping the rumors and speculation at maximum.

"Our operating assumption is that we will remain aligned with the Big East," AD Jack Swarbrick said. "I don't want to create the impression that there's some active evaluation of that going on. As I said many times, we're sensitive to the changes and we monitor them closely."

Swarbrick also downplayed his communications with Texas AD DeLoss Dodds.

With the Big 12, ACC and Big Ten all very presumably interested in Notre Dame, that makes four of the top six conferences directly invested in what comes of the Irish. We might start to find out more after the 2014 playoff plan is announced next month, but we'll definitely continue to see developments as 2015, when ND's NBC contract is up, nears.

For more on Irish football, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down, plus SB Nation Indiana.

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Notre Dame To The Big 12 And Other Best/Worst Case Scenarios For Conference Realignment

While we wait for the late-summer conference realignment scramble, let's go ahead and prepare ourselves for the best and the worst.

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What's Your College Football Program Worth? Introducing Realignment Value Rankings

If we're going to follow conference realignment as if it's a sport, we might as well come up with a scoring system.

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Boise State Going Through With Big East Thing After All, According To Report

The Boise St. Broncos, scheduled to join the Big East in 2013, reportedly had second thoughts about leaving the Mountain West while trying to decide what to do with their non-football sports and seeing multiple Big East schools look for a way out. But with the Big West emerging as a possible repository for football-free sports, the decision has been made to proceed, reports Brett McMurphy:

The Broncos had several recent discussions with MWC reps about staying in the Mountain West, sources told CBSSports.com. Boise State officials wanted to finalize its decision this week, because they didn't want to attend the Big East's meetings, which start Sunday, in Ponte Verda Beach, Fla., if they weren't going to join the league.

Great news for the Big East, which could lose the Louisville Cardinals and Connecticut Huskies right away if realignment goes haywire thanks to moves by the Florida St. Seminoles, Notre Dame Fighting Irish or others.

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Conference Realignment: The Big 12 Should Swing For The Fences

The Big 12 has, on multiple occasions, found itself on life support in the last couple of years of conference realignment. For a brief moment, however, it has a chance to go on the offensive. It should not waste the opportunity.

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Big East Expansion: Boise State Could Be Having Cold Feet, Reportedly

When college football fans realized the sport is soon to get a playoff, many of us began wondering about whether the Boise St. Broncos would rethink their decision to leave the Mountain West for the automatic-qualifying BCS. But the Broncos would still make more TV money in the Big East, and I think most admins knew AQ status was going away anyway.

But since playoff news came out, Boise State beat writers have repeatedly been asked whether the Broncos are reconsidering the move. The latest development was Boise State asking the Big East for help in finding a new home for its non-football sports, which aren't joining the Big East, can't be left in the Mountain West and have no WAC to turn to.

And now this, from Brett McMurphy:

An industry source told CBSSports.com that Mountain West representatives met with Boise State officials earlier this week to persuade the Broncos to remain in the MWC. Adding to that possibility is that the Broncos still haven't formally notified the Mountain West they are withdrawing from the league.

CBSSports.com asked Boise State for a comment about the MWC meeting and why the school had not formally withdrawn from the Mountain West. "We are actively monitoring the changing landscape in college athletics and remain committed to making the best long-term decisions for Boise State," a spokesman said.

With the Louisville Cardinals and Connecticut Huskies pretty much openly looking for a way out of the Big East, along with ancient basketball-football discord, the Big East might not look as stable as its eventual 13-strong membership might suggest.

For more on Broncos football, visit Boise State blog OBNUG, plus SB Nation Denver.

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Conference Realignment: Louisville Wants Either Big 12 Or ACC, According To Report

For months now, reports have had the Louisville Cardinals as the Big 12's next target in the event that the Big 12 indeed makes a move for 12 football schools. The Cards tried to swipe the West Virginia Mountaineers' invite, in fact. Now, with the Florida St. Seminoles and Clemson Tigers emerging as widely hypothesized potential additions to the Big 12, Louisville could be in good shape to get what it reportedly wants: out of the Big East.

Andy Katz reports Louisville is making no secrets of its desire to land in either the ACC or the Big 12, meaning a move by the Big 12 into ACC territory could be an all-but guaranteed win for the Cards. Either they could accompany FSU into the Big 12, or they could help shore up football losses in the ACC. Again, all totally scenarios and war-planning, but this could shape up nicely for UL.

Louisville blog Card Chronicle analyzes:

The fact that Louisville would prefer to get out of the Big East isn't exactly news. The play they made last fall to try and woo the Big 12 spoke pretty loudly. Tom Jurich being completely up front about that desire, however, is news.

For months, Jurich has made statements along the lines of "we're in the Big East and will do whatever we can to strengthen the Big East going forward, but of course we're still going to keep all of our options open." This was essentially a lengthy euphemism for, "if someone asks, we're bouncing."

Now, with U of L ally John Marinatto having been forced out, there's no reason for Louisville to be polite.

For more on Cardinals football, visit Louisville blog Card Chronicle, plus Big East blog Big East Coast Bias and SB Nation Indiana.

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Temple Football Joining Big East For 2012, Other Sports Joining Later

The Big East has scheduled a press conference for noon. It's probably not about Peyton Manning or the New Orleans Saints. It's probably also not about announcing the start of the Big East Tournament. What oh what could it be about? Let's ask the Houston Cougars, soon-to-be Big East members:

That's either the Miami Marlins or the Temple Owls, and, thanks to CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy, we're pretty sure it's Temple. Owls football will indeed join the Big East for 2012, but McMurphy reports other sports won't join until 2013. There's a bit of a scheduling rush that makes Temple football quite valuable to the league immediately, since the West Virginia Mountaineers left a schedule gap when they left for the Big 12. The same vacancy doesn't exist in basketball, as the Big East will have approximately all of the basketball teams.

For more on Temple football, visit SB Nation Philly.

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Temple To Big East In 2012 Is Likely, According To Report

The Temple Owls have been talking up a return to the Big East for almost a year now, and according to multiple reports, they might just about be set to make it in. CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy reports Temple is likely to replace the West Virginia Mountaineers in all sports in 2012. The 2012-2013 athletic year begins in just a few months, and we're really cutting it close this time around.

It would also eliminate the need for the Boise St. Broncos to hurry up and make a move without having a good place to stow their non-football teams. Boise had been looking at a return to the WAC with their other sports, but the WAC might not exist beyond any particular day of the week.

The Big East would have 13 eventual football members if Temple joined on and nobody left, but this does raise speculation that the Louisville Cardinals could be headed to the Big 12.

For more on Temple football, visit SB Nation Philly. Also, head over to Big East Coast Bias.

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West Virginia's Big East Exit To Be Announced Tuesday, According To Report

By multiple accounts, Valentine's Day is the day for the West Virginia Mountaineers to finally flee the clutches of the Big East for the Big 12. The spurned conference will announce soon that WVU has left and will compete in the Big 12 in 2012-2013, CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy reports. He also reports the Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers won't leave early for the ACC.

Regarding that $20 million buyout West Virginia owes the Big East for splitting early, the MetroNews reports $2.5 million has already been paid, along with an interesting structure for the next $10 million:

WVU, however, will get half of that payment from the Big 12, sources say. $5 million will be a direct gift while the remaining $5 million will be returned to the Big 12 in future years by WVU taking a smaller payout from the league.

The remaining $7.5 million could be composed of money that the Big East owed West Virginia anyway, meaning the 'Eers could get out of the deal without having to pay much of anything. See what a little lawyerin' and a little patience can get you?

For more on the Mountaineers fight to leave the Big East, visit The Smoking Musket. For updates on Big East football, basketball and expansion, visit Big East Coast Bias, and stay tuned to our college conference realignment section.

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Memphis Likely Next To Join Big East, According To Report

Sounds like Rick Pitino's about to get his wish. The Louisville Cardinals coach, who's lobbied for the Memphis Tigers to be included in the new worldwide Big East, is surely pleased to see CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy reporting the Tigers are expected to join in all sports in two years. This follows up on earlier buzz about such a move.

Bringing on Memphis football won't excite anybody, as it may be the most downtrodden program in the FBS ranks, but Tigers basketball could help restore a portion of the Big East's traditional hoops-first image.

Once the Navy Midshipmen join in 2015, the league could be up to a hearty 12 football members, allowing it to play conference championship games. This would also seem to indicate the Air Force Falcons remained unconvinced for this go-round, unless the Big East is thinking a heart 14 football members spanning the globe. However, Louisville still seem like a good bet to leave for the Big 12, and Pitino would have a new conference to try and drag Memphis into. It never ends!

The good news: Memphis is at least east of the Mississippi, even if only by a little bitty bit.

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Big East Expansion: Navy's 2015 Addition Doubles Exit Fee

The Navy Midshipmen have officially charted course for the Big East, with a Tuesday afternoon announcement proclaiming their 2015 docking, but only for football. Whether they can help persuade the Air Force Falcons to lend air support remains to be seen. One thing they have accomplished, however, is blockading current conference members from escaping without paying a $10 million exit fee.

As foretold long ago by commissioner John Marinatto, the admittance of either Navy or Air Force would double the conference's current exit fee. Not sure who else is left that's actually a target for another conference -- Louisville or Boise State for the Big 12, perhaps -- but there's really little difference between a $5 million penalty and a $10 million one, when you really get down to the money at stake in conference realignment.

Still, the Mids have given up well over a century of football independence to join the same conference as DePaul basketball. Games against San Diego State should come with ready-made story lines, thanks to San Diego's naval presence, but other than that ...

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Big East Expansion: Navy Will Announce Tuesday Plans To Join, According To Reports

It seems the Big East will become just a little bit bigger, and doesn't have to go all the way to San Diego to do it this time. According to a report from ESPN's Joe Schad, the Navy Midshipmen will join the Big East as football-only members in 2015. Once a football doormat, the Mids made nine consecutive appearances in bowl games last decade, a streak that ended just this past season.

Navy will join a motley crew of sorts in the Big East. After losing Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC in the first wave of realignment, West Virginia defected to the Big 12 and TCU, which was slated to join the Big East next football season, changed its mind and became another Texas team in the Big 12. Schad sums it up nicely:

When WVU leaves and Navy, Boise, SMU, UCF, Houston, SD State all join the BE will have 11 football tms
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Big East Football, circa 2015: where "meh" happens.

Update: Numerous outlets have confirmed Schad's report, including CBS Sports and the Associated Press.

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Big East Expansion: Boise State, Others To Be Introduced At 5 P.M. ET

Big East expansion rumors have been a hot topic, along with conference expansion in general, for quite a while. The conference plans to make its expansion official on Wednesday night, however, during a media teleconference at 5 p.m. Eastern time "to address conference membership."

The school didn't release any further details on its website other than a link to listen to the press conference live, but its widely expected that the Boise State Broncos, Houston Cougars, San Diego State Aztecs, Central Florida Knights and SMU Mustangs will all officially be announced as official members of the Big East during the conference call.

It's unclear exactly where the eastern portion of the conference's name comes into play when adding San Diego State into the mix, but that was likely due to Boise State requesting that a travel partner join the conference with the Broncos. San Diego State was the second option, but made the move when the BYU Cougars turned the conference down due to a disagreement with the television rights.

Keep up with the latest news and notes on the conference expansion whirlwind, with SB Nation's comprehensive conference realignment coverage. And for more fan perspective on the Big East, head to our blog Big East Coast Bias.

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Big East Suing West Virginia Right Back Over Big 12 Exit

The West Virginia Mountaineers are suing the Big East, which is pretty fun. Sports are fun. Now the Big East has announced it's suing WVU in return, which is also pretty fun, like sports:

Brett McMurphy@McMurphyCBS Big East filed suit against West Virginia in Superior Court in Rhode Island, seeking WVU to comply w/Big East bylaws    

At issue: West Virginia contends it should be able to leave the Big East for the Big 12 before the agreed-upon 27-month waiting period. The Eers feel the Big East just isn't fit anymore -- despite its pending acquisitions of Boise State and other noteworthies -- and that the conference's disrepair should excuse their haste.

The Big East, of course, wants West Virginia to stick around and enjoy this northeastern family atmosphere for just a couple more years. Who could turn that down?

For more, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket and Big East Coast Bias. Stay tuned to SB Nation's conference realignment news section.

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Big East Expansion: Unnamed Invites Sent, Reportedly Only To Football Schools

Big East commissioner John Marinatto closed out a series of conference meetings with an address to media on Tuesday. Key among his comments: the Big East will expand to 12 teams as planned, and invites should begin going out within the next week. No surprises there. Oh, and West Virginia's lawsuit is no good.

He declined to name any of the schools getting invites, but it was reported by Mark Viera that non-football schools are included in the mix. That part would definitely be news, as the list of expected additions (Boise State, UCF, Navy, Air Force, SMU, Houston and maybe Temple) doesn't include any schools that don't play football.

However:

Brett McMurphy@McMurphyCBS Reports of Big East extending "non-football memberships" inaccurate. They will offer invites to schools for football-only & all-sports    

So there goes that idea. Here's an entirely speculative look at just what that kind of thing could look like if it were to actually happen, though.

For more on the Big East, visit Big East Coast Bias. And stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.

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West Virginia To Sue Big East In Order To Leave For Big 12, According To Report

Hey, what's the worst thing in the world? Conference realignment during football season? Yes! Now, what's the next worst thing in the world? Lawsuits, maybe? Good thing nobody's thought to combine them in a really long tiOH NOOO:

Brett McMurphy@McMurphyCBS West Virginia to file suit against Big East so it may join Big 12 next year, according to document obtained by @CBSSports

At issue: the West Virginia Mountaineers want to leave the Big East for the 2012 season, while the Big East wants to hold WVU to that 27-month waiting period. The battle lines were instantly and publicly drawn right here, though there's also a report that the Mountaineers are willing to pay more than four times the Big East's $5 million exit fee in order to realign. 

So ... yeah. Just when conference realignment looked to be settling down for a while, it looks like we're guaranteed another saga. Really just wish the Big East would realize we're talking about West Virginia, a state that once successfully seceded from a seceded state. They're pretty good at disassociating with stuff.

For more on the Mountaineers, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket and Big East Coast Bias. And stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.

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West Virginia And Not Louisville To Join Big 12, According To New Report

Feel like we just said all this earlier in the week, but here we go again: the West Virginia Mountaineers will join the Big 12, CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy reported Friday morning. This is an entirely different report than the last round, which saw McMurphy, Pete Thamel and local WVU beat writers report the move as a done deal before politicians got involved and the Big 12 decided to take a few days and think about it.

(That's on the Big 12, not on lovely West Virginia or any of these fine reporters.)

McMurphy reports the conference won't also bring on the Louisville Cardinals at this point and will remain at 10 teams. It's been reported the Texas Longhorns would prefer to remain at 10, while others in the conference like the idea of being able to hold a conference championship game.

It's hard to imagine McMurphy reporting this as done after the Big 12 already changed its mind once, but let's still presume it's not a 100 percent done deal just yet. 

For more on the Mountaineers, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. For more on the Cardinals, visit Louisville blog Card Chronicle. And stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.

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West Virginia: No Conference Announcement Wednesday

According to a press release by West Virginia University, there will not be a press conference tomorrow to announce the Mountaineers will be joining the Big 12. In an official release, the school stated the following:

"Contrary to media reports, there is no press conference scheduled for Wed. concerning West Virginia University's athletic conference affiliation. There are no further comments at this time."

This directly contradicts a report by Mitch Vingle stating that WVU to the Big 12 was a done deal and would be announced on Wednesday. Much of this was predicated on the thought that the Missouri Tigers would be announcing their leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, which in turn would send WVU to the Big 12 as rumored. According to the university however, that doesn't seem to be the case. 

For more on the 'Eers, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. And stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.

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West Virginia To Big 12 To Be Announced Wednesday, According To Report

Well now. Just hours after reports emerged that the West Virginia Mountaineers will bolt from the Big East for the Big 12, here's beat writer Mitch Vingle reporting a Wednesday press conference to announce WVU as the Big 12's 10th member:

Confirmed. WVU to Big 12 is a done deal. There will be a press conference with the Big 12 folks tomorrow. The long wait/mess is over...
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Also, if the timelines are correct, that means the Missouri Tigers should announce they'll leave the Big 12 either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, since their presence was WVU's primary impediment. Right?

Not all schools take this as slowly as Mizzou does, at least. The Big 12 also grabbed TCU out of nowhere, and Syracuse and Pittsburgh both left for the ACC before anybody knew they were gone, almost literally.

The Big East will be down to five football schools upon WVU's exit.

For more on the 'Eers, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. And stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.

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Big 12 Expansion: West Virginia Reportedly Invited Within 48 Hours Of Missouri Exit

Here's the second report of the day that the West Virginia Mountaineers will soon leave the Big East for the Big 12, and the second to note the Missouri Tigers holdup is the primary impediment. CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy reports WVU will get an invitation once Mizzou is cleared out, with his tweet on the matter adding a 24-to-48-hour window for that invite.

Pete Thamel of the New York Times reports West Virginia has already applied and been accepted, meaning the formal invite would come after Mizzou leaves.

The Mountaineers will have to pay a $5 million exit fee if they leave the Big East, or a $10 million fee if they leave once the Navy Midshipmen or Air Force Falcons join, according to an agreement the Big East reached just a couple weeks ago. Hence the hurry.

Once again, all eyes turn to Missouri, where chancellor Brady Deaton appears to just be waiting on legal whatnot to be straightened out before announcing the Tigers will pull out of the Big 12.

For more on the 'Eers, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. And stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.

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Big East Expansion: Navy, Air Force Key In Fee Increase, According To Report

The Big East voted on an exit fee increase that is aimed at making the conference a more attractive and stable destination for potential football schools.

The Big East is reportedly prepared to increase it's exit fee to $10 million if Navy and Air Force join the conference as football-only members. On Monday night, Big East presidents and chancellors voted unanimously in favor of the increase, according to CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy.

The hike in exit fee represents an increased financial committment from the leagues remaining members: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida and West Virginia. That's purpose of the $5 million increase -- to help convince Navy and Air Force that the remaining Big East member schools are committed to the conference. The services academies are reportedly interested in joining the conference as football-only schools, but want to be sure they are moving into a stable situation.

With the recent shifts in the college football landscape ongoing and dramatic, that is a reasonable concern. Via McMurphy:

Less than an hour before the Big East’s presidents and chancellors held their teleconference Monday night with Commissioner John Marinatto, the New York Times reported Missouri’s departure from the Big 12 was "inevitable and imminent."

That development would have a significant impact on the league, specifically Big East members Louisville and West Virginia, who sources have told CBSSports.com are prime candidates to receive a Big 12 invitation if Missouri left. However, all of the Big East’s 14 members still voted unanimously for the increased exit fee.

For more, visit Big East Coast Bias. Stay tuned to SB Nation's conference realignment news section.

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Boise State To Big East? Invite Coming Soon, According To Reports

Multiple outlets have reported that the Big East is ready to invite the Boise St. Broncos, but it wasn't until CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy said an invite could be coming as soon as next week that it felt like an actual thing. According to McMurphy, the Central Florida Knights, Navy Midshipmen and Air Force Falcons would also be included in that first batch of invites, matching an earlier New York Post report.

McMurphy's new detail: the Temple Owls would be excluded at the expense of the SMU Mustangs and Houston Cougars. Which would mean Villanova would get its way and remain the only Big East school in Philly.

Basically, the news here is that McMurphy is reporting Boise State could soon get an invite to the Big East. His record on Big East realignment means this is probably happening for real.

For more, visit Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God and Big East Coast Bias. Stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.

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Big East Expansion Authorized: Navy, Air Force And Maybe Army Reported Targets

The Big East has finally gotten around to deciding on expansion. The votes are in, and ... they'll expand! This is great news, considering they were just a Big 12 poaching or two away from completely vanishing as a football conference. Better late than never.

As has long been the buzz, the Navy Midshipmen and Air Force Falcons are expected to be two prime candidates, according to USA Today's Kelly Whiteside, along with perhaps the Army Black Knights. But only football for Army.

Also according to Whiteside, the Louisville Cardinals and West Virginia Mountaineers are likely to stick around instead of leaving for the Big 12. That could mean the Big 12 would turn its focus to the BYU Cougars and maybe even the Boise St. Broncos. It's not an October conference realignment story if it doesn't involve Boise State somehow. 

For more, check Mountain West Connection and Big East Coast Bias. Stay tuned for more conference realignment news.

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TCU To Big 12 Definitely Happening: Conference, School Both Announce Discussions

See anything interesting in the Big 12's announcement that it will expand by adding the TCU Horned Frogs? First, congratulations to TCU, which competed and boardroom'd its way from the WAC in 1997 and into its region's power football conference alongside the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners.

But on to the release:

Acting upon a unanimous recommendation of its expansion subcommittee, the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors has authorized negotiations with Texas Christian University to become the Conference's 10th member, and instructed interim commissioner Chuck Neinas to immediately begin discussions with TCU. 

The action of the Board was without dissent. On the advice of legal counsel, The University of Missouri did not participate in the vote.    

It was unanimous, meaning the Baylor Bears had no problem taking TCU away from the Big East after complaining loud and long about other conferences removing Texas A&M from the Big 12. You'll also note the Missouri Tigers didn't participate, as they're currently teetering between the Big 12 and the SEC.

Likewise, here's TCU chancellor Victor Boschini:

These discussions with the Big 12 have huge implications for TCU. It will allow us to return to old rivalries, something our fans and others have been advocating for many years. As always, we must consider what's best for TCU and our student-athletes in this ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics. We look forward to continuing these discussions with the Big 12.    

It's not official official yet, but there's no way the Big 12 and TCU would announce it if it's not a done deal.

For more, visit TCU blog Frogs O' War and Big East Coast Bias

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Big 12 Expansion: TCU To Ditch Big East, According To Report

After losing three (and maybe four) teams to other conferences over the past two years, the Big 12 is finally making moves of its own. According to CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy, who's been rock solid on all matters relating to Big East realignment, the TCU Horned Frogs have been invited to join the Big 12 and are expected to accept. The Austin-American Stateman's Kirk Bohls says the deal should be finalized "over the next few days."

TCU had planned to join the Big East in 2012, but continued shakiness in that conference made a move closer to home the safer pick. The Big 12 needs stability, too, so such a move would be a win-win all round.

The Big 12 likely won't be done after this move, since they still must await the fate of the Missouri Tigers. In a way, bringing on TCU could even help steer Mizzou back toward their current home conference and away from the SEC, since it doesn't sound like the Tigers are quite as smitten with the southeast as many had thought.

For more, visit TCU blog Frogs O' War and Big East Coast Bias

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Syracuse, Pitt Officially Announced As New ACC Members

Well, that came out of nowhere. The Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers were announced in a Sunday morning release as the ACC's 13th and 14th teams. Pretty amazing, considering that before Saturday there were barely even rumors of these schools getting the call-up.

There's no reason to assume the ACC is done, as it could still lose Virginia Tech to the SEC, somehow convince Texas to join or wait and see if there are any other suitable Big East leftovers once that conference collapses. The Big East's bylaws place Pitt and Cuse into the ACC in 2014, but the Big East isn't really in a position to enforce much of anything, so presume 2012.

The rationale for the additions, from commissioner John Swofford:

"The ACC has enjoyed a rich tradition by balancing academics and athletics and the addition of Pitt and Syracuse further strengthens the ACC culture in this regard," said commissioner John Swofford. "Pittsburgh and Syracuse also serve to enhance the ACC’s reach into the states of New York and Pennsylvania and geographically bridges our footprint between Maryland and Massachusetts. With the addition of Pitt and Syracuse, the ACC will cover virtually the entire Eastern Seaboard of the United States."

For more, head to Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and Pitt blog Cardiac Hill, which will soon big ACC blogs.

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Villanova Vote On Big East Expansion Move Delayed Indefinitely

The early reports out of Villanova on Monday had merit, as it happens, and Tuesday's planned vote on whether or not the program will join the Big East has been put on indefinite hold thanks to existent member concerns about Nova's lack of a high-capacity stadium. SB Nation's Nova Blog has an email from university president Fr. Peter Donohue that reads, in part:

Without a clear and formal invitation from the Big East, we cannot proceed. We are now working with the Big East to provide whatever additional information and details we can. It is our hope that in the near future we will proceed with the Board of Trustees vote as planned.

Needless to say, after all this hurry-up-and-now-wait, our Nova community ain't happy -- with anybody, really.

[A]pparently, the the communication not only amongst the conference members, but between Villanova and the Big East was so astoundingly horrible that at the 11th hour it was discovered that Villanova's plan wasn't up to the expectations of the conference members. On the surface, the Big East looks to have screwed the pooch pretty bad on this one - but we're not letting ourselves off the hook either.

Over in the peanut gallery, the NCAA's compliance blogger, John Infante, has a cheeky renaming suggestion for when they get this stadium thing worked out, and meanwhile, UCF's all, "Oooh! Oooh! Pick me! Pick me!"

Stay tuned to this StoryStream, The Nova Blog, and SB Nation Philly for more news on possible Big East expansion in 2011.

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Bloggers React To TCU Joining The Big East

A look around the SBNation college blog network reveals varying opinions on Monday’s news that TCU will join the Big East Conference in 2012.

BCS Evolution says the move all but kills the MWC’s bid for a BCS invitation:

Losing TCU kills any life support that bid had. Because the move happens in the 2012-2013 season, TCU will still count for the MWC in the numbers. Those numbers will come up short of a guaranteed automatic qualification, but should leave then eligible to petition for an automatic qualification. The loss of TCU the following year critically wounds the MWC’s case. Normally I would publish those numbers after an expansion, but the next scheduled release is due early next week (after the final BCS standigns are released).

I expect the MWC to extend an invite to at least three of Idaho, Utah State, San Jose State, and New Mexico State in the very near future. Hawaii has flirted with independence, but the issue may be forced upon them if the MWC insists that they add too much travel cost with too little value added.

Mountain West Connection says the financial considerations of the deal were just too much for TCU to shy away from:

In 2012 TCU will earn roughly 4-5 times the amount of television revenue than it could in the MWC and possibly much more than that when the contract is renegotiated for 2013. This money will be quite a boon for TCU’s athletic development as TCU is a private university that does not receive public funding like a University of Texas does, so the extra athletic revenue will help to further improve the athletic department and facilities.

The extra money is nice but it will be even better to be back on ESPN again and get some heavy east coast exposure. ESPN is great not only because of the amount of eyes on the games but also the amount of love and publicity ESPN will throw your way as they shamelessly promote those games. Boise State got a good taste of that love this year and conversely TCU felt the cold shoulder that you get when you’re not an ESPN product, which was especially evident last night on the BCS Countdown Show.

The UConn Blog is wondering how the heck a 17-team basketball conference is going to work:

The frank truth is that a 17-team basketball league is probably unworkable. The Big East may find some crazy-ass way to do it, but I’d bet that this either starts the break-up of the conference (especially if the Big East looks to expand further, which wouldn’t shock me) or marks the beginning of the end for some schools. Let’s just say that if I was the athletic director at DePaul, I wouldn’t let John Marinatto take me on any fishing trips to Lake Tahoe.

Card Chronicle sees nothing but upside for all parties involved:

It’s an understatement to say that is the best case scenario as far as the first step in expanding the league goes. TCU still has an outside shot at winning the national championship this season, and if recent years are any indication, the program figures to remain in solid shape by the time the move happens. In short, the league gets its respectable eight-game conference schedule and does so by adding a perennial top 25 program and emerging player on the national scene.

Anonymous Eagle wonders how the arrival of a Texas school will impact recruiting and scheduling for the other Big East squads:

First and foremost, it may have an impact on recruiting. Buzz’s contacts in Texas have funneled a steady stream of talent up north. Will TCU stem that flow? I tend to think not. In fact, it should only increase MU’s exposure in the area and will guarantee recruits at least two trips back to their home state.

What remains to be seen is how this will impact Big East conference scheduling and the Big East tournament. The path of least resistance for scheduling is to keep the 18 game conference season and drop one of the three mirror games. They league may also consider a single round robin 16 game league schedule. Either way, TCU limits Marquette’s opportunities to play the conference heavies. I can’t even venture a guess on how the conference tournament will work. Will the bottom feeder team stay home?

Cardiac Hill doesn’t see what all the fuss is over the travel concerns:

So there’s also one other issue that is irking some – the distance. How will TCU and the league cope with the distance? Well, to be honest, I think we’re going to see a lot more of this. The Big Ten and Nebraska kind of kicked things off as Lincoln isn’t exactly a hop, skip, and a jump away from schools like Penn State. The more time goes on, the more we’re going to see schools and conferences simply learn to deal with this. Flights cost money, but is a flight to Fort Worth from Syracuse really all that much more than one to Louisville? I can’t imagine so.

Voodoo Five is surprised the basketball-only schools accepted the deal:

I’m surprised that the basketball schools caved in and let TCU in as an all-sports member, but it is the best thing for the conference as a whole. TCU raises the profile of the football side of things, and their Olympic sports are quite good, with their baseball and women’s basketball teams consistently ranked in the Top 25. Maybe most importantly, TCU’s BCS rankings will be attributed to the Big East when reevaluation starts in a few years.

Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is happy to see TCU join up but concerned about the timing of the announcement:

I’m all for the Horned Frogs joining up for quite a few reasons. That said, I think the timing is awful for two specific reasons:

1. All it’s going to do it remind everyone how much better TCU is than every other team in the Big East and how bad Big East football has been this year.

2. Let the “can TCU have the Big East’s automatic bid this year?” jokes begin.

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University Confirms TCU's Intent To Join Big East

TCU's gone and held their official press conference confirming the report that the Horned Frogs are, in fact jumping ship from the Mountain West to the Big East for the 2012 athletics season. If you'd like to view the Q&A in its entirety, the full video is available on the university website. For the impatient, we've got pertinent tidbits from the official announcement:

• The trustees' decision to jump from mids to majors was unanimous.

• The official exit date for the Horned Frogs is July 1, 2012.

• Fun media numbers highlighting the business side of the decision:

In adding TCU and the nation's fifth-largest television market, the Big East Conference further strengthens its footprint on the national television scene. Big East markets already contained almost one-fourth of all television households in the United States. Big East institutions currently reside in nine of the nation's top-35 media markets.

• Of course, joining a conference they'll win every year from here to eternity AND get a guaranteed BCS bid has to be nice, too. Make room in the trophy case, facilities personnel:

"The Board of Trustees, along with TCU's administration, thoroughly examined the invitation and came to the conclusion that joining the Big East is the right move to make at this time," said Luther King, chair of TCU's Board of Trustees. "This University has a lot of momentum and joining the Big East will accelerate that momentum."

And though the geography of a trip to, say, Storrs is comparable to the distance between TCU and would-be conference-mate Boise State, if TCU's basketball program is het up about having to motor all the way over to the East Coast so many times per year, they have only one of their own to blame:

Pitt men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon and a TCU alumnus, confirmed that he did initiate contact between his alma mater and the Big East. Dixon was with Del Conte for a homecoming weekend against Baylor Sept. 18. Dixon and Del Conte spoke about how the Big East was going to need another football member. Dixon tested TCU's interest and then let Marinatto know of the Horned Frogs' desire to look at membership. Once TCU's football team rose in the BCS standings and the Big East struggled, the matter became a need for both parties.
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TCU AD: No Football-Only Big East Membership For Horned Frogs

At this point, pretty much all we know of the Big East conference expansion plan is that the conference does, in fact, intend to expand its ranks to include ten member football football schools. (If it can.) Following initial reports that the conference had spoken to TCU and Villanova about joining up, TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte first denied he'd been contacted about jumping ship from the Mountain West, and is now shooting down rumors they'd split up the school's programs, saying he wouldn't want to send Horned Frogs football to compete in a separate conference.

"We’re an athletic department," he said in a telephone interview with Sporting News. "Whatever endeavor we do, you’re united as one. That’s who we are. That’s how we always compete. We compete as one unit."

But, just to complicate matters, he's of course leaving options on the table (and invoking Bette Midler?):

"My sole job is to provide the wind beneath the wings for our teams to compete for championships, whatever that may be," he said. "I will always look at the things we need."

As for a move to the Big East, Del Conte said the reports remain premature, and that TCU’s football program is comfortable for now as a Mountain West Conference member.

For now. With TCU undefeated and gunning for a slot in the national title game, the view from a Horned Frog's blood-rimmed eyes must seem rosy indeed. If they win out and get slighted by Oregon or Auburn, however, it wouldn't be hard to imagine some longing gazes being cast towards a conference where TCU could immediately wreck shop and be guaranteed a BCS berth.

Or, this could all still be a coy smokescreen to get Nova to realize it's loved the Big East all along. Mon dieu, the suspense! Tune in this winter, when actual football ends and we'll be forced to talk about this kind of thing all the time.

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