Having lost Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC and future member TCU to the Big 12, and with current member West Virginia seemingly almost entirely out the door to the Big 12, the Big East is, as logic would dictate, casting about for new teams to bolster its dwindling membership rolls. Could SMU be one of those teams? Big East officials met with SMU on Sunday, according to the Dallas Morning News, and the Mustangs might be a part of the Big East's plan to restock with six or more teams.
The Big East has already reached out to a group of teams including Boise State, Houston, Central Florida, Navy, and Air Force. Of those, Boise State is the obvious prize, but it's the group of five teams that would give the conference the bulk and reach to negotiate for more millions (and perhaps billions) in an upcoming TV contract. And SMU's connection to the lucrative, football-mad Dallas market is no doubt appealing.