Who are you most worried for in the great conference shift of 2011, if you don't have a house on one of the fault lines? The Big 12's lesser lights and the Big East, right? According to the New York Post's Lenn Robbins, the Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas St. Wildcats and Missouri Tigers could have a landing place in the Big East.
Sure, that's one report from the New York Post, but it does echo the plan that Adam Zagoria reported around this time last year. That report also included the Iowa St. Cyclones, but Robbins writes that the Big East's acquisition of the TCU Horned Frogs has made the Clones the odd school out.
Mizzou is also reportedly one of the final contestants for a spot in the SEC, however. That's a hands-down better place to be. According to this pair of scenarios, Iowa State could find a home yet. But we're like four huge moves ahead of reality at this point.
Adding those three would bring the Big East to 12 football teams and empower it to play a championship game. For most conferences, basketball is a distant concern, but the Big East actually cares about that stuff -- and hey, great, these three can play some hoops.
Its membership would actually start to sort of make sense geographically, with teams in Texas, Florida, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Kansas and Missouri spread across the eastern half of the country. Not that the Big East or any current Big 12 teams are all that concerned about geography right now. I'm just saying it would look nice.