Unless you live under a rock you know that there is a mass exodus from the Big East. Syracuse and Pitt are set to join the ACC. West Virginia already hit the road for the Big 12. UConn and Louisville have been trying to get out but seem trapped like it is Groundhog Day over and over again. Despite the exodus, the Big East braintrust has been slow to react since the defections started.
Lately, the Big East has been picking up some steam and they have six schools (Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, SMU and UCF) that will be joining the conference for the 2013 season. Brett McMurphy from CBS Sports had an article a few days ago talking about how the Big East has been pushing Boise State to join the conference in 2012. He went on to say that Boise State has reached out to the WAC to see if they could support some of Boise's other sports programs if they do jump to the Big East. McMurphy also said he's talked to two other sources that think the Broncos will play the 2012 season in the Big East.
Just as the Big East was hit hard by defections, the Big East has now hit the lower rungs of the FBS hard. So hard in fact that the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA will both be folding and merging into one conference. Let's take a look at this new conference from an East/West perspective:
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I love college football but let's be honest for minute. Does that look appealing to you? Best case scenario is you get a Championship Game out of this conference that is Southern Miss against Hawaii. Not exactly must see TV. I will take some #MACtion over that any day of the week. Do you want some more good news? This new league is looking to expand to 18 to 24 teams. Call me a killjoy, but I'm not exactly looking forward to this merger.