Predicting the Next Conference Realignment Moves

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Predicting the Next Conference Realignment Moves

Conference shuffle fever began sweeping through the collegiate sports world in 2010 with South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Boise State, Utah, Fresno State, Hawaii, Denver, Nevada, BYU, Southern Utah, North Dakota, Texas State, TCU and Texas at San Antonio announcing their intent to join new conferences.

Eighteen additional teams joined that list soon after.

Just like in the 2005 conference realignment, the Big East, ACC and Conference USA are at the center of it.

Earlier this week the Big East surprised many by choosing to extend an invite to the University of Memphis, one of the founding members of C-USA, over Temple and East Carolina universities.

Yesterday, the Big East and West Virginia University representatives reportedly reached a $20 million settlement that will allow WVU to officially gain early full Big 12 membership on July 1 as opposing to waiting.

Many expect Louisville to soon make a jump to the Big 12 as well.

With conference realignment having a reputation for unpredictability, it is kind of hard to say what will happen next but we do know shuffling is not quite over yet.

Here is my prediction, with some less likely scenarios mixed in, of what should happen over the next couple of months.

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