With the news about the Big East non-football schools being expected to split, discussion has been quite extensive regarding where the seven schools will ultimately wind up.
The prevailing wisdom indicates that these schools—Georgetown, Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Providence, DePaul and Marquette—will work to form a new, non-football conference.
For college basketball fans, the idea of a basketball-friendly league such as this is very appealing. This proposed league could serve as a refreshing counterpart to the BCS conglomerates, which can drive schools away from their basketball strongholds for the sake of maintaining some relevance on the football field.
If these teams create the foundation of a new league, it could become the desired landing spot for dozens of schools which do not compete in football—or at least do not compete at the FBS level.
All of this is still merely an idea. It's possible these seven schools will wind up latching on to the Atlantic 10, and no new conference will be formed.
For now, however, it is interesting to think about the possibilities that could lie ahead for certain schools. Some of them have only dreamed to play in a conference that could compete on a top-tier level in basketball.
With the prospect of migrating to what would become the premier non-football conference in the country, there is yet another potential ripple effect lying in wait. On one hand, it may not be quite as extensive as the ones we’ve seen over the past several years.
On the other hand, conferences that have thus far not been dramatically affected by the whole football-driven realignment may suddenly find themselves in danger of losing their long-time core members.
Here are some conferences that may be susceptible to teams leaving for a new Big East-spinoff league.