No matter what, the Big East is always a vulnerable league due to its status as an 8-team BCS conference. The only thing saving the league from demotion is its strong basketball roots and the relative success of programs like Cincinnati, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Louisville in the past.
The only way for the league to survive is to add new schools that'll improve the cache of the league and give it some well needed attention beyond its traditional markets. That means going beyond the origins of its basketball roots and seeking out upstart programs on the rise.
Here are a few schools the conference should look to add in the coming years to strengthen itself for the future.