Syracuse Conference Shuffle: Big East Scenarios for the Orange

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Syracuse Conference Shuffle: Big East Scenarios for the Orange
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Thanks Nebraska.

Ever since the Huskers decided to leave the Big 12 last year, the college football landscape has the Eastern conferences expanding as far as Texas and the West Coast may include Oklahoma.

The rumors have already begun as ESPN reports that Baylor will back down from blocking the Texas A&M-to-SEC deal if they are guaranteed a BCS conference if the Big 12 collapses.

The truth is that no one knows for certain where everyone will end up, except that the whole way college sports used to be aligned will have completely changed.

A key to remember for Syracuse is that there really are only three sports Syracuse wants to protect: football, men's basketball and lacrosse because these are the "money makers."

Since lacrosse and conferences really do not matter (Cornell, Johns Hopkins and Princeton are nationally-ranked and some of the toughest opponents for 'Cuse) a conference change would only really affect football and basketball.

Over the next few slides, here are some of the scenarios and ways the Syracuse Orange could be affected once the shuffling turns into a free-for-all rave.

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