Big East Football: School Presidents Guiding Commissioner Towards Expansion

Bob AllenCorrespondent IIOctober 2, 2011

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 24: A fan holds up a sign while cheering during the game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Louisiana State University Tigers on September 24, 2011 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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In the news today we saw where Big East school presidents gave the conference commissioner the OK to expand the league. If anyone has been keeping up with conference realignment news recently then you know the Big East was on the losing end of it all with Pittsburgh and Syracuse leaving for the ACC.

All this shows me as a fan is that the school presidents are having to push the Big East commissioner going forward. Other than the acquisition of Texas Christian last season, the Big East has not pursued much of anything other than Villanova, and we can see how well that has worked out for us.

Villanova is not the answer to a drowning football conference such as the Big East. If we are to survive then we need to aggressively recruit teams to our conference that will have a positive and immediate impact on football.

Big East basketball, even with the defection of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, will still be a force to be reckoned with. Power houses like UCONN, Louisville, Georgetown, Notre Dame, West Virginia and even the Villanova that I talked about in the previous paragraph will give the conference a firm foothold in basketball.

If you look at football, though, you will see that recent headlines have discussed the addition of the Air Force and Naval academies as well as East Carolina applying for membership. The consensus around the league is that after Air Force and Navy join, then Army will join as well.

This is all good and well; Air Force and Navy bring a decent name in football, however, I for one would love to see Houston and Brigham Young getting at least an invite. Not to mention I would rather enjoy the conference forcing Notre Dame into a tough spot by making them decide football too or nothing.

The last thing I will say is that we need to be more aggressive then the Big 12. We should even offer some of the Big 12 schools membership in the Big East just to put a little more pressure on their conference and make it look like we are doing all we can. Offer Iowa State and Missouri, even though they will turn us down. Put pressure on them and then go out and add quality teams that want to be with us. Who knows, we may be surprised at who would come.


Let me know what you think and leave your opinions in the comment section.