Big East Expansion: The NCAA Needs to Examine the State of Conferences

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2011

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Today the Big East announced that it would be adding San Diego State and Boise State to its football conference, as well as Houston, Central Florida and SMU for all sports. This announcement comes just a little over a month after it was announced that the conference would lose Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia, three of the most powerful schools in the conference.

The expansion is going to create a conference that spans coast to coast, something that basically defeats the purpose of a conference anyway.

The idea of this expansion and the inevitability of it surely will draw some curious looks and speculation from potential recruits in deciding whether or not to go to a Big East school.

Just put yourself in the shoes of a potential recruit of San Diego State's football program. You have to realize that you are going to be traveling almost six hours for almost every single away game.

This is just too far of a distance, and will not only destroy rivalries, but also a Big East fan base that has grown with the strong basketball output of the conference over the years.

The NCAA needs to step in and do something.

The organization that was founded in 1906 needs to realize and accept that there is a changing of the guard within the conferences and there is a transition to super conferences happening.

If the NCAA finds it okay for student-athletes to be traveling across the country every single weekend, they might as well take the student out of the equation.

It's tough enough to be an athlete in the NCAA the way it is, but with this addition of a coast-to-coast conference, it will be nearly impossible to succeed.

Hopefully the NCAA realizes the issue here and looks to solve it. Whether their solution is limiting conferences to only geographic regions, or streamlining the process of getting into the super conferences, something needs to be done about this problem. It's not only unfair to the student-athletes, it's unfair to the loyal fans of these wonderful institutions.