I'm not sure what the justification was for removing the BE's divisional structure, but I'm equally confused by how the conference currently schedules who doubles up against who by any reasonable basis. For scheduling sake, and considering that we have an easily divisible 16 teams, how much sense would it make to split the Big East into 2 divisions again? I think it makes a lot of geographic sense, and the talent breakdown is fairly equal:
4. St. John's
8. Seton Hall
2. West Virginia
5. Notre Dame
8. And the red-headed step child...South Florida
Does this make any sense? You mostly have an East Coast - MidWest thing going...separating the mostly big-state football schools from the actual institutions of higher learning (with notable exceptions). Not that anyone should be upset with the state of the conference right now, but it could be a different way to approach scheduling and maybe make more sense for postseason seeding. On the other hand, creating such an obvious split could usher the breakup of the conference.
Stay Casual, my friends.