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The Big East's Big Mistake


Everyone is talking about the addition of TCU as a full member of the Big East and everyone has their opinions.  The unfortunate thing is that the majority of these opinions are not leaving the realm of college football.  Lest we forget, the bread and butter for the Big East conference is and will always be basketball.  Yes, the conference needs to maintain its auto BCS bid to maintain its status as a top tier conference but that is all it needs to do.  And they did not need to add TCU at this time to do it.  At best, this is a good idea at a bad time and at worse, it is just a plain bad idea. The Big East's first step should have been to look inside before it went outside.  The Big East should have first mandated that all member schools compete in the Big East in all sports they compete in (i.e. force all member schools with non-Big East football teams to play Big East football). Best case solution: all three such schools (Georgetown, Notre Dame, Villanova) agree to this and, problem solved; the conference would achieve its aim of adding two good football programs in 'Nova and Notre Dame and Georgetown would be the Big East equivalent of a Vanderbilt or Duke. Worst case scenario: Notre Dame leaves the conference to protect their FBS independent status, Georgetown dismantles their football program so as not to have to pay startup costs to play FBS, and Villanova accepts the terms. In this scenario, the Big East could then reach out to TCU as an expansion team giving the conference ten football teams and maintaining the sixteen member total. The outcome is more likely to be closer to the former than the latter.  Adding TCU now not only does nothing for Big East basketball but actively dilutes the quality of the basketball and forces our Hoyas and the other top Big East teams into one more easy game every year and it shows no confidence in the schools which have been members in the conference for a much longer period of time.  I think the Big East showed very poor judgement today and the basketball (and other non-football sports) will feel the consequences for some time.

 

Please comment if you have other suggestions for the Big East or if you agree with the steps that they took.


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