The Big 12 is about to go the way of the dodo. The Pac-12 looks like it at least would like to become the Pac-16. I would suspect that the Big 10, which now has 14 teams, I believe, will most likely be looking for the scraps from the Big 12 feeding frenzy. And as always, the SEC is always looking to snatch up extra teams. With all this movement and the development of the "Super Conference", the only way I see the Big East staying together is to bond with the ACC, and become the 1st "Mega Conference".
THE EAST COAST CONFERENCE!
There is no way as presently constituted that the Big East stays relevant as a football league, they will surely have teams pillaged from them if nothing is done. The ACC needs more teams to stay relevant. Match made in heaven. Make this conference a 20 team football conference, consisting of the ACC, plus Pitt, Cuse, WVU, South Florida, ND (who can't stay independent in this landscape), UConn, Cincy, and Louisville. Yea, I know that's not a great haul for ACC football, but their officials agree to adding the weaker teams, because of the bait thrown their way in turn.
The ACC is, at its core, a Basketball league. This is where the bait comes into play. For adding the weaker football teams, they get to add 4 of the Big East's non football teams, Gtown, St. John's, Nova, and Marquette.. Making this a 24 team basketball confererence, divide them into 4, six team divisions and you have huge revenue from TV rights and renewed passion in fans whom are passionate about their teams already. Could you imagine a scenario where Gtown, UNC, Cuse, Duke, Uconn, and MD, are battling on a consistent basis and sometimes twice a year? That's big time in my mind.
Stay Casual, my friends.