Funny, but with all of this realignment and expansion talk no school, or conference, is mentioning now how "academically" this school or that school is in perfect alignment. Wonder why that hasn't been mentioned? Because when I think of the SEC, my first thought is how Vanderbilt is academically aligned with Alabama.
In the Big 10, the same with Northwestern and Ohio State.
News that the Big East is being raided by the ACC, and the Pac Whatever is stealing the top schools out of the Big 12, has effectively scared the living hell out of everyone in and around TCU, and Baylor. The respective suits at these schools are terrified they are going to be CUSA'd. They should be.
Every single time TCU thinks it has "gotten in" something, or someone, slaps the Frogs in the face.
Baylor - you need to drop however superior you felt back in the mid '90s when a certain former alum forced the SWC and Big 8. Despite massive improvements, national titles and Top 25 rankings across the board from your athletic department you are in an unenviable spot. You're good, but no one wants you.
TCU, whatever hard feelings from your exclusion from the cool kids' club, should be dropped. Baylor may need TCU, and vice versa.
If UConn does as reported and leaves the Big East for the ACC the Big East football membership will look like this:
Assuming Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech will flee the Big 12, that conference will be left with:
Missouri wants out of this thing so badly, and would gladly become the whipping boy of the Big 10, or SEC. The Tigers don't care.
When the dust finally settles from this charade of lunacy, the Big East football membership could potentially look like this:
The Big East Conference:
This isn't awful. TCU, West Virginia, Baylor and South Florida are all ranked in the Top 20 right now.
As for basketball and the rest ... who cares? The ADs don't. This is all about football TV sets.
This sort of expansion could be just enough to keep its BCS status, and inclusion in the cool kids' club.
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