The slow and sad breakup of the Big East has left a lot of good people looking at their respective places asking, "Wait, what the hell just happened?"
The NBC Sports Network is, according to ESPN (why is NBC Sports not breaking its own news?) click here for the story offering the Big East between $20 and $23 million. That roughly $20 million for the entire conference, which will number 11 members on July 1, 2015.
By comparison, the Big 12 receive roughly $20 million per school per season.
This evolution has continued to widen the considerable gap between TCU and SMU, which were once thought to be joined at the hip with an unbreakable alliance through both geography and conference affiliation.
On July 1, 2015 the Big East is scheduled to look like Central Florida, Cincy, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Navy, South Florida, SMU, Temple and Tulane.
You have to wonder how long SMU men's basketball coach Larry Brown is going to want to be a part of this. It is not for a lack of effort or spending on the part that SMU finds itself in this position.
This financial evolution and breakup of The Big East has SMU looking very much like a mid-major, while the school just to the west is very much among the majors.
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