PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
I believe I am missing something.... what would the intention of these 7 schools be? Just retract into a seven team, non-football conference?
What becomes of Cincy in this scenario?
Not that I really give a damn ab Cincy, just curious as to what snake oil they sold to ol Tommy Tubz.
****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in. FACT
From the perspective of basketball only, which these schools are, the additions to the Big East suck- they lower the strength of schedule a ton and increase travel time. The one advantage to remaining is that football provides more money than basketball.
if, however, these seven schools are able to leverage their history and their locations in major tv markets to earn similar dollars to what the Big East earns for football ( which is peanuts compared to other conferences) then they would be better off doing that and joining up with schools that maintain their strength of schedule for basketball tournie seeding.
in other words, the only reason to stay in a Big East with schools all over the country is money, and Big East money has gotten so crappy that maybe these schools can ditch it and stick with traditional regional rivalries. Georgetown, St. John's, and co don't really feel like playing Boise State and Tulane.
I grew up a Cincy bball fan, so it pains me to say that probably Cincy gets screwed. Basically they have to beg the ACC or B12 to take them and hope for the best.
And to answer the other part of your question, they wouldn't stay seven teams. They'd have three basic options-
1) stay east coast by pilfering several basketball only similar schools from the Atlantic ten
2) merge with the Atlantic 10 into a giant mega east coast bball conference
3) pilfer catholic bball schools from across the entire country and form a multi-division catholic league that has tv markets everywhere. Games would be primarily close by within the division to minimize travel, but cross country games would be available (Georgetown-Xavier, georgetown-gonzaga)
Appreciate the knowledge bombs cplunk
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