Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 12/7/11
Houston, UCF, SMU, San Diego State, and Boise State will be officially accepted into the Big East conference later this afternoon. With West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse all leaving the Big East to join different leagues, this will leave the Big East as a ten-team football conference. Prior to any changes in the original 8 team league, the Big East was the lowest in attendance among BCS leagues, by a landslide. Losing Pitt, Syracuse, and West Virginia and adding the other five teams will only make it much worse. Average attendance of schools leaving the conference: West Virginia – 53,325 Pittsburgh – 52,165 Syracuse – 40,064 Total: 48,514 Average attendance between the schools joining the conference: Boise St. – 33,269 Houston – 31,728 San Diego St. – 34,143 Central Florida – 39,614 SMU – 23,515 Total: 32,453 The Big East will lose an average of over 16,000 in attendance with the recent changes to the league.
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