The Big East has become Sid’s house from Toy Story. Sure, there are some great football teams left and yes, a few elite basketball programs remain. But when you stick them all together in one conference, it looks like a nightmare.
There’s good news, Big East fans. Your redemption draweth nigh. After years of being poached and then growing back with inferior limbs, a simple split can solve your identity crisis.
News out of the conference commissioners’ summit last week means that a simple solution is nearer than you think.
It’s ain’t no lie, AQs are bye, bye, bye
The shred of dignity the Big East had left hinged on its status as an automatic qualifying conference for football. That is now gone, and the basketball schools—long-rumored to be dissatisfied with the direction that football was taking the conference—don’t need the weakening finances of the football schools.
Georgetown, Villanova, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame are self-sufficien...