Man, how desperate is the Big East? It’s almost as if they sent out an open invitation to anyone who wanted to join. Geographical common sense aside, I get why they wanted to add Boise State. Conversely, Boise State’s incentive to join the conference can be summed up in two words: Automatic Bid. Just a few days after BSU coach, Chris Petersen, talked publicly about his, and most everyone else’s, disdain for the much flawed BCS system. At least by moving to the Big East, they can’t be shut out of a BCS bowl bid if they have a 1 loss season. The rest of the conference looks like a who’s who of “is that the best you got?” teams. Houston’s coming off a nice season, and SMU and Central Florida are each good once every 10 years. By far, the acquisition that makes the least sense is San Diego State. Seriously, this is what it’s come to? The Big East now has a school located on the West Coast. The rivalry possiblities are endless. I can only imagine how huge San Diego State vs. Connecticut games are going to be. Or SDSU vs. SFU. There’s going to be a lot of frequent flyer miles racked up in the Big East for years to come.
December 7th, 2011 at 7:48 am
Shanghai University is under consideration. Possible conference name change to Far East.
December 7th, 2011 at 8:42 am
Competitiveness goes out the window as this crap has to do with money ! Look at the Longhorns and their tv deal with ESPN ? Co owned sports’ broadcast network that’ll net the university close to $3 billion over the next two plus decades .
December 7th, 2011 at 4:31 pm
This move just reeks of desperation on the part of the Big Wherever. I guess Boise State got tired of being the champion of the BCS busters and decided just to become one of the “bad guys” that have treated them so unfairly. This is beginning to look like the WAC that Boise State fled two years ago, just with more travel. If/when this conference gets its AQ-status pulled, will Boise State jump to a 4th conference in four years?
December 7th, 2011 at 7:03 pm
It’s sometime within the next 3 years I believe that the AQ contract expires. Wonder if these acquisitions are enough to keep it. Boise will leave in a heartbeat. Without Pitt and West Virginia, it WILL look like the WAC.