Re:Conference Realignment 2012
This is great news, RE Maryland. that Means, a few things for Penn State, they will have to re-align the non-division "rivalry" and hopefully PSU can go back to the annual Land Grant Trophy game with Mich State.
Also, living in DC area (now in MD) I'll get to see PSU games ever other year, right in my backyard!!!! wahoo!!!
I was hoping that these two teams would go to Big 10. UMd and Rutgets were annual games for PSU before PSU went to Big Ten and the Big East was formed for football. Although PSU dominated both teams, the recruiting out of NJ, and MD was key for PSU because of those games. NJ football is still a great recruiting state for football. So, to have that area out of Big East and ACC country, is good news for PSU, who dominated recruiting in the mid-atlantic back when those schools played annualy.
When the ACC raised the exit fee to $50 million, I though it wouldn't happen. I knew Rutgers would only go to Big 10 IF Maryland went. Otherwise, Rutgers would have gone to ACC. With the high exit fee it didn't seem likely. And that, to me, put some schools like UConn in trouble when the Big East Football conference collapsed to former non-major conference schools. Where would they go? Louisville would have been a good Big 12 pick or even SEC with Kentucky.
Depending on how the lawsuit shakes out between MD and ACC, I can see Flroida State and Miami itching for SEC to round that conference out, leaving the ACC needing to land a louisville like team.
The Big East is taking in ECU and Tulane. To me, this spells the end of the automatic big to BCS. UConn will want out. They will also want to go to ACC. With UMd leaving ACC, and Rutgers to Big Ten, this leaves space and paves the way for UConn to go to the ACC.
New Comer USF will definately want out. Nothing better could happen for them, than have Florida State and/or Miami move to SEC, allowing room in ACC for them. Otherwise, they are another school looking in from the outside of the mega-conferences.
The Big East Football is quickly becoming much like the old Conference USA , with high-end second tier schools. Leaving Schools like Boise St, who were looking for a crack at automatic BCS on the outside if the Big East football can't hold onto it.
Another school looking from the outside, is Cincinatti. What BCS conference wants them? ACC? no. Big Ten? no way. SEC? yeah right. Big 12? not likely. Puts them right back into a conference like C-USA which they left for the big money of the BCS conference Big East.
Of course, what I think we've learned is that these 16 team mega-conferences, might need another major conference.
We thought we'd be going from 6 majors with 8-12 teams, to 4 megas with 16 teams. Big 12 proved they are not going anywhere. They're not dissolving into PAC and SEC. They're there for good. That's a potential 5 mega conferences. But, still there are good programs looking from the outside of those conferences. Boise State, Utah State, Cincinatti, USF, etc all in the cold, in clearly second tier conferences, the Big East being the top of that 2nd tier, BUUUTTT, a close 2nd in that tier is the MAC conference, who is getting better, and in some cases competing with the bottom of the Big Ten.
Can the MAC grab some of those displaced former BCS schools like Cincinatti (if the Big East loses it's automatic qualifier) to ramp up its status as a conference with a contender? Or Does the Big East remain prominent enough to hold on to that distinction, even with only 1 of the original teams that made it a solid football conference in 1991: Miami, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Pitt, BC, West Viriginia, Rutgers, and Temple (temple being the only school from 1991, but was voted out, and now is back due to all of this re-alignment crap)
Also, another school for consideration to this new Big East? Navy. I think they'd be a great addition. Although, I don't think their basketball facility would be good enough on that front. Although with the main football schools out, they may be fine. Still, it would be a competative league for them, with a few major program schools, and a few schools that come from non-major conferences, like ECU, Tulane, etc. it's a good schedule that contains tough games and winnable games. Although the travel expenses is going to be huge for any team in the new Big East.