For more than two years, the Big East has sat there, like the scared little boy on the playground who can’t even lift a hand in defense of himself, taking punch after punch after punch from the ACC, the BCS, and the now the Big 12.
An AQ conference that publicly acknowledges – pretty much – that they are just going to wait till the other AQs finish picking them over before they can act, really doesn’t deserve its AQ stature.
I hope that the CUSA and MWC commissioners are paying attention. With a little bit of gumption and aggressiveness, they could talk a lot more than just a meger. They could form a football-first, power conference that with AQ status could yield a least a 1/2 dozen annual top-10 teams.
Consider a grouping like this:
|East Division||West Division|
|West Virginia||Boise State|
|Central Florida||Colorado State|
Every football program on this list has visited the Top-25 in the last decade or so. The Big East is dead or on the vine dying, so why not be the anti-Big East and mobilize a coordinated effort to build a football conference that, with AQ status, could become a monster?
The remaining CUSA and MWC schools could form another conference which would be pretty competitive as well.
I seriously doubt that the commissioners will, could or would do such an out of the box thing – like be proactive – but it would be nice to see.