This is probably not what the UC administration wants to
think about, but what happens if the Big East's nightmare comes true, and the
Big Ten pilfers three of its teams? Say, the Big Ten takes
Can UC football survive and keep playing at the highest levels? It's a fair question, especially as conference realignment continues to get major play in national newspapers, magazines and web sites.
Here's the latest offering from SI.com's Andy Staples: To go or not to go? That's the question for expansion candidates.
Some of Staples' points from the column (and some of mine in response):
-In order to grab Notre Dame - which I'm sure Big East adminstrators and fans would prefer, because that likely would be enough to satiate the Big Ten hunger for expansion - the Big Ten still would need to blow up the Big East to force Notre Dame's hand and give the Golden Dome no other option but to join. (I just don't see Notre Dame letting go of its independence. Yes, it'd make more money by joining the Big Ten for football, but I'm not sure its hubris is worth an additional $10 million.)
-Every Big East team would take the Big Ten's invitation and leave the Big East and join the Big Ten. (I believe this is true. And you couldn't really blame whichever Big East team the Big Ten approaches).
So, what now. Well, one reader, Gary, has some ideas and
some complaints. For one, he doesn't understand why the Big East isn't being
proactive by trying to expand itself.
(You have to ask
yourself this: is it better to add mid-level teams from a mid-major conference
to your conference, or is it better just to pack up the Big East tent and let
everybody fend for themselves? Probably the former, but I'm not sure a team
filled with mostly C-USA teams would have a BCS affiliation anyway. Of course,
Another idea: if the Big Ten expands by picking up three
Big East teams, the five schools that are left (probably UC,
(Joining another conference would be paramount for UC. If
the Big 12 loses some teams to the Big Ten - say,
(I wonder if, logistically, this would be impossible to do. But I do know this. If the Big Ten follows through and pilfers a huge chunk of the Big East, Marinatto had better have some answers. If not, the Big East will collapse. And then all bets are off for UC.)