Originally Posted by dmaul1114
Man, is the Big East desperate at this point. Some facts about Tulane that Brett McMurphy just tweeted:
Tulane's last bowl game: 2002; last NCAA trip 1995; this year's home football actual attendance vs. SMU 2,119
They really should have just voted to disband and have the basketball only schools raid the A-10 and make a strong basketball league. Have the football schools end up in ACC or Big 12 for the top couple and the rest back somewhere like CUSA where they belong.
No way they survive by adding loser programs with no fan support. Just delaying the inevitable.
The Big East is still negotiating a TV deal. I assume NBCSports will not sign a basketball only league. So they have no choice but to keep the league alive. Their best chance is to pit NBCSports against ESPN and hope one of them overbids for a diminished product. At this point if UConn leaves the BBall schools don't have much to offer. You have to figure the BIG12 grabs Louisville and Cincinnati and that's it for the Big East. They probably lose the Garden to the ACC, for their conference tournament, and I wouldn't be surprised if one of the other leagues (maybe B1G) makes a play for Barclay's Center. The TV money in NY is outrageous and most of these schools have a healthy alumni base in the tri-state area.
Having said all of that, I do think adding ECU was a good move on their part. They have a very solid fanbase.