Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Monday--May 31, 2011

This article by Mike Blaudschun of the Globe talks about the future of the Big East.

He says something I've been saying here for three years:

"A basketball-football split seems a question of when, not if.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun foresees the split coming sooner rather than later, which would leave the Big East with an eight-team basketball league of Marquette, DePaul, Seton Hall, Villanova, Georgetown, St. John’s, Providence and perhaps Notre Dame and a football branch of UConn, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Syracuse, Rutgers, TCU, and, for the sake of argument, Central Florida."

He goes on to speculate that the Big East would add two teams. I don't think Army or Navy would join. Army tried that with CUSA. The service academies need to be able to tailor their schedules to have some teams they can beat.

I think two teams would be a good fit. One is a state school in the east in a big media market...

The other is Notre Dame. Changing circumstances in college football and the collapse of Catholic identity have reduced the Irish to just another (good) football team. The days of Notre Dame being the 600 pound gorilla of college football are over.

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The Richmond Spiders have become more open to FBS transfers.

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Speaking of splits, a CBS Sports writer thinks college football could split into BCS and non-BCS levels.

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I've got the scans from 1988 almost ready to go. I hope to have those ready by tomorrow. There should be some more recruiting news later in the week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

From up in the Top Roww Sec 16.

Just an FYI the TE transfer from Miami to Richmond is Andrew Tallman who played at BC High and was the state discus chanp and was a pretty good hurdler too. Very good athlete.