According to CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd, new Big East commissioner Mike Aresco has either reached out to or had informal conversations with BYU (football independent), Fresno State (MWC), and UNLV (MWC). The league and schools have spoken about bringing their football programs to that revolving door of a conference.
In theory, the Big East will have 13 schools playing football by 2015. Barring more changes — ha! — the league’s football roster will include Connecticut, Memphis, South Florida, SMU, Cincinnati, Temple, San Diego State, UCF, East Carolina, Houston, Boise State, Tulane and Navy.
The Big East’s schools are all looking to move up the food chain and make more money. The league itself is trying to hold on as a football conference because that sport is what drives television revenue. But it’s hard to hold on as a league when everyone in the league is either new, looking to get out, or — remarkably — both.
Poor Aresco. When he accepted the role of Big East commissioner in August he might as well have been taking the wheel from Titanic’s captain Edward Smith. No one’s had more reason to cry since this guy: