Just when you thought the Big East expansion couldn’t get any more bizarre, out comes this piece from Boston.com indicating that the BE is also considering a back-up plan that would have the BE football members (whomever is left) jumping on board with the C-USA-MWC merger. Holy Toledo…wait, Toledo wouldn’t be one the 28-32 members. Make that Holy Boise!
Not that the Boston.com has been all that accurate on the topic of the Big East – of course the BE can’t even tell you what they are doing – so for this post, let’s go with this story as having some basis. IF this is true, what it tells me is that the league is pretty sure that West Virginia is leaving and that BSU ain’t coming. This plan is to ensure members have AQ status, so if you follow the bouncing ball, it is somewhat of an admission that if Boise State doesn’t become a member, AQ status is gone.
So, with this admission, the C-USA-MWC merger is looking more and more like a brilliant stroke (way to go Coach Holland!). If BSU stays put, the merger has a real chance to swipe the AQ status (that is, if the BCS doesn’t adjust its formula to preclude it) from the BE. So, I say, if WVU is leaving to the Big 12, then frankly, there is no school left in the Big East that I would want to help out, so I say, let the BE die on the vine by telling them “Thanks, but no thanks.” They are not welcome in the merged C-USA-MWC in my mind.
I think there is wisdom to this blogger’s solution to the Big East dilemma, which is to give up and have the football schools beg C-USA to take them in and beg the BCS to grant AQ status. Makes sense, but for me, the Big East doesn’t deserve a C-USA life ring.
We have suffered this long, what is two more seasons…think how gratifying it would be to get the AQ status because the BCS has to give it to us. Seeing the Big East die would just be the icing on the cake.