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Obviously these morons are just too stupid to learn from history. This CUSA/WAC merger is nothing more than the WAC 1996-1998. It failed then because of the amount of schools and the distance. This new formation will fail also, as will West Virginia in the Big 12. They will eventually leave and join the ACC, and all these other schools from the West in the Big East will leave and the Big East will fold and become a basketball conference only.

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Unlike 1996, there are more options as to who can air their product. Then, it was just ESPN and the FOX regional network. CBS College and NBC Sports Channel had different names, different owners, and did not focus on airing college sports live. There is even the option to stream ones game live if partnered with someone like Yahoo! or Google. The MWC would like to dissolve to void that terrible contract they agreed to which gives the entire conference $12M, meanwhile each ACC school receives that per team. C-USA gets slightly more as a conference than the MWC, but that contract is a year old so any more is just extra for them if the new pool of teams gets to bid for their rights before the Big East does. They don't need ACC or possible BE money, they just want more than what they currently are getting.

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Memphis Joining the Big East for all sports in 2013. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1057255-big-east-conference-realignment-memphis-reportedly-set-to-join-big-east-in-2013 This could be interesting especially, they're joing in football. Overall, this is a great pickup for the Big East because they improve the Big East in basketball and revive their rivalry with Louisville, which was intense in basketball.

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Obviously these morons are just too stupid to learn from history. This CUSA/WAC merger is nothing more than the WAC 1996-1998. It failed then because of the amount of schools and the distance. This new formation will fail also, as will West Virginia in the Big 12. They will eventually leave and join the ACC, and all these other schools from the West in the Big East will leave and the Big East will fold and become a basketball conference only.

You really think the extra travel cost to pay for distances between schools is a significant cost for WVU?

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Memphis Joining the Big East for all sports in 2013. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1057255-big-east-conference-realignment-memphis-reportedly-set-to-join-big-east-in-2013 This could be interesting especially, they're joing in football. Overall, this is a great pickup for the Big East because they improve the Big East in basketball and revive their rivalry with Louisville, which was intense in basketball.

Please don't link to bleacher report. In fact, stop reading bleacher report.

Legit news source here.

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Memphis Joining the Big East for all sports in 2013. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1057255-big-east-conference-realignment-memphis-reportedly-set-to-join-big-east-in-2013 This could be interesting especially, they're joing in football. Overall, this is a great pickup for the Big East because they improve the Big East in basketball and revive their rivalry with Louisville, which was intense in basketball.

Please don't link to bleacher report. In fact, stop reading bleacher report.

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If I'm the Conference USA, I either make sure this Mountain West merger goes for all sports or I make my pitch to Louisiana Tech and/or a few good Sun Belt schools (maybe even Appalachian State, Wofford, or Georgia Southern from the FCS SoCon) that have wanted to step up to the next level.

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Memphis Joining the Big East for all sports in 2013. http://bleacherrepor...ig-east-in-2013 This could be interesting especially, they're joing in football. Overall, this is a great pickup for the Big East because they improve the Big East in basketball and revive their rivalry with Louisville, which was intense in basketball.

Please don't link to bleacher report. In fact, stop reading bleacher report.

Legit news source here.

If I'm the Conference USA, I either make sure this Mountain West merger goes for all sports or I make my pitch to Louisiana Tech and/or a few good Sun Belt schools (maybe even Appalachian State, Wofford, or Georgia Southern from the FCS SoCon) that have wanted to step up to the next level.

Their saving grace is the possibility that the AQ status looks to be going away in a few seasons. A dissolved TV contract with one which includes the MWC could give them more revenue as their footprint is large, but markets are not very desirable.

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Memphis Joining the Big East for all sports in 2013. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1057255-big-east-conference-realignment-memphis-reportedly-set-to-join-big-east-in-2013 This could be interesting especially, they're joing in football. Overall, this is a great pickup for the Big East because they improve the Big East in basketball and revive their rivalry with Louisville, which was intense in basketball.

Please don't link to bleacher report. In fact, stop reading bleacher report.

Legit news source here.

Bleacher Report needs to die in fire.

That is all.

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Can I ask what the vitrol towards Bleacher Report is? It's always bashed here every time it's linked or even brought up. If they're constantly wrong, then ok, that's one thing and answers my question. But I'm not getting my breaking news from them. I actually find a lot of BR articles to be, in the very least, entertaining.

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Can I ask what the vitrol towards Bleacher Report is? It's always bashed here every time it's linked or even brought up. If they're constantly wrong, then ok, that's one thing and answers my question. But I'm not getting my breaking news from them. I actually find a lot of BR articles to be, in the very least, entertaining.

The bulk of their content providers appear to be junior high to high school age kids. Dumb ones to be specific. And of course, the interminable slide shows with minimal analysis that predominate kind of suck. Compared to BR, Wikipedia is as scholarly as the Library of Congress and the Oxford, Yale, Michigan, and Harvard University Libraries rolled into one.

Additionally, BR's core raison d'etre is to try to attract as many google hits as possible to it to drive up ad revenue. I oppose this on multiple levels and feel that it is best to work to thwart this.

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Memphis Joining the Big East for all sports in 2013. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1057255-big-east-conference-realignment-memphis-reportedly-set-to-join-big-east-in-2013 This could be interesting especially, they're joing in football. Overall, this is a great pickup for the Big East because they improve the Big East in basketball and revive their rivalry with Louisville, which was intense in basketball.

Please don't link to bleacher report. In fact, stop reading bleacher report.

Legit news source here.

I'm guessing the Big East is seeing the writing on the wall and knowing its only future as a football conference (if any) is providing a place for basketball-oriented schools to park their less popular football programs. I'd look for them to go after Kansas next.

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Memphis Joining the Big East for all sports in 2013. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1057255-big-east-conference-realignment-memphis-reportedly-set-to-join-big-east-in-2013 This could be interesting especially, they're joing in football. Overall, this is a great pickup for the Big East because they improve the Big East in basketball and revive their rivalry with Louisville, which was intense in basketball.

Please don't link to bleacher report. In fact, stop reading bleacher report.

Legit news source here.

I'm guessing the Big East is seeing the writing on the wall and knowing its only future as a football conference (if any) is providing a place for basketball-oriented schools to park their less popular football programs. I'd look for them to go after Kansas next.

Imagine a basketball conference with Memphis, Kansas, Louisville, and Uconn. If the Big East lands Kansas, they become the basketball verson of the SEC with teams like Memphis, Louisville, and Uconn alongside Kansas. Kansas is a better basketball program than Syracuse and Pitt and bring unhearlded tradition to the Big East. It's not likely to happen, but Kansas needs to have new rivals in the Big East if they move there. If they do move, they should be rivals of Memphis because of geographical proximty. I also see them as rivals to Uconn and Louisville as these two programs won multiple national titles and have excellent coaches. My worry though is the football program with Charlie Weis. Like Memphis, Kansas doesn't have a talented football program and they could get slaughtered by teams like Rutgers. At least, the Big East is easier than the Big XII and they also have some BCS success with a win at the 2008 Orange Bowl. Overall, this could a great pickup with Memphis as it improves their basketball standing and eventually improve the football tradition.

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Memphis Joining the Big East for all sports in 2013. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1057255-big-east-conference-realignment-memphis-reportedly-set-to-join-big-east-in-2013 This could be interesting especially, they're joing in football. Overall, this is a great pickup for the Big East because they improve the Big East in basketball and revive their rivalry with Louisville, which was intense in basketball.

Please don't link to bleacher report. In fact, stop reading bleacher report.

Legit news source here.

I'm guessing the Big East is seeing the writing on the wall and knowing its only future as a football conference (if any) is providing a place for basketball-oriented schools to park their less popular football programs. I'd look for them to go after Kansas next.

Unlikely, since they have now reached 12 teams (effective 2015), which is what they were going for.

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I doubt this alignment is going to stay intact for too long though. There's already talk of Louisville going to the Big XII and with the inevitable loss of Texas and Oklahoma looming overhead, they'll probably look towards Houston and/or Boise State, especially if they can't get BYU.

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Imagine a basketball conference with Memphis, Kansas, Louisville, and Uconn.

The Big Unlikely?

If the Big East lands Kansas, they become the basketball verson of the SEC with teams like Memphis, Louisville, and Uconn alongside Kansas.

Not happening. The Big XII may be on fire and listing, but the Big East has already blown up and sank. Football has enough sway at Kansas that they aren't going to join a Conference that just said "to hell with actually playing decent football."

Kansas is a better basketball program than Syracuse and Pitt and bring unhearlded tradition to the Big East.

I thought the Big East had raised crashing out in the early rounds of the NCAAs against midmajors to an art form. Kansas has nothing to teach them there. Otherwise Kansas' traditions consist of advocating the swift death of Missouri and Kansas State, neither of which is available in the Big East.

It's not likely to happen, but Kansas needs to have new rivals in the Big East if they move there. If they do move, they should be rivals of Memphis because of geographical proximty.

By similar logic, Kansas is also going to be advocating the swift destruction of SMU.

I also see them as rivals to Uconn and Louisville as these two programs won multiple national titles and have excellent coaches.

Ummmm.... It's looking likely that Jim Calhoun's going to retire for medical reasons and Louisville hasn't won the whole thing since the 1980s. Also Pitino is kind of getting up in years too.

My worry though is the football program with Charlie Weis. Like Memphis, Kansas doesn't have a talented football program and they could get slaughtered by teams like Rutgers.

Oh God, Rutgers lost their coaching staff and still shapes up to be the other power of this Conference. Burn it down.

At least, the Big East is easier than the Big XII and they also have some BCS success with a win at the 2008 Orange Bowl.

Good for Kansas. However that's pretty much the only good Bowl tie in the Big East has and the AQ is going away, so, umm...ouch.

Overall, this could a great pickup with Memphis as it improves their basketball standing and eventually improve the football tradition.

Memphis might possibly be the most derelict program in I-A. There's going to be no help for football for awhile.

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Apparently WVU is about to be able to leave the Big East next season. That means the Big East will have 7 teams next year and, should everyone stay put for at least another year without the ACC getting their duo...

.....we're getting Syracuse-Rutgers twice next season :blink:

Here's the compromise I think I have in mind for Syracuse and Pitt...they pay the newly raised exit fee, and in return the Big East will let them leave for 2013-14.

I think that sounds reasonable...

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Apparently WVU is about to be able to leave the Big East next season. That means the Big East will have 7 teams next year and, should everyone stay put for at least another year without the ACC getting their duo...

.....we're getting Syracuse-Rutgers twice next season :blink:

Here's the compromise I think I have in mind for Syracuse and Pitt...they pay the newly raised exit fee, and in return the Big East will let them leave for 2013-14.

I think that sounds reasonable...

Or they give them the same money West Virginia gave, leave now, and tell the Big Conference USA to just play a double round robin for a year.

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