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UConn, Rutgers and some others won't commit to the Big East because they are currently trying to get an invitation from the ACC, Big 12 or Big 10. The best Marinatto could get out of them was a carefully parsed statement about helping the Conference add members.

Schools that are Big East expansion targets likely won't commit to joining the Big East unless they know who the members are of the conference they are joining.

The Navy AD said it perfectly. "Gladchuk said last week that Navy was in no rush to make a decision about whether to join the Big East, and that the academy would consider the change from football independence only “when the Big East is on solid footing.” He reiterated those comments Thursday."

So the Big East can't add members --- except for the truly desperate --- until the current members stop their search and commit to the Big East along with very large penalties for leaving. This could take a long time because these schools have visions of far greater things that a Conference that walk and quacks like C-USA.
 

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UConn, Rutgers and some others won't commit to the Big East because they are currently trying to get an invitation from the ACC, Big 12 or Big 10. The best Marinatto could get out of them was a carefully parsed statement about helping the Conference add members.

Schools that are Big East expansion targets likely won't commit to joining the Big East unless they know who the members are of the conference they are joining.

The Navy AD said it perfectly. "Gladchuk said last week that Navy was in no rush to make a decision about whether to join the Big East, and that the academy would consider the change from football independence only “when the Big East is on solid footing.” He reiterated those comments Thursday."

So the Big East can't add members --- except for the truly desperate --- until the current members stop their search and commit to the Big East along with very large penalties for leaving. This could take a long time because these schools have visions of far greater things that a Conference that walk and quacks like C-USA.

Which worst case means we're stuck playing Big East football for 2 years, and need to find another non conference opponent since TCU won't be on the schedule.

Big East can't wait around for Navy and Air Force if Navy and Air Force aren't going to wait around for Rutgers, UConn, WVU, Louisville to make a firm commitment. So they might just need to add ECU, UCF now so they are at least at 8 when SU/Pitt are gone. They can't drop down to 6, even for a day.
 

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What is the NCAA # for teams to even be a conference we have to be pushing the bare minimum at this point. I wanna say at least 5
 

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Which worst case means we're stuck playing Big East football for 2 years, and need to find another non conference opponent since TCU won't be on the schedule.

Big East can't wait around for Navy and Air Force if Navy and Air Force aren't going to wait around for Rutgers, UConn, WVU, Louisville to make a firm commitment. So they might just need to add ECU, UCF now so they are at least at 8 when SU/Pitt are gone. They can't drop down to 6, even for a day.

So... if they don't care who comes into the Big East, they can wait and wait hoping for an invitation.

But if they want to get the better choices into the Conference, they have to commit quickly.

There's a clock ticking here ... even the least desirable options can't leave their current situations in much less than a year.

Hell of a problem. If you wait and end up in a conference full of ECU's that's a big price to pay.
 

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So... if they don't care who comes into the Big East, they can wait and wait hoping for an invitation.

But if they want to get the better choices into the Conference, they have to commit quickly.

There's a clock ticking here ... even the least desirable options can't leave their current situations in much less than a year.

Hell of a problem. If you wait and end up in a conference full of ECU's that's a big price to pay.

Agree sooner or later the Big East has to either fold or concede to being a REAL mid major conference, they have been leaning that way even with the current make up, its now about to become a reality for sure, stick a fork in it, if WVU has somewhere to go that will be it for the Big East
 

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