Has anyone given a good answer yet as to why the basketball schools don't simply split off from the football schools and start their own conference? I'm an ACC guy, so I don't know the inner workings of the Big East, but what would be wrong with the non-football schools forming their own conference that looked something like this - assuming Villanova goes FBS and joins the football schools:
Butler / VCU / George Mason
That looks like a pretty good basketball conference to me. Keep it at 10 teams to have a round-robin schedule to help build some new rivalries, and then have one kick-ass three day tournament with only 2 play-in games. Do those non-football schools really need the football playing schools so bad that it keeps them from doing what otherwise seems obvious? If they split, then the football schools could form a decent conference that might still be able to keep its AQ status:
You guys know the Big East much better. Why has it stayed stuck together for so long when everything that seems to make sense says the non-football schools should split and do their own thing?