Big East Desperate to Keep up with the Joneses, Grabs…Tulane?

27 Nov

Remember this is all about football.

At this point the Big East might as well engulf Conference USA, after all quantity over quality, right? . After today’s announcement that Tulane will be joining the Big East in 2014 this is what the conference will look like that season:

Big East:

Cincinnati

Connecticut

Louisville

South Florida

DePaul

Georgetown

Marquette

Providence

St. John’s

Seton Hall

Villanova

Temple

Central Florida

Houston

Memphis

SMU

Tulane

Keep in mind that Louisville and Connecticut are probable candidates to replace Maryland in the ACC.  What does Conference USA look like with all this movement?

Conference USA:

Alabama-Birmingham

East Carolina

Marshall

Southern Mississippi

Rice

UTEP

Tulsa

Charlotte

Florida International

Louisiana Tech

North Texas

Old Dominion

Texas-San Antonio

It’s almost a month into the college basketball season and depressingly realignment is still grabbing headlines.  Remember all this is football driven, so the Big East goes out and grabs Tulane? Huh? What? A Tulane football team that hasn’t won more than four games since 2005 and haven’t been bowl eligible since 2003. The former Conference USA members aren’t exactly football powerhouses.  I’m not sure how the Memphis, SMU, Tulane and the like improve the Big East footprint or their leverage in getting a bigger TV deal.  I don’t know anyone amped up to tune into a Tulane/Louisville tilt.

From a basketball perspective the outlook is a little better for the Big East as teams like Temple and Memphis do have a little bit of a basketball pedigree.  But a Tulane team that hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 1995 and hasn’t made a Conference USA Championship appearance since the league’s inception in 1996.

This looks like another attempt of the Big East to grasp at straws to improve their footprint or television leverage, this could end up being a swing and a miss for the conference.

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