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Calhoun believes a Big East split is coming

Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:54 am
Edited on: May 24, 2011 10:55 am
 
Posted by Brett McMurphy, CBSSports.com Senior Writer

PONTA VERDA BEACH, Fla. -- UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun admits he likely won’t be coaching when it happens, but he still sees it coming. And it can’t be stopped.

Rapture? The end of the world? Not quite, but the end of the Big East Conference as we know it now.

“My own personal opinion -- and I won't probably see this -- in the next couple of years, four or five years down the road, I think you'll see a separation [of the football and non-football membership],” Calhoun said. “I think it's inevitable.”

The Big East currently has 16 members, including eight football members. Next season with the addition of TCU, that number inflates to 17 all-sport members and nine football members.

That number could increase even more in the next couple of years with the Big East looking to expand its football membership by as many as three teams, which conceivably could result in a behemoth 20 member conference, including 12 football members.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto has said the Big East’s 16-team basketball league could evolve into 20-teams, split into four pods of five teams or two 10-team divisions.

“If you go to 18 [members], oh boy,” Calhoun said. “We're talking about going to 17 [now and that] creates enough different issues.”

A split of the football and non-football schools has been speculated for some time, but league sources feel that would happen as only a last resort.

Calhoun, 68, said if the league split, the eight basketball members – DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova – would pursue some additional teams from the Atlantic 10, such as Xavier and Dayton.

“That’s what I think could happen,” Calhoun said.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Calhoun believes a Big East split is coming

Well I guess that would be a pretty good mid-major basketball league, similar to the atlantic 10.  




Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Calhoun believes a Big East split is coming

Or just get rid of the bad basketball schools like Depaul, Providence, Seton Hall and replace with UCF, ECU, and Houston.

Yuck.  Get serious.  You might as well just join Conference USA if you're gonna do something that foolish


The Big East already has ex-CUSA members Louisville, Cincy, Marquette, Depaul, South Florida, and are about to add another (TCU was a member back in the day).  It's not a huge leap of logic to think they would continue down that path.  What is a huge leap of logic, though, is how any raided CUSA teams would somehow become instaneously more viable just because they have the Big East tag.  Of course, I'm talking basketball.  As of right now, having the Big East tag in football isn't saying much.




Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:45 am
 

Calhoun believes a Big East split is coming

Or just get rid of the bad basketball schools like Depaul, Providence, Seton Hall, and replace with UCF, ECU & Houston

Make Temple one of the 3 replacements.  Better basketball team than the other 3 that is already capable of playing Big East level basketball (and will only improve if able to recuit as a B.E. member) and a football team that can already compete in the B.E. (they beat the reigning champ UConn last year).

Make fun of Temple all you want for the team that was dumped from the B.E., but if you objectively look at Temple now, they are a logical fit for the B.E..  Granted, attendence, currently averaging 20K needs to improve but as a memeber of the B.E. I believe that it could easily jump to 30K within a few years.



Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Calhoun believes a Big East split is coming

Replace 3 bad bball teams with 3 even worst bball teams.



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Calhoun believes a Big East split is coming

The new deal the Big 12 just signed just means more money for Texas.  The other schools really aren't profiting that much. 



Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Calhoun believes a Big East split is coming

Or just get rid of the bad basketball schools like Depaul, Providence, Seton Hall, and replace with UCF, ECU & Houston

Yuck.  Get serious.  You might as well just join Conference USA if you're gonna do something that foolish.



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Calhoun believes a Big East split is coming

Now thats thinking couldnt agree more.Yell



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Calhoun believes a Big East split is coming

Or just get rid of the bad basketball schools like Depaul, Providence, Seton Hall, and replace with UCF, ECU & Houston



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Calhoun believes a Big East split is coming

Not surprising, but will be intresting to see how they divide the teams. how you divide evryone will be the key having all the big hitters seperated will be easy, but what do you do with teams like Marquette and noter dame. you never know what you are going to get compared to the george towns or the syracuses u conns who win alot consistanly.



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 11:52 am
 

Calhoun believes a Big East split is coming

The Big 12 just lost 2 teams and signed a new TV deal.  Meaning, more money for less teams to split.  They are fine and dandy for a good while.



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