Conference realignment could involve UConn, UMass

So the  Conference Reconfiguration Derby continues. Maryland and Rutgers are headed to the Big Ten, which moves them to 14 and puts the Big Ten television network in the heart of ACC and  Big East country.

The  ACC must react to losing Maryland. Say hello to UConn, which is primed to move to the ACC if the call comes. And it very well might. Wonder what the people at BC think about that move.

Wait there is more. Louisville would consider a move to the Big 12 if a call from Dallas is made. And don’t be surprised if Boise State also gets a call. Both schools were on the short list during the Big 12’s recent configuration process in which Texas A&M and Missouri went to the SEC and TCU and  West  Virginia joined the Big 12.  Both schools would quickly accept an offer

According to sources in the Big East familiar with the situation, the Big East is already considering several options if it loses Rutgers and UConn and possibly Louisville.

“We’re well aware that could happen,” said one Big East source. “We still feel we have a highly competitive national conference.”

The Big East must plug the holes quickly. Don’t be surprised if new Mid-American Conference member Massachusetts gets a harder look by the Big East.

“They would certainly be of interest to us,” said a Big East source when asked about UMass.

UMass, which is in its first season in the MAC, worked hard to convince the Big East to take them last season, but couldn’t get more than a tepid degree of interest.

The reaction may be different this time.

So it goes. Maryland could be the first domino to fall and others will follow.

© 2012, Mark. All rights reserved.

  13 comments for “Conference realignment could involve UConn, UMass

  1. Marvy
    November 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    The Big East needs to hold basketball at 16 schools like it has been since 2005-06. No need to replace Rutgers in basketball. So now it’s time to look at football. If both UConn and Louisville leave, I would replace them with UMass in both sports and Richmond in basketball. Then grab two more West Coast football only schools to replace Rutgers and Louisville in that sport. I’m thinking …

    FB EAST: UMass — Temple — Cincy — Memphis — USF — UCF
    FB WEST: Houston — SMU — Boise — BYU — Fresno — SDSU

    I left out Navy and Air Force because I figure the ACC might take Navy as a football only school since somebody needs to fill in for Notre Dame in that sport. But if they don’t, then one of them can join each division of the Big East. As for East Carolina — no thanks — the media would just make fun of the Big East for taking a school the ACC doesn’t want. There is also no rival for them.

    HOOPS 1: UMass — Prov — St. John’s — Seton — VU — Temple — G-town — Richmond
    HOOPS 2: Marquette — DePaul — Cincy — Memphis — SMU — Houston — USF — UCF

    This is still a great 16-team hoops league. It is balanced between the Northeast and the other parts of the country. UMass and Richmond would also ensure that the Big East remains a top conference in lacrosse. Everybody has a nearby geographic rival to pair up with for Olympic sports, the emphasis on media market size remains, and no crappy East Carolina basketball is added.

  2. Guy
    November 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    What are your thoughts on the following:

    1) Could the Big East finally invite ECU? Is that a good move over UMass?

    2) If Louisville moves after Rutgers and the expected UConn move wouldn’t there be a risk of losing the western schools coming in next year?

    3) Do you see the MWC gaining Boise and SDSU back? Maybe even SMU and Houston too? I don;t see AFA or BYU coming over given the losses the Big East is about to absorb.

    4) When will the carousel stop?

    • Mark
      November 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Anything is possible, including ECU. MWC could make a move on Boise San Diego State. Not sure what either team would lose right now.
      carousel will stop when we hae 4 or 5 super conferences of 14 to 16 teams.

  3. Gary
    November 19, 2012 at 1:04 am

    As a boise state fan, I find it hard to believe that we were really on the big 12’s short list. All of the major conferences have treated boise like a red headed step child due to tv market size, academics and not being good in basketball. Do you have any evidence that the big 12 had them on their short list? And I believe that Louisville, Cincinatti and BYU would all get invites before BSU would, and they only get invites if the ACC teams don’t jump. With all that being said, the big 12 has expressed that its happy with ten teams at the moment.

    • Mark
      November 19, 2012 at 9:11 am

      The Big 12 is settled for now. But conferences often react to other conferences. There arent that many teams available and Boise is one of them. You’re right they are behind louisville and if clemson or florida state want to move, they would be behind them. not sure about cincinnati. and byu has the sunday thing.

  4. CK
    November 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    How about UMass and Villanova to replace UConn and Rutgers. Umass brings in the Boston market. An upgraded Villanova Football program solidifies Philly and is pretty good right now – they just won the CAA championship. Rutgers is certainly not a basketball loss for the Big East. UConn is a blow to basketball, not football.

    • Mark
      November 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Not going to happen. UMass and Villanova do nothing for Big East football

      • Brian
        November 19, 2012 at 1:01 am

        Mark – The Big Ten doesn’t really gain a whole lot from Rutgers or Maryland in football either (yes, Rutgers has been kind of good, but nothing special compared to the B10 schools). Expansion isn’t about that though.

        • Mark
          November 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

          Big ten looking at televison markets.

  5. Dustin
    November 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Interesting! I’d love it if my Bronco’s went to the Big 12!

  6. Alex A
    November 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Excellent analysis Blauds. “Louisville might consider a move to the B12”. Is Blauds on crack? Louisville would walk on fire from Kentucky to Dallas to get into that conference.

    • Mark
      November 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      thanks for reading.

    • Mark
      November 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      “Fredo, you’re nothing to me now. You’re not a brother, you’re not a friend. I don’t want to know you or what you do. I don’t want to see you at the hotels, I don’t want you near my house. When you see our mother, I want to know a day in advance, so I won’t be there. You understand? “

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