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.
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