More bad stuff is coming at the Big East. With Boise State backing out of its agreement to join the Big East in July, San Diego State is now probably only days away from doing the same thing and sticking with the Mountain West.
Once that happens, Navy, which was scheduled to join the Big East in 2015 in football only, could pull the plug on its agreement to join. Navy has the luxury of waiting to see how everything plays out.
And then there is the uncertain status of the group of Conference USA schools who now also feel they may be in state of limbo.
And finally, we come to the University of Connecticut, which is the middle of what must seem like to be a never-ending nightmare.
With the Big East falling apart, and neither the ACC, Big Ten nor Big 12 likely to extend an invitation any time soon, UConn is again left standing in the game of conference musical chairs.
The Huskies have limited options. They could stick it out, hoping that the Big East can keep enough schools together to form a league that can at least compete for a BCS bowl berth with certain conditions.
They could make a call to the Catholic 7 school,s who announced last month that they were leaving the Big East, and ask to be part of that league in all sports but football. Whether they can find a home for football in Conference USA, the Mountain West, the Sun Belt or the MAC, if Big East football folds, is problematical.
The other three options–playing as an independent , downgrading to FCS status or dropping the sport completely–all do not make much sense at this point.
For new Big East commissioner Mike Aresco, the choices are also not pleasant. Aresco could stick it out, hoping he can put some kind of league together, lobby the Catholic schools to become commissioner of that league or simply ride it out, collect the money from the contract he signed in August and retreat into the shadows of semi-retirement as a consultant.
With a new year upon us and more questions than answers still remaining, the process should speed up considerably during the next few weeks. Aresco has spent the past 48 hours getting recommittments from the new schools, although it looks like a group of 10, rather than 11 with San Diego State waffling.
Aresco’s stance will be simple: the Big East will field a competitive 10 team football league in 2013.
The Catholic 7 are y meeting at the end of the week. Anything from announcing an official date when they are leaving the Big East, to naming a new commissioner to guide them through the process is possible. The most likely option will be to negotiate a deal with the Big East which will allow the Catholic schools to leave after the 2013 college basketball season.
The 2012 college football season may be coming to an end in a few days as Alabama faces Notre Dame in the BCS title game in Miami on Monday but the silly and mind-boggling season of conference reconfiguration continues to move forward.
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