With process of solidifying a 10 team league in football for next season, Big East commissioner Mike Aresco is now spending the bulk of his time on nailing down a long-term television football contract for his league.
But one of the salient points in any discussion in terms of money is whether the conference can get an extra payout with a championship game format.
Right now, neither the Big East nor the Big 12, which is also currently committed to 10 teams for 2013, has enough schools (12 is the minimum number) to hold a championship game. The Big 12 has already broached the idea of sponsoring legislation which could lower the minimum number of schools from 12 to 10.
The Big East would be wise to join the fight to get the rule changed. Maybe not for next season–although technically it could go through all the legislative steps in the next few months.
And that wouldn’t be a bad idea. It would put the Big East in the same theater as the 4 other Big Boy Conferences–Big Ten, Pac 12, SEC and ACC. It would keep the Big East on par with the Mountain West which will be at 12 next season as well.
Scheduling will be a challenge, creating two five team divisions, But it could be done, if the prizes at the end were more money and higher television exposure, with the championship game played at the sight of the highest ranked team.
The more reasonable approach probably would be to get the legislation changed and then be prepared to conduct a championship game for the 2014 season.
Rumblings of more changes in conference reconfiguration have quieted down, although there may be some chatter about the Mountain West making a run at the new Big East Texas schools, Houston and SMU. But both schools are saying publicly and privately that they are committed to making their deal with the Big East work….Aresco is HOPING to have a television contract in football settled in the next few weeks. Look for a multi-network package rather than a single entity…Big East plans for football still include more teams and Tulsa appears to be the main target. If everyone holds together, Tulane and East Carolina will be part of the league in 2014 to replace Louisville and Rutgers. Tulsa and Navy (2015) would then complete the alignment. All of that could speed up or change, of course, but right now that’s the plan…Once the television deals–basketball is also being worked on–are done, Aresco will then work with the Catholic 7 who are leaving and finalize the process of when, and how the break up occurs. Best guess remains a June 30, 2014 departure for not only the Catholic 7, but Rutgers, Louisville and Notre Dame as well…Cincinnati and UConn are still hopeful they get calls from other BCS conferences, but the odds of joining the Catholic 7 are fading as long as the current Big East football remains solvent…Former BC offensive coordinator Dave Brock is again on a the move. After taking over as the Rutgers OC this season for new Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, Brock has been hired as the new Delaware football coach. New Delaware AD Eric Ziady, knows Brock from his days as an Associate AD at BC…..Rutgers will be looking for its fourth OC in four years, which is in the same class as BC since Ryan Day,Steve Addazio’s new OC, will be the Eagles 5th OC in 4 years. Flood should consider former UMass coach Mark Whipple if he wants to jump start the Rutgers offense, which sputtered down the stretch this season. Whipple has been the QB coach for the Cleveland Browns the past few years. Another possibility could be John DeFilippo, who is the QB coach of the Oakland Raiders and the son of former BC AD Gene DeFilippo.© Copyright 2013 Mark, All rights Reserved. Written For: A Jersey Guy