Big East Expansion Candidates: By The Numbers

With the news that the Big East has approved moving to a 12 team football conference, its time to take a look at the most likely candidates to be added to the conference. There are numerous options for the Big East in seeking 12 teams, most of them depend on a prospective school's willingness to be a football-only member or not and whether or not the Big East will be able to hold on to its six current members. That all being the case, below are two charts. One shows the enrollment, football and athletic budgets, attendance figures and academic profile of the schools. The second chart shows the distance from each possible new member to the existing six football members. 

Note: The service academies aren't funded the same way as public and private universities, so their athletic department financials aren't released to the public. Also, the academies are ranked as national liberal arts colleges in the US News and World Report rankings but not as national universities (for obvious reasons). Army and Navy are tied at #14 while Air Force is ranked #33. All of the financial information was pulled directly from the US Department of Education database (thanks to Kristi Dosh of The Business of College Sports for assistance with the database). 

 

 

Boise State East Carolina Houston Memphis SMU Temple UCF
Full Time Undergrad Enrollment 20,000 18,266 20,771 12,465 5,910 23,958 34,126
Athletic Expenses 25,092,811 29,294,952 31,564,286 36,951,363 36,034,263 28,783,706 35,628,562
Football Expenses 6,850,396 8,940,958 8,194,333 11,557,329 12,493,293 10,093,610 8,507,586
Football Revenue 14,515,613 9,627,578 7,719,733 11,557,329 12,493,293 10,093,610 15,173,200
Athletic Revenue 25,099,155 30,861,024 31,564,286 36,951,363 36,034,263 28,783,706 35,690,477
2010 Avg. Attendance 34,059 50,012 31,092 23,182 23,387 37,222 36,724
Stadium Capacity 33,500 50,000 32,000 61,000 32,000 68,532 45,363
TV Market Ranking 113 101 10 48 5 4 19
US News Ranking #67 (Regional Colleges) #194 (National Universities) NR NR #62 (National Universities) #132 (National Universities) #177 (National Universities)
R&D Expenditure Ranking 275 239 134 180 259 140 123
Current Conference MWC C-USA C-USA C-USA C-USA MAC C-USA
Football Only Option Yes Yes No No No No No

Here's a look at the distance between the six current football members and the ten possible additions. Obviously some schools make for a relatively short stop for just about everyone. For instance, Temple is less than 400 miles from half the conference. Conversely, Venezuela is closer to Tampa than Boise is. Travel and its costs, especially for any school that might be considered for full membership. Of course, considering the desperate nature of the situation for the Big East, distance probably won't factor into the situation, but it will matter to fans who might wish to travel. 

Cincinnati Connecticut Louisville Rutgers South Florida West Virginia Average
Navy 533 326 629 183 941 233 474.2
Air Force 1162 1953 1082 1744 1831 1434 1534.3
Army 681 112 781 82 1174 416 541.0
Boise State 1926 2575 1880 2459 2629 2209 2279.7
East Carolina 605 621 650 478 688 444 581.0
Houston 1056 1750 952 1608 981 1344 1281.8
Memphis 482 1218 384 1076 807 754 786.8
SMU 932 1668 834 1526 1151 1204 1219.2
Temple 572 211 671 67 1037 311 478.2
Central Florida 899 1195 858 1052 84 901 831.5
Average 884.8 1162.9 872.1 1027.5 1132.3 925
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