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Big East Needs to Double Down on the Hybrid Model


The Big East needs to double down and create a national football and basketball hybrid conference with anywhere from 12 to 16 football teams and 22 to 24 basketball teams. My ideal model would add BYU, Boise St., Houston, SMU, Memphis, Temple, Nevada and UCF for all sports. It would also allow Villanova to move up to FBS, bring in Air Force and Navy for football-only and add basketball powers Butler, Gonzaga and St. Louis for non-football membership. The result is this.

 

East
UConn
Rutgers
Villanova
Temple
Cincinnati
USF
UCF
Navy (football only)

Non-Football
Notre Dame
Georgetown
St. John's
Providence
Seton Hall

West
Louisville
BYU
SMU
Houston
Memphis
Boise St.
Nevada
Air Force (football only)

Non-Football
Marquette
Gonzaga
Butler
St. Louis
DePaul

 

This would be a monster of a conference. Most will look at it and hate it and not see the potential because the emotions of losing old rivalries is so raw right now but this would be one helluva league. It would have great football and basketball power and would stretch throughout all regions of the country. There is no way this league would not be worth a huge amount of money for TV broadcasters. It would have teams in the markets of NYC, Philly, Houston, Washington DC, Dallas, Chicago, Orlando, Tampa, Hartford, Cincinnati, Louisville, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Memphis, Milwaukee, and St. Louis and in the states of Nevada, Idaho, Maryland and Rhode Island. This is the way that the Big East would not only survive, but thrive and possibly dominate in it's next incarnation.

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