Here's a completely different look for a post apocalypse Big East. 12 Basketball/Football Members + 4 basketball only.
12 Teams for Football: ND, Louisville, Cincinnati, UConn, Georgetown, Villanova, Rutgers, USF, Temple, UMass, James Madison, Memphis.
16 Teams for basketball, Football teams and: St Johns, Marquette, Seton Hall, Providence.
DePaul dropped for performance.
ND joins for football and keeps its own TV deal. Give them all they want for football to bring them into the fold.
Georgetown and Nova move up their football programs.
With Nova added for Football, it should drop its objections for Temple. Temple is added.
Memphis added for all sports, bringing in another respectable basketball program.
Add UMASS and JMU, more good basketball history, and football programs that are ready to move up.
All of these adds are basketball fits and geographical fits.
I like this much better than the discussed "football only" adds, the out-of-geography adds, and the service academy approach. In three years we would be just as strong in basketball post the Cuse-Pitt-WVU exodus and also just as good in football. (The only team I would miss is Cuse Basketball).
From a TV perspective, this strengthens New England (UMASS and UConn), grabs Philly (Nova and Temple), and brings DC into the mix (GeoTown).