This call to expand out to Boise and San Diego State should be stopped before it is to late. I am not sure about everyone else, but I am done with this western conference idea. If rumors are true the AQ status for all conferences will be gone in 3 years when they change the format and then we are stuck with a ridiculous western division. I love my Huskies but I know the Big East will never compete against the top of the SEC's and other top teams. We are hindered by location (why go north when they can play in warm weather and be paid to do it... sorry couldn't resist).
The Big East has been stretched far enough west and we should go no further then SMU and Houston. Below is a way to stay competitive in football and then create the top basketball conference top to bottom. We sacrifice our soul to some extent but we don't snuff it out.
Here is a radical 24 team league with each team playing each team in their league once with 7 cross over games. Top 18 teams in conference tourney. You can still keep you Uconn/Georgetown and Villanova/St. Johns games.
Football: Uconn, Rutgers, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, Central Florida, SMU, Houston, Southern Miss, Memphis, East Carolina, Villanova
Basketball: Georgetown, St. Johns, Notre Dame, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall
Depaul, Dayton, St. Josephs, Xavier, St. Louis, Temple
p.s I still can't believe in two years Syracuse and Pitt will be leaving though for purely basketball reasons.