The Houston area has been rated among the 20 fastest-growing economic regions in the world. The fourth largest city in the U.S. is the fastest growing in North America. Houston ranked at 19 and Dallas at 36 are the only two North American metropolitan areas to finish in Brookings' Top 40 for 2010-2011. http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Houston-earns-high-marks-for-strong-economy-2655834.php With the two Texas cities, San Diego, and Orlando, the Big East will soon be much larger. Great expectations for media contracts next year. The Big East presidents and commisioner were not dummies when rejecting their contracts last year. Size == TV $. The Big East will have the biggest and best media markets. Other conferences will not even be close.The Big East has offered much to the four new schools but not without gain. Cheers!