With West Virginia leaving for the Big 12, every Big East team may not have a full schedule of football games this fall. First, the Big East administration attempted to resolve scheduling problems with the help of Boise State. Now, they hope Temple will come to the rescue.
Starting at least as early as September 10, 2010, the Big East was attempting to add Villanova's football team. One could speculate that spending a very long period trying someone's "impossible dream", endangered the very existence of the conference.
What would have been the differences if at that time Temple had been added in all sports? Speculation was that Pittsburgh and West Virginia were two of the teams which objected to adding Villanova football. Would Pittsburgh and Syracuse have not decided to leave the conference?
What would it take to have Pittsburgh and/or Syracuse remain in the Big East?
There are some obvious reasons not to leave the conference, including:
1. The geographical locations save money and are convenient for teams and fans.
2. Their more likely to receive fans from New Jersey or Connecticut than miami.
3. Losing past rivalries and relations is going to hurt more than they think.
Stability is not a reason for them to leave the Big East as they are the ones causing the lack of it.
Money might be a reason but they do not and will not know until the end of the year whether there is significant gain.
Are any efforts being made to keep them, or does no one care if they leave?