TCU to the Big East? Get. It. Done. And don’t stop there…

by Mike Grant on September 30, 2010

in Big East,College Football,UConn Football

Geography Shmography.

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that TCU and the Big East have met within the last month.  Obviously TCU would add some big muscle to the Big East’s football line-up.  I am all for the move. 

I wouldn’t stop with TCU.

Add Houston and Central Florida now as well, securing the Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Orlando markets.  Then add Nova and the Philly market in 2014, as well as a conference championship game (preferably at Bright House Stadium in Orlando, so I can take the fam to Disney).

Even if the Big East doesn’t like the UCF/Houston/Nova model, I really hope the TCU addition goes down.  It’s imaginative, proactive and it’s exactly what Big East football could use right now…a nice shot in the arm.

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mikein manila September 30, 2010 at 8:34 pm

If the BE got TCU, it would permanently kill the Mountain West as a competitor… taking Houston would give TCU a natural rival (and 2 "top 25" football teams). Adding these 2 would also allow the conference to be the ONLY BCS conference in the 2 biggest markets for football talent – Florida and Texas. Adding UCF would give USF a natural local rival (and boost their Florida pressence). The 12th team for football could be either Temple/Villanova/ECU. Would create a playoff (and potentially lock all the BCS conferences to a maximum 12 teams). By the way, they could do something similar on the BB side adding Xaxier, Butler, St Lious, and Richmond/Boston Univ)…you could then have a 24 team "Big American" or "Continental" conference

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mike in manila September 30, 2010 at 8:42 pm

The new "Continental Conference" could look something like this:

Football======== Non Football=======
North South East West
UConn UCF SH ND
Pitt USF SJ DePaul
WVU Houston Georgetown Xavier
Rutgers TCU Villanova Marquette
Syracuse Louisville Providence St Lious
Temple Cinicinnatti Richmond/BU Butler

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mike in manila September 30, 2010 at 8:47 pm

To finish up, each Continental Conference team would have a natural rival (like the PAC 10). Each team would play all the teams in their division (home and home in BB) and half the football teams in the other division (in BB North/South and East/West would play the team in the other division once). Top 4 teams in each division would be in invited to NYC for the league BB championship. Football and NonFootball divisions would have their own "Asst Commissioners" reporting to the League Commissioner. League would be HDQ in NYC.

Great markets + Natural Rivalries + TV $$$ = Long Term League Stability (for everyone)

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Michael Grant September 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Tons of good stuff there Mike. Excellent point about being the only conference with a presence in both Florida AND Texas…let's hope TCU to the Big East happens.

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Patrick Hopkins September 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I don't get Nova at all. I mean how do they build a competitive football program?

Christ, the big east kicked out temple for low attendance. Why the hell are people in philly going to want to watch Nova football? I don't see a scenario where nova becomes a competitive football team.

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Michael Grant October 1, 2010 at 7:27 am

It's not so much about the what with Villanova, it's about the where. Philly = gigantic TV market. Villanova basketball draws extremely well, they can draw over 20K to a game. Each of the last two seasons, Nova and Temple have drawn over 30K. Based on how many people showed up to watch UConn / Temple, it's safe to say a good number of those 30K were Nova fans. Their alumni had plenty of dough…

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Michael Grant October 1, 2010 at 7:28 am

it's not as bad of an idea as you think. I too worry about their attendance, but consider some of their home games : Rutgers, UConn, Pitt, Cuse, WVU – All would certainly bring a lot of visiting fans. Add that to local Philly football fans who want to see some big time college football, Nova fans and alums within in a 2 hour drive, and students. I think they could draw 30K. Not great, but not an abomination. If Boston College can do it in Boston, Villanova can do it in Philly. Very similar circumstances.

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