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Radical Big East proposal

Frank the Tank was suggesting the Big East go Big Country and recruit BYU for football--even "all sports" if necessary.

Maybe it works?  Is Utah that much farther away than TCU?  Is a plan ride to Utah that much longer than a plane ride to Tampa?

Think about it.  BYU cannot play on Sundays.  The Big East tournament is the only one that doesn't end on Sunday.  We do not have many Sunday basketball games at all. 

But BYU, like Notre Dame, wants independence.  Well, maybe the Big East should meet BYU and Notre Dame halfway.  

What if the Big East did this:

East:
Syracuse
UConn
Rutgers
Pitt
WVU
Notre Dame (5 conference games only--in division)

West:
UCF
USF
Cincy
Louisville
TCU
BYU (5 conference games only--in division)

BYU and Notre Dame swap divisions after every two years, allowing them to play their national schedules.  Every four years they would have a home and away against every other Big East team AND still have 7 OOC games to fill.  Every Big East team would get to host BYU or Notre Dame every 4 years.  

ND can still play USC, Michigan, Michigan St., Navy and 3 other schools.  It can have its deal with NBC for the other 7 games. 

To ensure fairness, the division champion could be decided like this:

1. Winning percentage
2. Most wins...so a 4-1 BYU would lose out to a 8-1 TCU for division championship. 

The risk, of course, is that a 5-0 Notre Dame would be 8-4 overall.  But that is a small price to pay for Notre Dame coming on board.  And if Notre Dame wins the Big East conference game, so be it.  But if 9-4 Notre Dame wins the Big East, I guarantee that they would perform better in the BCS game than UConn did.  AND be more legitimate.  People would watch that game.

What do you think?

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