As we all know, Syracuse is freaking out right now over it's need to fill two spots on the 2012 football schedule. You know what would go a long way towards solving that problem? If one of those new Big East schools got their act together and joined the conference a year early.
Boise State made is sound like it was pretty impossible last week. This week, they're a little more open to the idea:
"Before we make any move, we need to make sure we cover all our expenses," [athletic director Mark] Coyle said. "If a transition takes place now, there are expenses we need to cover before we make a move."
It would cost Boise State between $7.5 million and $9 million to leave the Mountain West this fall. The Broncos could owe the Western Athletic Conference - where their other spots programs are headed - additional money as well for joining that league a year early.
If only the Big East had $20M burning a hole in its pocket to cover those costs. Oh, right...
As mentioned before, if Boise did join the conference and took up West Virginia's schedule, that would mean Syracuse in Boise, Idaho this year. And even if they rejiggered things, I'm sure Pitt and us are going on the road for that one anyway.
Syracuse will eventually head to the ACC sooner or later. The conference will be at a robust 14 teams by then. But why not just go to ludicrous speed and make it 16? Well if they do decide to do that one day, the Hartford Courant is hearing that UConn and Notre Dame have first dibs.
Sources told The Courant recently that the ACC has a 16-team model in place with its first choices being Notre Dame and UConn, but with Notre Dame maintaining its independent position there is no rush to go to 16. If the ACC can't convince Notre Dame, Rutgers could get the call with UConn, but sources say there is no rush there, either.
Notre Dame ain't walking through that door, guys. If and when this happens, I'd be shocked if it wasn't UConn and Rutgers.