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Big East: revisionist history aka How a real Northeastern power conference could been had



so on another corner of the interwebs I saw a thread discussing how different conference realignment may have gone had Penn State been granted acceptance to the BE way back when.

Before even looking to launch the football side of things, the nucleus woulda been Cuse, Pitt, BC & PSU. When the BE intended to roll out the FB side, additions of WVU, Rutgers and Va Tech would have been logical adds, just like real life, but anchored by a north east blue blood (as much as I personally hate to admit it) like PSU probably means no need for the geographic stretch of Miami.

In this scenario, you now have 8 FB schools (SU, PSU, Pitt, BC, NJST, VPI, WVU and Uconn stepping up to make 8) and 5 hoops schools (GTown, St.J, Prov, SHall, 'Nova).

From here you would probably see one of 2 things. (1) see C5 break off to probably form the likes of something like the nBE (ND, Marquette & DePaul would have given a nice 8 team core to build on) or (2) continue as a hybrid.

Scenario 1 would mean the loss of the Philadelphia market (unless Nova wanted to come back/step up to D1 along with UConn) meaning a 9th team in Temple would have made tons of sense. The league could have stayed at 9, or maybe looked to add a few more with UMass and Cincy being prime targets and avail for the picking. Other possibilities could have been the likes of UVa or Maryland.

The end results would have looked something like this, and would have been concentrated in the NE US:

s1: (9 schools: All sports (meaning football))

Syracuse

Penn State

Pitt

Uconn

Boston College

Rutgers

Va Tech

West Virginia

Temple/Nova

s2: (14 schools, 9 football: hybrid hoops, with Cincy or Umass joining to make 9 FB schools)

Syracuse

Penn State

Pitt

UConn

Boston College

Rutgers

Va Tech

West Virginia

Cincinnati/Umass

Villanova

Georgetown

St. Johns

Seton Hall

Providence

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would either scenario have been viable?

was dissing Pedo State really the thing that killed the chance of a real northeastern conference?

would any kind of stability in a league like that (meaning equivalent revenues to other power confs) have prevented the seismic shifts in realignment?

could the above have come true, but we still find a way to get UCant to the AAC?

should I have Chipolte for dinner?

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