The New Big East?

According to a source very close to the Big East Conference brass, here is a look at the plan currently in the works for the future of the Big East and college football as a whole.

The Big East powers-that-be have a plan for the future of their conference. Despite the recent looting and pillaging of the Big East by the ACC and the resulting losses of Miami and Virginia Tech, the show must go on for the remaining teams.

Commissioner Michael Tranghese and his trusty sidekicks are working on creating a twelve-team football and basketball "New Big East" Conference. As a source very close to the action told me on Friday afternoon, "They're further along than you might think."

Here is the twelve-team conference that is in the works and would come to be in the 2005-06 season if everything goes according to plan. Again, this is not official, but it seems to be the direction that the Big East is heading in barring any major bumps in the road.

Big East six: Boston College
West Virginia

Additional six:

Notre Dame

The league would be split up into two divisions of six, possibly in the way I listed them above. As a result, a conference championship game would be held every year.

Obviously the X-factor in this whole proposal is Notre Dame, as they have historically been very reluctant to relinquish their independent status. The deal in place would basically allow them to be Notre Dame with the lucrative TV contract and all the frills they currently enjoy, while providing them a chance to play in a conference championship game. If the Pac-10, Big-10 and ACC ultimately expand to twelve schools and the BCS system is done away with and replaced with a "tournament of champions" of sorts, Notre Dame will have to join a conference to be eligible for postseason play. The Big East has been courting ND since the ACC invited BC, Syracuse and Miami two months ago.

The remaining current Big East basketball schools would merge with Xavier, Marquette, Dayton, St. Joseph's and others to form a basketball-only league.

Other tidbits:

-Rumor has Iowa State leaving the Big-12 and joining the "Big-10", and Colorado State replacing them. The Big-10 would have a conference championship game as a result.

-Look for the Pac-10 to expand to twelve teams as well.

Michael Chevallier is the publisher of He can be reached at for thoughts on the New Big East Conference.

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