With TCU headed to the Big 12, is SMU heating up as a strong candidate for the Big East? Without the Horned Frogs, the Big East doesn't have the DFW market, one of the country's top 5 sports markets. SMU brings them that market.
CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy reported that as the Big East dwindles (Syracuse and Pitt have moved to the ACC and West Virginia and Louisville are Big 12 candidates), schools like UCF, SMU, Temple, Air Force, Boise State, Navy and Houston are becoming more attractive, as discussed in a conference call Tuesday with school presidents, chancellors and athletic directors.
McMurphy said that UCF is the conference's top target. (After SMU beat TCU two weeks ago, the Frogs were invited into the Big 12, the conference the Ponies so badly want to be in. Maybe the Knights will receive an official Big East invite if they lose to SMU this weekend.)
McMurphy said that conference commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement Monday that the league could consider a model with 12 football members and then possibly splitting the football and basketball conference into divisions.
"Navy, Air Force and Boise State are being considered as football members only, while UCF, Temple, Houston and SMU are at the top of the list as all-sports members so it's unknown right now how large the basketball membership could grow," McMurphy stated in his blog.
McMurphy also stated that the Newark Star-Ledger reported a proposed alignment of Rutgers, UConn, South Florida, UCF, Temple and Navy in an East Division with West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, Air Force, SMU and Houston in a West Division.Read more from McMurphy here.