The Big East is a giant shitshow, mostly because schools with high quality athletic departments are bolting for greener pastures, leaving the conference with the scraps of Division I. Earlier today, it was announced that Tulane and ECU will be joining the Big East, with Tulane a full member and ECU in football only. That brings the final tally of Big East football schools to 14 as of July 1, 2015, with the likes of Syracuse, Rutgers, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh all departing.
Here’s the list of 14 schools signed up for Big East football as of that July 1, 2015 date, when all the Big East realignment will finally be over (provided no one else leaves, which, given the pace of change, is unlikely):
Boise State, UCF, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, San Diego State, USF, SMU, Temple, Navy, ECU, Tulane.
The Big East website, though a little behind with today’s news and that of the recently departed Rutgers, has straightened out the madness that is its livelihood quite nicely, if you care to check it out.
But the bigger concern for us, at least, is the geography of its football teams. The Big East was originally called the Big East because it was in the east. Mainly the northeast, but there were a few exceptions here and there. Now it seems the majority of the Big East is not in the northeast, or even what qualifies as the east. By our count, it has five southern schools, two western schools, three sort of midwestern/sort of eastern schools, three northeastern schools, and one eastern school.
The geographic difference between its two furthest schools, the University of Central Florida and Boise State, is about 2,200 miles. If we were to use Boise State, UCF, San Diego State, and UConn to create a boundary for the land the Big East encompasses, it would cover approximately 1.96 million square miles, which is 52% of the United States.
Basically what were saying is that they should rename the conference. Because any “brand” association with the Big East, at least football-wise, is long gone.