I am a Big East fan who (just like every freaking big east football fan since 2004) has been shouting to the mountain tops to get rid of the non Division I footballs schools and bring in more football schools. Well it doesn't matter now.
Why can't this version of the Big 12 work?
along with the other Big 12 shcools (I won't include Oklahoma and Oklahoma St, due to the current situation)
Texas, Baylor, Iowa St, Kansas, Kansas St, Texas Tech, Missouri
West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, TCU,
Central Florida, Houston, Marquette, Depaul
How about 2 divisions
Texas/Baylor/TCU/Texas Tech/Central Florida/South Florida/Houston (Marquette)
This proposal works because it keeps everything somewhat regional. It keeps a prescence in the Northeast (WVU), the Midwest (Cincinnati, Marquette, Depaul, Louisville, Missouri, Iowa St, Kansas St, Kansas), the State of Texas (Houston, TCU, Texas, Baylor, Texas Tech,) and Florida (Central Florida, South Florida).
Most of these schools are located near major airports. That helps save time travel for the student/athlete and saves travel costs for the school. I only added 14 football schools because that would be 2 less teams that the football schools would have to share their football tv contract with. Since every conference is planning to move up to 16 teams, i adjusted it accordinally.
One thing that most people don't realize is that NBC Sports is looking to have a larger presence in College Sports. Their is a good chance that a Conference like this could cause a bidding war with other networks. If you had a football conference championship, you can give the team with the higher BCS ranking, the home game , it would be a guaranteed sell-out. If you have the Basketball Conference Tournament in Kansas City every year, it would be a guaranteed money-maker.
Could this work? Thoughts