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    WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    Stewart: West Virginia could end up in new league

    March, 12, 2010
    By Brian Bennett


    Very interesting comments, to say the least, from West Virginia coach Bill Stewart about the future of the Big East and the Mountaineers.

    Stewart sat down for an interview with WTAP in Parkersburg, W.Va., on Thursday and touched on a variety of topics. You can watch it here, and fast forward to about the 7:20 mark for the most interesting stuff.

    The host asks Stewart about the Big Ten potentially raiding the Big East, and here's what Stewart had to say:

    "It's exciting. It's disheartening as well. ... The Big Ten could ... they'll pick a couple of our teams. However, the SEC and the ACC will also do the same, so that's exciting. I don't know where we're going to land. We could land, whatever, in one of maybe three conferences, the ACC, the SEC, maybe the Big Ten.

    "But right now, we're still Big East and we need to keep that focus. And that's the disheartening thing, when you break up a Big East contingency like we had. We had a lot of fun, a lot of rivals, and I hate to see that end. But there are exciting times on the horizon with new conferences. We'll be in one of them; which one I don't know, I really don't. But that's down the road a couple of years, I do believe."
    The host then asked Stewart how such a move might affect recruiting.

    "We talked about it today [in] a recruiting meeting," Stewart said. "Let's say the SEC invites us in. Well, that gives us a certain prestige. Then you say, where are we geographically compared to them? Now would the ACC be better? Well, geographically it might be, but clout-wise would it be? If the Big Ten would says, hey, come on in, that's an East-West travel. Probably the ACC would be the best travel league. But, really, football-wise, the ACC, SEC, Big Ten ... any will be good. I just hate to see the Big East disband."
    This is the first time I'm aware that any Big East official or coach has talked openly about the Big East being raided, much less disbanding. It should be noted that this appears to be only Stewart's opinion, and he notes that he believes it's still several years away. But the coach is apparently preparing for a possible seismic shift in conference alignment that could change college football as we know it. And Stewart has been an adamant supporter of the Big East.

    Time will tell if he's right about this.

    Interesting. I bet the Big East tells him to knock it off with talk like that



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    Now that is interesting. Thanks for the post.

    I agree with you that the Big East Conference most likely will put a muzzle on him. I can't believe the conference wants that type of information being discussed in the press.



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    very interesting. thanks for sharing!



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    I hope the Big 12 is on the phone to Louisville...just in case...


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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    I hope the Big 12 is on the phone to Louisville...just in case...
    They should be on speed dial. Louisville would be perfect for the North if we wanted to expand.



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    They should be on speed dial. Louisville would be perfect for the North if we wanted to expand.
    or, if we had to.....



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    I'd like to add Louisville for sure, maybe then we could also sneak in Arkansas if the SEC was trying to get some of the other Big East teams.
    South Florida to the SEC and Cincy to the Big Ten might make sense geographically even though the respective conferences wouldn't gain any more TV sets.



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    There will be some MAJOR shakeups in the next couple of years in college football conferences.

    I hope ISU comes out of it in a major conference, and if I had to bet, I think they will.

    It sounds like the ACC, Big 10 and SEC will grab from one another and eat up the major schools in the Big East.

    I really don't have any clue what will happen with the Big 12, but it seems like they'll need to expand to keep up.



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    They should be on speed dial. Louisville would be perfect for the North if we wanted to expand.
    I'd like to see Memphis too. Sets us up nicely as the primo basketball conference.



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    Quote Originally Posted by LutherClone View Post
    I'd like to see Memphis too. Sets us up nicely as the primo basketball conference.
    I have to disagree here. outside of bball, what do they offer? Even bball is in retreat.



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheHelgo View Post
    I have to disagree here. outside of bball, what do they offer? Even bball is in retreat.
    Not really, they have the #1 recruiting class coming in next year.



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheHelgo View Post
    I have to disagree here. outside of bball, what do they offer? Even bball is in retreat.
    Well, for starters, they offer Memphis which is a Conference USA/ SEC city. More TV sets means more money.

    There football isn't great, but it's not terrible. Since 2003, they've been to five bowl games.



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    Quote Originally Posted by LutherClone View Post
    Well, for starters, they offer Memphis which is a Conference USA/ SEC city. More TV sets means more money.

    There football isn't great, but it's not terrible. Since 2003, they've been to five bowl games.
    Also think the Big XII would be concerned about Memphis' graduation rates for athletics, as well as the fact that they have had to vacate 2 final four appearances due to NCAA Violations.

    So, the Big XII should reach for a program that has 1 'successful', but proven dirty program (bball), and one marginally successful program (football), with crappy graduation rate and academic history among the athletics. I just think there would inevitably be much more attractive options. Frankly, I would be embarassed if the Big XII invited Memphis because it would indicate that they whiffed on SEVERAL other invitations. There is no way Memphis would be one of the top choices to fill any vacancy in the Big XII.



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    Memphis would bring very little to the conference. We need to aim higher than that.



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    Re: WVU fb coach says Big East football could disband?

    Ok, I think those are fair arguments. Actually, the more I think about it, there are def. better prospects.

    Cincy, AFA, and Houston come to mind.(I'm assuming that BYU and Utah are gone to PAC 10 land.)



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