Big East division fun!

May, 29, 2012
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We still have no idea how the Big East is going to form divisions when new members join the conference for the 2013 season.

But coming up with various ideas and opinions was one big topic at the Big East spring meetings last week. Among the ideas tossed around are three different potential alignments:
  • North-South
  • East-West
  • Non-Geographic
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Senior associate commissioner Nick Carparelli cautioned that none of the ideas presented have set teams yet. The league will now go back and start doing hundreds of combinations and permutations to present to coaches and athletics directors in July to come up with a consensus for what works best.

But that doesn't mean we here at the Big East blog can't have some fun with potential divisions. I have to say, the idea of non-geographic divisions is particularly intriguing. You split teams out West, in Florida and Texas, then assign one true rival to every team in the league as a game that they absolutely play annually. Doing this can either preserve or create rivalries, something coaches place a high value in; and also helps with recruiting in Florida and Texas. This one also seemed to excite a lot of the coaches and ADs, so do not be surprised if some form of this one eventually wins out.

Here are my ideas for what I think would work best in this non-geographic model. Remember, the Big East is hoping to draft divisions into the future so it does not have to go back to the drawing board when Navy joins in 2015. Also remember, the league has said it wants to add another team from the West to get to 14 eventually.

These are the teams slated to be in the Big East by 2015:
  • Boise State
  • Cincinnati
  • UConn
  • Louisville
  • Houston
  • Memphis
  • Navy
  • Rutgers
  • UCF
  • San Diego State
  • USF
  • SMU
  • Temple
Non-Geographic, Division A
  • Boise State
  • Cincinnati
  • UConn
  • Houston
  • Memphis
  • Navy
  • USF
Division B
  • Louisville
  • UCF
  • Rutgers
  • San Diego State
  • SMU
  • Temple
My picks for set rivals:
  • Boise State-San Diego State
  • Cincinnati-Louisville
  • SMU-Houston
  • USF-UCF
  • UConn-Rutgers
  • Temple-Navy
  • Memphis-(New team)
  • Added bonus: Temple and Rutgers in the same division ensures they play every year and can try to establish a rivalry as well.

So I have split up the rivals and the Florida, Texas and West schools and tried to balance out the top/middle/bottoms of each division. I don't think one is more top heavy than another. This should provide competitiveness, while also giving the Big East an opportunity to have some of its best teams rise to the top and be a national player.

Here are my idea ideas for North-South

North
  • Boise State
  • Cincinnati
  • UConn
  • Navy
  • Rutgers
  • Temple
South
  • Louisville
  • Houston
  • Memphis
  • UCF
  • USF
  • San Diego State
  • SMU

And East-West

East
  • UConn
  • Cincinnati
  • Rutgers
  • Navy
  • UCF
  • USF
  • Temple
West
  • Boise State
  • Louisville
  • Houston
  • Memphis
  • San Diego State
  • SMU

Let me stress these are just my ideas for what could work the best. There are plenty of combinations out there, and the Big East will look at all of them. What do you guys think? Vote in the poll, send me a note into the mailbag or leave it down below, and we can discuss your comments later this week. I am really interested in hearing what you all have to say about this topic.

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