- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The mail does not stop her at Big East blogging headquarters.
Dave in Charlotte, N.C., writes: What is your prediction of what happens in the next 30 days? And how does this decision affect the incoming schools (especially San Diego State), the outgoing schools (Pitt/Syracuse), potential members (Air Force/BYU), the league in general, and the TV negotiations?
Adelson: I wish I had a crystal ball that could tell me what will happen into the future. Unfortunately, given the sport that I write about, there is way too much unpredictability to hazard even a remote guess as to what is going to happen in the next week, let alone the next 30 days. If NCAA president Mark Emmert is on the right track, there could very well be another realignment wave after the four-team playoff/future BCS is set at the end of the month. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick seemed pretty certain that details would be hammered out by their final meeting June 20. If that does spur more shuffling, could it happen in a 10-day window? Maybe. Maybe not. I don't think anybody knows what is going to happen. That includes administrators and folks working in conference offices. The Big 12 reiterated last week it was happy at 10. How long will it last? Was it posturing? If nothing happens with the Big 12, then I think the Big East will remain intact for September. If the Big 12 makes a move, all bets are off.
Alex in Syracuse writes: Does anyone else think Wayne Williams will be amazing? He's 6 foot 6, 350 pounds, and runs a 4.9 40-time. In a couple years, y'all will be calling him the Brooklyn BEAST, and will be at least first team all Big East (or ACC).
Adelson: I have read all about Williams, and I know Syracuse fans are excited to have him arrive. He does have some good measurables, but good measurables mean nothing without proper coaching and development. Williams certainly has a chance to be really good, so I will be keeping an eye out to see how he does once he arrives on campus.
Knight in Shining Armor in Orlando writes: I honestly, with ever fiber of my person, believe that the UCF-USF rivalry will be the best that the Big East has seen in years and will quickly become the marquee matchup for the conference. Am I right, or am I right? I've been to several Bulls-Knights games (not just football) and it is never a friendly outing. May I even dare say that it has potential to overshadow some of the other rivalries in Florida? Gasp!
Adelson: Let's get one thing straight. It won't be the best the Big East has seen in years, because the Big East is not even one year removed from the Backyard Brawl ending. It is going to be hard to match the intensity and national scope of that rivalry. But I agree that USF-UCF has major potential in the league. I know USF fans do not look at UCF as a rival because the Knights have never won a football game, but the ingredients are there. Close proximity and fan disdain being the top 2 ingredients for a rivalry to thrive. But I don't think it will be overshadowing Florida State-Florida or Florida State-Miami or even Florida-Miami. First off, those teams have played each other more than four times. Second off, those are national programs, so they capture a little more attention. UCF and USF are not on the same level and it will take a long time for them to get there. But I don't think that point has anything to do with what USF-UCF could develop into in the Big East.
Eric in Tampa writes: If AQ status is gone, wouldn't a league benefit more if it has less teams in the league? Why wouldn't Notre Dame start their own conference of say 10 teams instead of joining the ACC or the Big whatever. Surely they could get NBC to shell out $25 million per team for a 10-team league? How about ND, Boston College, Syracuse Pitt, Rutgers, UConn, FSU, UM, etc. Any thoughts?
Adelson: Notre Dame wants nothing to do with being in a conference in football. That hasn't changed, and it won't change until some sort of apocalyptic time takes over college football. As for your first point, I think it is the number of league games that hurt teams more than number of teams actually in the league. I don't know that nine league games really helps when you are thinking about trying to get a team into position for a playoff. Adding an extra conference games only increases the chances that you just have league teams just beating up on each other. You will note the SEC, even at 14 teams, is sticking with eight league games. There is a reason for that.