Monday, January 7, 2013
Next Big East expansion targets?
By Andrea Adelson
With Boise State deciding to stay in the Mountain West and San Diego State deciding on its future, it is pretty clear the Big East needs to have a few programs on speed dial to add into the mix.
How would you feel about UMass and Tulsa?
ESPN's Andy Katz cites sources in reporting those two schools have been discussed as potential options. Katz also adds:
"Rice and Southern Miss were also tossed around. Meanwhile, the Mountain West expects to move on San Diego State by the end of this week, according to a league source. The MWC has to decide if it will go to 12 or 14. The MWC has interest in SMU and Houston, but SMU has let it be known to the MWC it has no interest as the Mustangs and Cougars are set to go to the Big East."
I think it is going to be hard for the Big East to convince any teams currently in the Mountain West to join the league. So it makes sense that expansion targets are coming from Conference USA and the MAC, two leagues that rank below the Mountain West in the current power structure.
Guess we'll wait and see what happens.