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Once left for dead, Big East thriving in BCS

Originally Published: May 22, 2008
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

When the ACC raided the Big East for three of its stronger member schools in 2003, Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese wasn't sure his league would survive.

After Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech left for the ACC, many college football pundits wondered whether the new Big East was worthy of keeping an automatic spot in the BCS.

Oddly enough, the very postseason system that threatened the Big East's existence has helped it flourish.

One year ...

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