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Big East Not Quite a Mid-Major Conference ... Yet

The Big East added Tulane to the mix for basketball, starting in 2014. Even with the addition of most of the original Conference USA programs, Mike Aresco's conference remains above the mid-major line ... but it is getting closer.

The Dana O'Neil Flip Flop

"I can't fault Maryland and Rutgers in this one... So if you're a financially strapped athletic department like Maryland and someone dangles the Big Ten Network cash register in front of you, you go. If you're a dying-to-win homecoming queen but are a destined-for-princess school like Rutgers and someone wants you (other than your crumbling league), you go. "

Notre Dame Apparently Headed To The ACC (For All But Football, Hockey)

Updated with SB Nation link. I guess the idea of playing basketball against the likes of SMU and Houston didn't sit well in South Bend. The first info I saw on this subjecthttp://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8369070/notre-dame-sports-football-hockey-acc came from ESPN's Brett McMurphy, who has a good track record with this sort of thing. While I've been expecting a move like this for some time (based on message board chatter), I didn't quite expect it today. The Fighting Irish will now see a sizable chunk of its football schedule filled with ACC opposition (5 games according to McMurphy). Plus, they'll join fellow ACC rival Boston College in Hockey East. (Note the ACC will need four more teams to sponsor hockey as a conference, a big number, but not too sizable.) The big question is when this move happens, given the Big East's 27-month notice requirement. But, hey, it's not like Notre Dame would have much issue getting past that hurdle financially. Another is if football joins the conference down the road at some point, perhaps when the NBC money runs out.

Convolution, Thy Name Is Big East Expansion

Blogging the Bracket's Chris Dobbertean looks at the Big East expansion and tries to sift through all of the various things that are yet to be resolved.

Big East Coast Bias: Football-Driven Expansion Is About To Happen

For basketball purposes, Houston, SMU, and UCF are poor replacements for Pitt, Syracuse, and West Virginia, but you and I know that's not what this is about. Boise State and San Diego State are set to come aboard for football only. The Aztecs are likely to join the Big West in other sports, which refreshingly makes geographic sense, even if such a move is a competitive step down. There's no word yet on where the Broncos would park their other sports. Air Force is also a possible addition, though they have the same conference issue as Boise. Navy, which has no such issues thanks to its place in the Patriot League, could also join. More info and analysis when things become official, as there are sure to be more dominoes falling. Be sure to check out Mountain West Connection's take on this too.

WVU to Big 12 Once Missouri Leaves

Well, well, well. I guess Luck won't get too much chance to play those power-houses of Air Force and Navy. Can't wait to hear what he has to say about this move, I'm sure he's devastated. Seriously though, it's a good move for WVU with the Big East still twiddling their thumbs. They will be one of the better basketball teams in the Big 12, but they might get knocked around in football more than they like. I'm glad we could give them an early dose of that on Friday.

How Involved Was ESPN In ACC Expansion Into The Big East?

How Involved Was ESPN In ACC Realignment And Expansion Into The Big East?

Looks Like The Horned Frogs Are Skipping Past The Big East And Jumping To The Big 12

Chris Dobbertean of Blogging the Bracket thinks TCU's likely move to the Big 12 makes sense, even if it is likely to create further ripples nationally.

Report: Oklahoma May Stay in Big 12

Hold everything folks. Oklahoma MAY put a stop to it. But, it all comes with Texas paying a price. If this happens, Louisville to a more stable Big 12?

So, Syracuse And Pitt Are ACC-Bound. Time To Update The Realignment Page

And on the seventh day, the Atlantic Coast Conference's powers that be did not rest. Instead, they expanded their loop, making Pittsburgh and Syracuse the league's 13th and 14th members. This move...

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