Wednesday, February 8, 2012
While it appears the TCU's new landing spot in the Big 12 is stable (at least for now), the conference realignment drama that has plagued us for going on two years continues this week. With West Virginia on the way out and just about all of the legacy members looking for their own escape, the Big East this week went out and watered down their football conference even more by plucking Memphis away from Conference USA. While this move doesn't directly affect the Frogs, the continued shifts in conference affiliation may have an effect on future scheduling strategies and postseason structure in a number of sports.
But Memphis to the Big East doesn't appear that it'll be the final aftershock in this elongated seismic event. Immediately following the Tigers' departure, CUSA reached out to Temple to gauge the Owls' interest in leaving the MAC...which was their landing spot after being kicked to the curb by the Big East a few years back. The circle of life. Then again, there are the persistent rumors that CUSA and the Mountain West could dissolve and form a brand-new, more than likely awkwardly-named conference.
So who do you think will be the next undeserving football program to be tapped with the magic BCS wand? Or will that even matter in three years? How do you see these mid-level conferences shaping up once all of the shuffling is finished. Or will it ever be finished?
Posted by Lyle Lanley at Wednesday, February 08, 2012