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BY MARC STEIDLER
The conference carousel continues Friday as West Virginia announces it will join the Big 12. ESPN college football analyst Robert Smith says the move could spell the end of football in the Big East.
“Well, not a big surprise. Probably a death knell, a final nail in the coffin for the Big East, at least in its current form. We knew that it had been changing dramatically, but you’re talking about Rutgers, UConn, and Louisville left.”
With the Mountaineers leaving for a conference where there are no mountains, just five football playing schools remain in the Big East. But the New York Times’ Pete Thamel says there’s still hope for the conference.
“If the Big East had lost both West Virginia and Louisville, it could have been a mortal blow. Instead, the league is now working to fill its proposed 12-team football model with enough quality programs to retain its automatic qualifier status in the Bowl Championship Series.”
Potential targets for Big East dart-throwers include Central Florida, Houston, Boise State, Southern Methodist, Air Force and Brigham Young. Feeling dizzy? Join the club, says a writer for the Wall Street Journal.
“The inner machinations of college sports are divined through some kind of arcane calculus and blood magic – safe to say, no one in the public really knows why anything is the way it is.”
A writer for SB Nation agrees - and he thinks student athletes will feel the consequences.
“Do you run track for WVU? Play golf? Do you love buses? I hope so, because you’ll be on one for a week on your way to away games in Ames, Lubbock and Norman.”
Some clarity on the future of the Big East could come as early as Tuesday, when the conference holds its annual presidents meeting.
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