So which divisional alignment do you prefer for the future Big East?
I gave you the three options on the table earlier this week:
Over 60 percent of you voted for East-West. That one probably makes the most logistical sense if the league wants to keep some semblance of geography. I continue to be intrigued with the non-geographic alignment, which would split the Florida, Texas and West schools. The Big East will have another update on where this stands in July.
For now, here are some of your thoughts:
fightingmuskie writes: Here is a novel idea---Navy has always played a national schedule so align like this:
East: UConn, Rutgers, Temple, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis
West: USF, UCF, Houston, SMU, Boise, San Diego St
Navy spends even years in the East and odd years in the West. Problem solved. No need to add another affiliate for football and if someone (Louisville) leaves Navy just slots into their spot.
BIGPGM in N.J., writes: Hey Andrea, With all the division talk, I am surprised that none of the formats include the current Big East teams in one division. I personally like the Big Division (west/newcomers) and the East Division (east/senior members). Air Force could potentially round out the BIG division so a service academy is in both divisions, and that would be an automatic cross over game.
EAST: UConn, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Navy, Louisville, USF, Temple
BIG: Boise State, UCF, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, SMU (Air Force).
Dave in Connecticut writes: Here is my write-in ballot for your recent poll regarding Big East divisions. I would suggest doing everything possible to get BYU, Air Force and one other east coast team into the league to make up four divisions of four teams (North, South, Central and West). Each team would play the three division rivals every year, plus four teams from one other division on a rotating basis. The final game would have the teams seeded 1-8 from each divisional grouping playing against each other. The two No. 1s would be the championship game, while the others would be playing for conference pride. Rivalries could still be local and the really long distance travel would be limited. I know there would be a lot of details to work out for travel and who gets home games; but, I think this would be a very compelling way to schedule the widespread teams while still keeping a sense of belonging to one, single conference.
Mr. P in West Chester, Ohio, writes: Andrea: For some reason I don't like the North / South divisional set up, but here are my East / West and non-geographical divisions.
East: UConn, Rutgers Temple, USF, UCF, Cincinnati, Louisville
West: San Diego State, Boise State, SMU, Houston, Memphis, Navy/ BYU, Air Force,or Fresno State
Non-geographic: A. San Diego State, UCF, Louisville, UConn, Houston, Memphis, Navy
B: Boise State, USF, Cincinnati, Rutgers, SMU, Temple/ Air Force, BYU or Fresno State
Some rivalries will depend on which 14th school is added.
Steve in San Diego writes: It's time for the conference to make BOLD moves. It's the only thing that comes close to ensuring survival. 24 schools. 16 for football, 24 for all other sports. Introducing the BIG AMERICA CONFERENCE:
FOOTBALL: Division A: UConn, Cincinnati, San Diego St., USF, Houston, Temple, UNLV/Nevada, UMass
Divison B: Rutgers, Louisville, Boise St., UCF, SMU, NavyAir Force/BYU, Memphis
Each team plays their division and their rivalry game each season for eight league games. Rivalry games are indicated by same position of opposing list (i.e. UConn-Rutgers). This combo also allows some other "rivalry combinations" to stay intact or develop, like Rutgers-Louisville, UConn-UMass, Air Force-Navy, Boise-Air Force, Memphis-UCF etc. In all other sports, the pod system of 4 divisions with 6 teams means there are 5 more natural geographically fit teams in everyone's division, cutting down travel costs. So, for instance, for basketball, the league could go with an 18-game regular season schedule, playing divisional opponents in home and aways, and then 8 rotating games against teams in other divisions.
BASKETBALL EAST: UConn, UMass, Rutgers, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall
NORTH: Temple, Villanova, Cincinnati, Marquette, DePaul, Notre Dame
SOUTH: USF, UCF, Memphis, Louisville, Georgetown, Navy
WEST: San Diego St., Boise St., Air Force/BYU, UNLV/Nevada Houston, SMU
Rjglassett writes: I think it has to be East West -- you can't have SDSU and BSU crossing 3 times zones more than 1 time a season. Otherwise they will lose out competitively to the other schools (too large a disadvantage).
MikeW4811 writes: When I look at all of the suggestions I see one problem. Everyone seems to be thinking who should play who. One factor is left out, and that is team travel expenses. Of all the suggestions only the original East-West seems to balance travel expenses among all the schools. Who plays who will balance out on its own. If travel expenses get to high a school would be inclined to go somewhere else.
Newman8455 writes: My gut tells me Cinci and Ville should be in the same division, but my brain tells me it would be awesome to see them in every championship game the next few years.
NYMShakedown420 writes: You gotta find a way to keep Louisville, Cincinnati, and Memphis together.