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The rise and fall of the Big East

From the Big East getting three one seeds in the NCAA Tournament to TCU being a bowl buster during the era of the BCS,the Big East was that conference that challenged all of the major conference teams.But to look at the fall of the greatest basketball conference ever,we have to take a look at the history of the conference.

Founding:The early years
In 1979 new scheduling requirements meant that independent schools Providence,St. John’s,Syracuse,and Georgetown met to discuss a potential founding of a conference centered in the northeast.Other schools invited were Seton Hall,Holy Cross,Rutgers,Connecticut,and Boston College with Rutgers and Holy Cross declining to join.Villanova joined a year later in 1980 and three years later Pittsburgh joined in 1982.In 1982,Penn State applied for membership but was denied after only five out of eight schools accepted (they needed six out of eight).

Football Expansion
A decade after the conference’s founding,Big East members decided to become a major football conference.Thus they added five schools including Rutgers, Miami, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. Miami was the only full time member immediately but Rutgers became a full member in 1995-96 and Notre Dame became a non-football member that same year.Virginia Tech became a full member in 2000-01 and Temple,a football only member until 2004, was forced out of the conference for many reasons including inadequate facilities,and playing success.

Turmoil and Realignment
The unusual structure of “football” and “non-football” schools led to turmoil within the conference. In 2003, the ongoing reports of tensions between the football schools and the basketball-only schools finally exploded into a months-long public tug-of-war between the Big East and the Atlantic Coast Conference over several Big East members. The end result was that three Big East schools:Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College—moved to the ACC, while five schools moved to the Big East from Conference USA—Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, Marquette, and DePaul.

The addition of the three football schools, along with Big East non-football member Connecticut moving up to the Big East football conference, ensured that the league would keep the minimum eight teams needed to keep its BCS bid.DePaul and Marquette, were added to get the Milwaukee and Chicago television markets and add two good basketball programs to an already great basketball conference.

In 2010, Texas Christian University accepted an invitation to join the conference as an all-sports member beginning in the 2012–13 academic year.Big East schools compete in Division I. Most of the football-playing schools play in Division I FBS, while Georgetown and Villanova have Division I FCS (formerly I-AA) football programs. Georgetown football competes in the Patriot League. Villanova has competed in the Colonial Athletic Association football conference since 1988, dating back to its time as a completely separate conference known as the Yankee Conference, which merged with the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1997, then in 2007 the CAA took over management of the A-10 football conference (which happened after Northeastern University joined the CAA in 2005, giving them the six football-playing members needed to start sponsoring football, which was eventually dropped by Northeastern after 2009). In September 2010, in the wake of a Division I realignment that affected a number of conferences around the country, the Big East asked Villanova to consider becoming a football member. The school once considered the offer, which required the school to substantially expand its football budget, as well as expand its stadium to meet FBS requirements or find another suitable venue in the Philadelphia area.[16] Villanova presented a plan to the Big East football members on April 10, 2011, which included the use of PPL Park as a football stadium, but the league declined to schedule a vote to offer membership on the objections of Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Rutgers to the plan. On September 17, 2011 Syracuse, a charter member of the conference, and Pittsburgh announced that they would be leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference.Both schools originally intended to fulfill their commitment to the 27-month waiting period. TCU also reversed its decision and accepted an invitation from the Big 12 Conference to move there.

and countersuits were launched by the school and conference. Eventually, a settlement was reached with allowed West Virginia’s departure for 2012 in exchange for sizable compensation.Syracuse and Pittsburgh then used the acquiescence of the Big East to West Virginia’s departure to challenge the validity of their own commitment, and the Big East agreed to a settlement with both schools in July 2012 to allow their departure for the 2013 academic year.

In December, after the 2011 football regular season was completed announcements were made that Boise State University and San Diego State University, both of the Mountain West Conference, would join the Big East in football only; and that Conference USA members University of Central Florida, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Houston would join in all sports for the 2013 academic year.

On January 24, 2012, the Navy Midshipmen accepted an invitation to join the Big East for football only starting in 2015.On February 9, 2012, the Big East invited the University of Memphis to join as a full member in all sports to begin play in 2013.On March 7, 2012, it was announced that Temple University would return to the conference for football in the 2012 season, filling the void left by West Virginia. Temple would join for all sports in 2013. Temple basketball would move over from the Atlantic 10 Conference, where they have been a perennial powerhouse.On August 29, 2012, Loyola and the Patriot League announced that all Loyola athletic teams, including the school’s Big East team in women’s lacrosse, would join that conference on July 1, 2013.On September 12, 2012, Notre Dame announced it would follow Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC, joining that league in all sports except football. Notre Dame and the Big East reached agreement on March 13, 2013; the exit took place July 1, 2013.

On November 20, 2012, Rutgers announced it would be leaving the Big East to join the Big Ten Conference as a full member, effective with the start of the 2014–15 academic year.Rutgers’ announcement came one day after the University of Maryland departed the ACC to join the Big Ten.One week later, on November 27, Tulane University accepted the Big East’s invitation to join as an all-sports member. East Carolina University’s football program also joined the Big East in 2014; both schools were previously with Conference USA.The following day the ACC voted to invite Louisville to join in 2014, making them the seventh school since 2004 to leave the Big East in favor of the ACC.On March 27, 2013, East Carolina’s future membership in the renamed conference was officially upgraded to all-sports membership.

Conference split
New Big East
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Less than two weeks after Louisville announced its departure for the ACC, multiple media reports indicated that the Big East’s seven remaining non-FBS schools, all Catholic institutions, were considering a mass exit from the conference.By December 13, it was likely that the non-FBS schools would indeed leave to form a new conference,and on December 15, the seven schools (soon to be called the Catholic 7 by the media) made their departure official, effective with the 2015–16 school year.Many details remained to be worked out, with one major issue being whether the “Big East” name would stay with the FBS schools.

On December 31, Boise State announced they had decided to stay in the Mountain West conference, leaving the Big East, much like TCU, without ever playing a game in it. With Boise State staying in the Mountain West, it was noted that San Diego State would indeed try to rejoin the Mountain West as well.On January 16, 2013, reports surfaced that SDSU would indeed stay in the Mountain West. Rumors of the MWC looking at potentially adding Houston and SMU as its 13th and 14th football members, both of which had stated they would join the Big East in 2013, continued to circulate as well.

In February 2013, multiple media reports indicated that the Catholic 7 would depart in July 2013, two years earlier than originally planned. On March 5, the Associated Press reported tentative details of a financial agreement: In exchange for selling both the Big East name and a contract with Madison Square Garden (MSG) to host the men’s basketball tournament to the Catholic 7, as well as $10 million, the football schools would receive $100 million of a $110 million pool that had accumulated from entry fees, exit fees, and proceeds earned from appearances in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.On April 3, the football-playing schools, which retained the old Big East’s structure and its automatic BCS bid, announced they would operate as the American Athletic Conference starting on July 1.

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Arkansas Razorbacks,Dallas Cowboys Weekly Review 10:Arkansas womens basketball in SEC Tournament Championship

Arkansas womens’ Basketball has become the lowest seed ever in the SEC Tournament (10 Seed) to make the SEC Tournament Championship game.The hogs will face Mississippi State,the number one seed in the SEC Tournament,who has made the SEC Tournament Championship for four straight years but have not won an SEC Tournament Championship yet.Jailyn Mason led the team with fifteen points in the win over three seed Texas A&M and a win previously over two seed South Carolina,snapping their streak of four straight SEC Tournament titles.

Arkansas men’s basketball is on a three game winning streak including a one-point win over Ole Miss,a thirty-six point win over Vanderbilt,and a twelve point win over Alabama (who was in the NCAA Tournament enter Saturday, after loss to Arkansas out of tournament according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi).The Arkansas-Alabama winner got the nine seed in the SEC Tournament (which was Arkansas), and Alabama fell to the ten seed after the loss.The 2019 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played in Nashville,Tennessee again from March 13-17.

Former Texas A&M QB Nick Starkel has chosen to transfer to Arkansas.He has two more years of elgibility.

The Arkansas women’s track and field team won their second national championship on Saturday.

The Dallas Cowboys have rewored a deal with Linebacker Sean Lee,where he will get $3.5 million in his final year of his contract instead of the $7 million he was going to get instead.Dallas Cowboys Defensive Lineman David Irving quit the NFL because of marijuana.

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Arkansas Razorbacks,Dallas Cowboys Weekly Review 9:Arkansas stuns Ole Miss to snap six game losing streak

Led by Mason Jones’s twenty-two points on six for eight shooting from behind the arc,Arkansas snapped its six game losing streak.Arkansas honored the 1994 National Championship team for its twnty-fifth year anniversary as well.

As I said in an earlier post,former Dallas Cowboys Tight End Jason Witten will be leaving the Monday Night Football booth to return to the Cowboys.

The Diamond Hogs finished a sweep of Stony Brook on Saturday,with a 15-7 win on Saturday with two home runs.

Former Arkansas Razorbacks Running Back and Baltimore Ravens Running Back Alex Collins has been released by the team because of use of marijuana and therefore wrecking his car into a tree.Collins was released on Friday afternoon.

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SEC Final Class Rankings 2019

()=Overall class rank according to ESPN

1.(1) Alabama
Top three signed recruits (according to ESPN)
4.Evan Neal Bradenton,FL (IMG Academy) OT
7.Pierce Quick Trussville,AL (Hewitt-Trussville) OT
16.Trey Sanders Bradenton,FL (IMG Academy) RB

2.(2) Georgia
Top three signed recruits (according to ESPN)
2.Nolan Smith Bradenton,FL (IMG Academy) DE
14.Clay Webb Oxford,AL (Oxford) Center
24.Nakobe Dean Horne Lake,MS (Horne Lake) OLB

3.(3) Texas A&M
Top three signed recruits (according to ESPN)
3.Kenyon Green Humble,TX (Atascocita) OT
41.Brian Williams Dallas,TX (Bishop Dunne) Safety
60.DeMarvin Leal Converse,TX (Judson) DT

4.(7) LSU
Top three signed recruits (according to ESPN)
11.John Emery Destrehan,LA (Destrehan) RB
18.Derek Stingley Jr. Baton Rouge,LA (The Dunham School) CB
56.Kardell Thomas Baton Rouge,LA (Southern University Lab) OG

5.(9) Florida
Top three signed recruits (according to ESPN)
59.Kaiir Elam North Palm Beach,FL (The Benjamin School) ATH
62.Keon Zipperer Lakeland,FL (Lakeland) TE
90.Arjei Henderson Richmond,TX (Travis) WR

6.(11) Tennessee
Top three signed recruits (according to ESPN)
5.Darnell Wright Huntington,WV (Huntington) OT
9.Wanya Morris Loganville,GA (Grayson) OT

7.(12) Auburn
Top three signed recruits (according to ESPN)
8.Owen Pappoe Loganville,GA (Grayson) OLB
23.Bo Nix Pinson,AL (Pinson Valley) QB
49.Keiondre Jones Hogansville,GA (Callaway) OG

8.(17) South Carolina
20.Zacch Pickens Anderson,SC (T.L. Hanna) DE
43.Jaquaze Sorrells Winter Park,FL (Winter Park) DT
66.Ryan Hillinski Orange,CA (Orange Lutheran) QB

9.(21) Ole Miss
19.Jerrion Ealy Jackson,MS (Jackson Preparatory) RB
4.Lakia Henry Vidalia,GA (Dodge City) LB (JUCO)
216.Dannis Jackson Sumrall,MS (Summral) WR

10.(23) Arkansas
52.Hudson Henry Little Rock,AR (Pulaski Academy) TE
82.Treylon Burks Warren,AR (Warren) WR
213.Devin Bush New Orleans,LA (Edna Karr) CB

11.(24) Mississippi State
78.Nathan Pickering Seminary,MS (Seminary Attendance Center) DT
84.Charles Cross Laurel,MS (Laurel Watkins Campus) OT
135.DeMonte Russell Jackson,MS (Provine) DE

12.(33) Missouri
191.Connor Bazelak Kettering,OH (Archbishop Alter) QB
284.Jalani Williams St. Louis,MO (Parkway North) Safety
Unraked.Jack Buford Chicago,IL (Luther North) OG

13.(36) Kentucky
290.Travis Tisdale Valdosta,GA (Lowndes) RB
Unraked.Jared Casey Lousville,KY (Ballard) OLB
Unranked.JJ Weaver Louisville,KY (Moore) De

14.(62) Vanderbilt
Unranked.Afernee Orji Rockwall,TX (Rockwall) OLB
Unranked.Jayden Harrison Nashville,TN (Pearl-Cohn) WR
Unranked.Christian James Memphis,TN (Christian Brothers) DE

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Arkansas Razorbacks,Dallas Cowboys Weekly Review 7:Diamond Hogs sweep first series of season

The number twleve ranked Razorbacks defeated Eastern Illinois twice in a double header on Saturday,winning game one 15-7 and game two 12-3.

Arkansas Razorbacks basketball is back to their losing ways after having leads on both Missouri and Mississippii State before losing both games.Arkansas has a 5-7 conference record now.

Jason Garrett,according to,sees “Offense taking a big step in 2019” with the hiring of Kellen Moore,a former Dallas QB,and the firing of Scott Linehan.

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Arkansas Razorbacks,Dallas Cowboys Weekly Review 6:Arkansas back to .500 in conference play

Arkansas beat Vanderbilt on Tuesday and lost to South Carolina on Saturday but are 5-5 in the SEC,a month before Selection Sunday.

The Dallas Cowboys need to retain DE DeMarcus Lawrence in the upcoming NFL Free Agency.

Many players signed with Arkansas on Wednesday including Hudson Henry,Treylon Burks,and Jalen Cantalon to finish with a top twenty-five class nationally according to ESPN.

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Former Georgia QB Justin Fields will be able to play immediately at Ohio State

QB Justin Fields will be able to play immediately at Ohio State.Fields was granted a hardship waiver.Expectations for new Head Coach Ryan Day and the Buckeyes, as Fields will most likely start with Tate Martell transferring to Miami.

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Former Texas A&M QB,Starter Nick Starkel exploring transfer options

Nick Starkel,the former starting QB of the Texas A&M Aggies will likely be leaving the program as a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility left.Starkel played sparingly behind Kellen Mond in four games this season.

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Conference Realignment 7:My SEC Realignment and what should probably happen in the next conference realignment

Just like in my Pac-12 post,we are using the pod system for the SEC.A team would play every team from their pod and would play every other team from one pod in 2019-2020 and would play the other two by 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.In the other pods that a pod wasn’t playing,they would play the teams from the other pods who finished in the same standing that they did in their pod.

**=New member

West Pod (Pod A)
1.Texas A&M (5-3) C:at.Kentucky D:Georgia
2.LSU (5-3) C:South Carolina D:at.Florida
3.Missouri (4-4) C:at.Vanderbilt D:Central Florida
4.Arkansas (0-8) C:Tennessee D:at.South Florida

Central Pod (Pod B)
1.Alabama (8-0) C:Kentucky D:at.Georgia
2.Mississippi State (4-4) C:at.South Carolina D:Florida
3.Auburn (3-5) C:Vanderbilt D:at.Central Florida
4.Ole Miss (1-7) C:at.Tennessee D:South Florida

North Pod (Pod C)
1.Kentucky (5-3) A:Texas A&M B:at.Alabama
2.South Carolina (4-4) A:at.LSU B:Mississippi State
3.Vanderbilt (3-5) A:Missouri B:at.Auburn
4.Tennessee (2-6) A:at.Arkansas B:Ole Miss

Sunshine Pod (Pod D)
1.Georgia (7-1) A:at.Texas A&M B:Alabama
2.Florida (5-3) A:LSU B:at.Mississippi State
3.Central Florida *(8-0)* A:at.Missouri B:Auburn
4.South Florida *(3-5)* A:Arkansas B:at.Ole Miss

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Week Opponent Predicted Record (W/L)
1 Georgia Tech Win 1-0 (1-0) ACC
2 Texas A&M Win 2-0 (1-0) ACC
3 at.Syracuse Win 3-0 (2-0) ACC
4 Charlotte Win 4-0 (2-0) ACC
5 at.UNC Win 5-0 (3-0) ACC
6 Bye None 5-0 (3-0) ACC
7 Florida State Win 6-0 (4-0) ACC
8 at.Louisville Win 7-0 (5-0) ACC
9 Boston College Win 8-0 (6-0) ACC
10 Wofford Win 9-0 (6-0) ACC
11 at.NC State Win 10-0 (7-0) ACC
12 Wake Forest Win 11-0 (8-0) ACC
13 Bye None 11-0 (8-0) ACC
14 South Carolina Win 12-0 (8-0) ACC