The equivalent of an atom bomb was dropped in the Big East offices today, and the fallout may resonate for years to come.
If you are a Catholic College with a good basketball program in the East today, you are officially hunting for a new home. The question is, do you go hunting with your friends and risk someone pulling a Dick Cheney on you, or do you go hunting alone and face the harsh reality that is now the world of College Sports?
DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova are now nomads. After voting, as a group, to leave the Big East, they are now effectively homeless, at least conference affiliation-wise. Are there options? Plenty of them. Are they good? Some could be. Some could signal the death of those schools who cannot offer something of value to the existing conferences in some way. And what of the remaining Big East schools? Will Louisville be allowed to leave earlier than planned? Will the ACC welcome them a year early with open arms?
What of Cincinnati? UConn, South Florida and their new Head Coach Willie Taggert? Temple? And the RPI Down trodden Tulane? Houston, SMU, Memphis, UCF, Boise State and San Diego State in 2013, the aforementioned Tulane and East Carolina in 2014 and Navy in 2015.
Houston, SMU, Memphis, UCF and Tulane will be full Big East members; Boise State, San Diego State, East Carolina and Navy will be football-only members.
Or will the Catholic coalition join up with Xavier, Saint Louis, Dayton, Creighton, Gonzaga and Saint Mary's, and create a new Catholic Super Conference? It would possibly wipe out the A-10, and become one that would exist in basketball only.
How will all of this shake out? And are there any gems waiting to be plucked from the wreckage of the Big East and the possible wreckage that new alignment might cause on the other conferences?
Are any of these teams SEC worthy? What would they bring to the toughest Football conference in the land? These questions are going to start flooding the internet and ESPN, CBS, NBC, and anyone else who thinks they know anything about how this will all align. One thing is for sure? It's a cold cruel world out there, and when things get their craziest, that's usually when something interesting starts to happen.