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Report: Big East has ‘reached out’ to Fresno State, UNLV

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The BIG EAST is like Taylor Swift.

Sure, the BIG EAST was cute once, but it can’t keep a partner for more than a few months because once in a committed relationship — or, for this analogy, when a school agrees to become a partial or full member subject to an exit fee — that significant other realizes the BIG EAST is insane and wants to spend every waking moment together and get married and have babies but wait it doesn’t have a lucrative TV deal and oh God what have I done I think we should see other people, maybe?

So, the BIG EAST writes a radio-friendly lament (re: lawsuit) and moves on to someone else because it has the attention span of SHINY THINGS! 

(Also, it needs inventory. Like, real bad.)

In this case, BIG EAST  commissioner Mike Aresco has “reached out” to Fresno State and UNLV, according to a report from CBSSportsDennis Dodd. There have also reportedly been “informal conversations” between the BIG EAST and BYU, a second-year football Independent. Because the Big East is losing a sizable chunk of its basketball programs that are actually worth anything, the need to beef up its football brand is even more pressing. From Dodd’s report:

“Aresco is aggressively trying to assemble a group of football-playing schools to keep under the Big East banner. The problem: Uncertainty on all fronts. The Big East doesn’t how – or even if – it will proceed in football. The 10-team Mountain West hasn’t made a move to expand because of its uncertainty in its TV contract with CBS. The 10-year contract runs through the 2015 season, paying what is believed to be $8-$12 million per year. However one source said conference schools are hoping to gain control of some second- and third-rights (or games).

The BIG EAST has put an extra emphasis on combining programs in sizable markets (Houston, San Diego, etc) and with solid reputations (Boise State, ECU), hoping and praying the glue holds long enough for the product to be packaged with a giant red bow.

Right now, BIG EAST football isn’t a real desirable gift because of all the uncertainty. But, dammit, they’re trying.

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24 Responses to “Report: Big East has ‘reached out’ to Fresno State, UNLV”
  1. timh1955 says: Dec 19, 2012 7:45 PM

    The Big East is a total joke now in regards to football.

  2. soundsofsuccess7 says: Dec 19, 2012 7:47 PM

    big east football has nothing to do with the east. at all.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 19, 2012 7:50 PM

    The word in my area of the country is that the reason the Catholic basketball universities exited the Big East was that Tulane joined. Now the Big East is reaching out to Mountain time zone universities and Pacific? They are working it hard. They will not die peaceably. Apparently, they are doing what they can, but a name change will probably be necessary.

  4. BrownsTown says: Dec 19, 2012 7:52 PM

    I just took the lead in the ‘Guess Which Writer Wrote This Article Based on the First Paragraph’ standings. The rest of y’all better step it up!

    Not that there’s anything wrong with Taylor Swift analogies.

  5. lsuzilla says: Dec 19, 2012 7:57 PM

    Hey Ben, can you lay off the awful attempts to be funny and just report on college football news?

  6. lsuzilla says: Dec 19, 2012 7:59 PM

    alligatorsnapper says:
    Dec 19, 2012 7:50 PM
    The word in my area of the country is that the reason the Catholic basketball universities exited the Big East was that Tulane joined.
    Tulane is suddenly anti-Catholic?

  7. mshassen2015 says: Dec 19, 2012 8:38 PM

    these teams are pretty far west maybe the big east will have a western division

  8. balfe13 says: Dec 19, 2012 8:59 PM

    How dare you disparage Taylor Swift! Wait, did I just say that out loud?….

  9. thefiesty1 says: Dec 19, 2012 9:01 PM

    Grasping at straws! The Big Least is DONE.

  10. raysfan1 says: Dec 19, 2012 9:12 PM

    With the “Catholic 7” schools gone, the Big East is no longer a strong basketball conference. With no guaranteed tie in to the big boy bowls starting in 2 years, they will effectively be a mid-major in football too. Their TV deal is going to be a lot worse than they hoped. Frankly, I think BSU and SDSU should go back to the Mountain West and that the Big East is now in no way superior to the Mountain West.

  11. effjohntaylornorelation says: Dec 19, 2012 10:28 PM

    Love your humor, Ben! Who hasn’t the Big East reached out to!

  12. bozosforall says: Dec 20, 2012 12:09 AM

    More like, who hasn’t the Big East given a reach around?

  13. sparty0n says: Dec 20, 2012 7:10 AM

    Big East’s only hope may be to bring the Sun Belt and Mountain West together with the remaining BE teams and make one 24 team “super-conference” that spans the country.

    Notice I said “super-conference”. Just because it would be big doesnt make it relevant.

  14. florida727 says: Dec 20, 2012 9:18 AM

    Remember when conference names used to give you an indication of where the member schools were geographically? SOUTHEASTERN conference. ATLANTIC COAST conference. MOUNTAIN WEST conference. PACIFIC COAST conference. BIG SKY conference. SUN BELT conference. It used to make so much sense. Now? Oh well…

  15. dmcgrann says: Dec 20, 2012 9:36 AM

    Well, I suppose that the Horizon Conference is still geographically accurate, because there’s a horizon everywhere.

  16. immafubared says: Dec 20, 2012 11:37 AM

    I apologize for my total stupidity. I was very very incorrect. I thought UNLV and Fresno were like on the West Coast, how foolish of me.
    I mean only a fool like me would think, the big east is east, why would you want teams from the west with the travel costs, logistics etc.
    Apparently the UNLV and Fresno state teams they are looking at must be in Virginia, or the Carolina’s.

  17. fcmlefty1 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:11 PM

    Don’t get hung up on the Big East name. Its going to get sold to the Catholic 7 as part of the severance package.

    And thats fine – the Big East brand is now toxic in football circles. It still holds clout in basketball circles. Makes sense to just have the basketball schools keep it.

    They’ll come up with a new brand name for the football schools that form the conference. I’m sure it’ll take into account the coast to coast presence.

    This new conference will be the #6 conference in football. Perception wise, they’ll be behind the Big 5, but in reality, they probably won’t really be that far behind the ACC. Its champion will quite often be the team that gets the Access Bowl slot every year.

    For years, we’ve wanted the best non-BCS teams to at least play each other to figure out who the best one is. Now we are going to have that essentially, and people bitch about it. I don’t get that.

  18. unclemoobaa1911 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:11 PM

    Rutgers says to the big east…….”we are never ever ever getting back together!!!!”

  19. imaduffer says: Dec 20, 2012 1:05 PM

    The Catholic 7, will there be a Pope Division and Bishop Division? Also, will they have a Kiss the Ring of Honor for their star players?

  20. niubears says: Dec 20, 2012 1:07 PM

    Honestly, it’s not a terrible football conference if you think about it. Nothing like it was before, but if all the teams remain intact, it’s not terrible. Add a couple of the top tier MAC teams – NIU & Toledo – and that will make it even better. But it can only work as a football conference. No way all those teams will travel cross country for Olympic sports.

  21. timh1955 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:40 AM


    It IS a terrible conference and I don’t consider NIU or Toledo as top tier teams by any stretch of the imagination! But then the Big East is on the level of the MWC, MAC and the WAC which are all pathetic conferences that no one gives a flip about other than the weak schools in the conferences.

  22. pdubskidaman says: Dec 21, 2012 11:51 AM

    The Big East is the real ” Conference USA ” now.

  23. fcmlefty1 says: Dec 21, 2012 5:23 PM

    Pete Thamel just tweeted that he’s heard from 3 seperate sources that Boise’s departure from the Big East is inevitable. Oh boy, here we go…..

  24. timh1955 says: Dec 21, 2012 5:37 PM


    I don’t blame Boise State for leaving the Big East. It’s a dead conference. My question is where are they going to go? Will the stay in the MWC? I think they should form a new conference and call it the Big West. It’s got to be a better conference than the Big East and the MWC.

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