Big East and Sun Belt -- Sun Beast? -- expansion! Catch the excitement!
Boise State is in talks with the Mountain West Conference about the Broncos staying in the conference instead of leaving for the Big East in 2013, according to an ESPN report.
According to an ESPN report, the group of Catholic schools in the Big East -- Villanova, Georgetown, St. John's, Marquette, Seton Hall, Providence and DePaul -- are close to splitting away from the football members.
Immutable law of conference realignment: If you are, or were at any point of time, a member of Conference USA, there's a reasonable expectation that you'll find your way into the Big East.
But the bigger issue hasn’t changed much for the Pirates, who have more fans and generally more football success than any of their peers but can’t make an upgrade in conference status.
The ACC and Big East don’t think ECU has enough of a television market base to justify getting a bid.
If traditional athletic logic carried any weight, the Pirates long ago would have been in the ACC or the Big East.
But since conference leaders in the ACC and Big East care more about annexing television markets than programs and fan bases with true regional athletic substance, the Pirates can’t catch a break.
On Tuesday night, the University of Missouri curators voted to authorize chancellor Brady Deaton to "explore" Mizzou's athletic conference affiliation, which may set off yet another round of conference expansion.