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Brett McMurphy's horrible track record


Brett McMurphy from CBS Sports has a track record of being consistently wrong about pretty much everything Big East - whether it's parroting the talking points of disgraced commissioner John Marinatto, or repeating ludicrous lies that Boise State was poised to stay in the Mountain West. McMurphy's latest disaster of an article speculates that the Big East next media deal will be flat. Even though it was already below market value in 2005 once the Big East proved that it wasn't total crap after the first ACC raid. Yes, the Big East lost a ton in basketball - it doesn't matter at all for television revenue, considering the conference is a lot better in football. This article might as well be a press release from ESPN. No, one can never predict who will leave the conference. If the lineup stays the same though, McMurphy will once again to be proven an unquestioning mouthpiece with no willingness at all to vet his biased sources.

Big East/Marinatto lies continue


The above story from Brett McMurphy is just pathetic in the way that the quoted sources are blatantly lying. The Big East would have been fine if everyone would have just gone along with Marinatto's below-market value ESPN deal? That's like saying everything would have been fine if everyone just kept kissing Providence's ass, which is exactly what history's greatest monster, Mike Tranghese, thinks we all should have kept doing. It's 100% true that John Marinatto, inept and bumbling as he was, was merely intended to be a tool for the likes of Providence. How does that make him in anyway a sympathetic figure? He got exactly what he deserved, and so did the Big East for that matter! The guy was given a first and goal and was tackled for a safety. The question becomes though, why did the basketball schools finally dismiss their puppet who so faithfully did their bidding? Maybe because the writing is on the wall, and they knew that a loser like Marinatto wasn't capable of negotiating with the likes of ESPN and NBC Sports. Still, just because they realized the error of that mistake three years too late doesn't mean that they will suddenly go for a man of vision like Tim Pernetti as the next commissioner. The problem with the Big East is the dead weight, and the likes of Providence won't like hearing that they are the problem holding the Big East back. They are not going to go from the single-least qualified person for the job in Marinatto to the single-most qualified candidate in Tim Pernetti. That's not their style, and the only reason that the possibility is even being contemplated today was because jettisoning the feeble Marinatto was so out of character to begin with. No, the same idiots who got us in to this mess will never accept Pernetti as commissioner. With any luck though, he will be in charge of negotiating the next conference television deal, if not finding the next league commissioner. Of course, if they had only listened to him a year ago in expanding aggressively, dumping Marinatto, telling Villanova football to get lost, and taking a hard line with ESPN, then the Big East would be in a position of strength today rather than fighting for its life.

The Big East adding Memphis would be an unmitigated disaster


The Providence media (who else) started leaking these rumors recently, and now Brett McMurphy from CBS, who is close with John Marinatto, is now taking the rumors public? My response? Wait for Tom Luicci to confirm. As we saw with the Villanova rumors, what Providence wants does not always come to pass, because the Big East football teams can choose who they want to play against. Memphis would need 75% of the Big East football teams to agree before they join for football. Memphis, of course, is horrible at football, and has not been anywhere close to respectable over the past few years. The only way this remotely makes sense is if FedEx doubled their initial offer. For now, fans of competitive Big East football just need to hope that the dolts in Providence are trying to force their will on everyone else through the media again, and that the smart athletic directors like Tim Pernetti are trying to hold their ground. Pretty much, let's see what the Rutgers leaks are over the next few days. If Luicci are Sargeant say this is a done deal, THEN we're screwed. until then, there is still a flicker of hope. Update: and McMurphy says it's done.

The Big East's lawsuit against West Virginia


It's not too interesting on the surface, but the main revelation is that the attached bylaws confirm previous media reports that the Big East needs a 75% majority on all votes. Big East football is also treated as a separate entity for football votes.

West Virginia leaving for Big XII


Now the Big East conference is officially in its death throes. It's hard to feel any anger towards West Virginia over the move, just envy. Rutgers, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh led the fight over the summer to drag the Big East kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century. John Marinatto and co. responded by saying, "no thanks, we're good. By the way, you have to add Villanova or else." The Big East made its intentions loud and clear, which is why its basketball conference will soon be nothing more than a glorified Atlantic 10. Football rules college athletics, and any party unable or unwilling to acknowledge that will inevitably be trampled. Now the next domino in the ongoing reshuffling is Notre Dame, which conceivably could go to the Big XII, Big Ten, or ACC. Once they decide, the Big East formally dies, and any remaining Big East football schools learn their ultimate fate. Update: here's Mark Blaudschun talking up Notre Dame joining the ACC for everything but football, and UConn being #16. This scenario does not jibe with the ACC's public comments against federated membership and unequal revenue sharing.

Rick Pitino says Navy and Air Force will join the Big East


For football only. See the link and scroll down. We really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, need to get out of this conference before it disintegrates. Well, for what it's worth, Navy seems open to the idea.

No one's happy with Andrea Adelson


One of the issues inherent with ranking eight teams on a variety of criteria is that it is inevitable, most likely, that fans of the seven teams not ranked #1 are going to be unhappy. (Spoiler alert: UConn is going to be far and away the worst football team in the Big East this year.) Which is fine. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, especially when it comes to content that mainly exists to fill a summer void. The very idea with these rankings may be to spur discussion, but getting too worked up over them is silly, with Syracuse fans working themselves into a tizzy over Adelson's supposed deep-seated bias against the Orange. Wait, what? Hasn't she been overly generous in ranking their position groups? Didn't she just say that Syracuse was New York City's team because of their historical success, despite the fact that their football team has turned into a non-entity in the region? That constitutes anti-Syracuse bias? Really? How can any fan have enough free time to worry about something like that? That being said, Rutgers football is a pretty safe bet for eight total wins/four conference wins this fall, and everybody who doesn't agree with that statement is clearly wrong.

Are Temple and Villanova telling recruits that they'll join the Big East?


So sayeth Temple blog Temple Football Forever, with Villanova blog VUHoops digging up similar quotes on their end. That's one way to explain why Temple already has so many verbal commitments for 2012. Of course, these stories are hardly good evidence that either program is joining the Big East. Rather, it's merely evidence that the Temple and Villanova staffs are telling recruits that they are joining the Big East. UCF has been puling the same stunt for years. Most prospects are not that gullible, but UCF's recent history shows that the odd few clearly are.

Villanova voting on football upgrade Tuesday


VUhoops reported several details earlier in the week about the planned Board of Trustees vote on upgrading Villanova's football program to the FBS level, and eventually joining the Big East for football. It remains unclear what role the Big East conference and football member schools will have over the looming vote. With any luck the move will not happen. Villanova will have to spend millions upgrading its facilities and adding scholarships. They are a small private university. Can they really undertake this upgrade without expecting a heavy financial subsidy from a football conference already reeling on that front? Does anyone expect any additional television revenues to make up the difference there? With the Big East football conference struggling for respect and credibility, is adding a FCS program years away from being competitive really the ideal solution here? How in any way, shape, or form is it a good idea to add a team that wants to play its games in a 18,500 seat soccer stadium? Tim Pernetti and his fellow athletic directors at the Big East's all-sports programs should do everything in their power to prevent Villanova joining for football. Update: this article from Rivals now appears to be unlocked.

Our protracted regional nightmare may soon be reaching a conclusion


I originally clicked that link to find out what was going on right now at Pitt, and I stayed to read a journalist finally name a candidate for the soon-to-be-vacant Rutgers offensive coordinator job. Update: now John McNulty appears to be the favorite at Miami, although with an odd twist that you might not expect.

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