D.A. from the Syracuse blog Orange Fizz seems to think that the Big East has the upper hand when it comes to conference expansion:
The Big East in the Driver's Seat?
You give them too much credit
I'm an SU alum and even I don't think that the term 'in control' should be used right now to characterize the Big East.
If the Big 12 leftovers do join up with the Big East football school I have to imagine the basketball schools would just split out on their own. They would still be big and popular enough to survive/merit a tournament auto-bid, and I can't even imagine how a 20-team conference would work, even in basketball.
Baghdad Bob would be proud. The only way they are in the driver's seat is if it is in a short bus headed over a cliff.
Despite what the writer may think, you're not "in control" if you're waiting for someone else to fall apart. And you're not in control if the only reason a school joins your conference is because they can't get in anywhere else.
Any one of the ACC, SEC, and Big Ten could say boo and the Big East would collapse like a house of cards.
EDIT: This was intended as a reply to MaizeandBlueWahoo. I swear I clicked Reply.... no, really.
Your last sentence made me laugh my ass off. Maybe it's because it's 4:30 on a Friday and I'm a little slap-happy, or maybe it's because I got a quick visual of Jim Delany calling up an eager and nervous Big East commish, saying "boo," and then hanging up. Subsequent ESPN headline: "Source: Delany says boo; Big East Collapses"
Heck, if the Big East has caller ID, Delany wouldn't even have to say a word. John Marinatto would just sit there, having cold sweats and letting it ring.
also reiterated his belief that the Easter Bunny is, in fact, very real.
Yeah, this is silly. Before all of this happened they were the 6th best conference in football, and it looks like at least a couple of their teams might go elsewhere. If they get anyone to replace them, it would be a break-even move, at best.