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|3 years 51 weeks ago||Don't Count the Big East Out||
This article gives short shritft to the Big East. The fact is that the Big East is loaded with fine institutions, and the potential in football is enormous. This article reads as though the college world is static, and unless you're in a "power" conference, you're on the outside looking in. The reality is that the world is changing.
The Big East is a power conference. Get used to it. The Big East will provide an excellent platform for success for multiple teams. Overlooking the Big East is like the "cool kids" overlooking the kids who end up outshining them at the high school reunion. Right now, four teams from the reconfigured Big East are in the top 25. The ACC can't say that.
And there are plenty of schools who could be future Big East members. Take Stony Brook for example. I know, you laugh. Don't. Stony Brook started in about 1955 with about 350 students. It now has about 25,000. It is a large state university and is squarely in the NYC/Long Island market, a market that has Rutgers and Syracuse looking into from the outside.
Despite it's humble beginnings, Stony Brook is a member of the AAU. This is the same AAU that booted out Nebraska. It is also the same AAU that Syracuse withdrew from, rather than be booted out of. And a majority of SEC, Big 12, ACC, and PAC12 teams also do not qualify for membership in the AAU.
The point? If, in a relatively short time, Stony Brook can surpass Nebraska and Syracuse, and a majority of "power conference" teams in academics, Stony Brook certainly can do it in football. If you look at the history of Stony Brook football, its not hard to imagine. The world is changing, and college football will change with it.
Stony Brook is not on anyone's radar. The fact is that in ten or twenty years the top-25 will likely consist of lots of schools that aren't on anyone's radar. One of these days, your elitist, "you can't sit at the cool kids' table," attitude is going to be in for a rude awakening, just like Michigan after the Appalac ian State game. This year, just ask Arkansas, Penn State, Georgia Tech, and a host of others. Next year, ask anyone who thinks that the Big East is not a "power" conference. They too will be in for a surprise.