Right before your eyes is a Big East Tsunami. You see the destruction and feel helpless to stop it.
It is being driven by waves of greed.
America’s greatest college basketball conference has been destroyed, and before it’s over there might not even be a mediocre football league at which to throw darts.
The USF football program is half under water, and we are not talking about Skip Holtz’s inability to stop opposing offenses or cut down on penalties.
No one is talking at USF. You hope the people in charge have a plan, but every day it becomes harder to believe.
Doug Woolard, the school’s athletic director, was out of town Wednesday, and you pray he was in Boise or Annapolis or Dallas trying to find a respirator.
West Virginia thought it became the third football program to jump the Big East ship following Syracuse and Pittsburgh, but the Mountaineers’ foot got stuck in the door. Louisville might now be ahead.
If they both depart, that would leave USF, Cincinnati, Rutgers and Connecticut as the only football playing members left in the Big East.
Can you hear them laughing in the Mountain West Conference.
If you are cynical, your day might have been made when West Virginia was told by the Big 12 that it might not invite the Mountaineers after all.
It would bring a much-needed laugh to the remaining foursome if West Virginia has to come crawling back and beg for forgiveness.
The airlines must love every minute of this realignment chaos. They stand to make a ton of money as athletic teams fly cross country, all in the name of football, while family members follow them.
The collateral damage is enormous, but no one seems to notice, which usually happens when panic has set in.
Published reports said the Big 12 distributed $139 million in 2010 to its members from a football TV deal with Fox. In comparison, the Big East distributed $113 million and still has a new TV deal to negotiate that will take effect in 2013.
The Big East could get a better TV deal if its teams stuck together and Boise St., BYU and others joined.
But the problem with the Big East has always been with the non-football playing schools, and maybe it’s time to end that relationship.
What is West Virginia looking at that would cause it to stop playing schools in the East, which have been longtime rivals, to join a based Midwest-oriented conference.
The Big 12 had plans to announce West Virginia as its newest member Wednesday, but canceled them amid reports it might want Louisville instead.
The New York Times reported U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky lobbied for Louisville to get into the Big 12 and stalled the WVU movement.
Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino is calling for the Big East to go after Memphis and Temple. What does he do if Louisville leaves?
We don’t know who is steering the ship, only that everyone is hanging onto the rails.
Villanova doesn’t want Temple because it doesn’t want to share the Philadelphia market. The Wildcats’ FCS (I-AA) football program is miserable this year, so just kick them out. Temple, a former Big East football member, is a program back on the rise.
Get Boise State, Navy, Air Force, UCF, SMU, Houston and throw in Temple and Memphis and there are enough points to keep the Big East a BCS conference at the next evaluation period.
Big East Commissioner John Marinatto keeps telling everyone he is going to invite all these teams and never does. He holds press conferences during which nobody says anything new.
Welcome to the new Big East or whatever’s left of it.
Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 745-2112.