FUT Wrote:I'll say it. The New Big East DOES NOT deserve a BCS bid over CUSA. If they were just starting to hand out BCS bids the NBE would not get one (CUSA might not either). Go ahead and rub it in our faces that we got left out because you are exactly right. I for one was and still is pissed we got left out of the welfare program and I would still love to get that check for nothing every year. The problem comes when you try to convince yourself and anyone that will listen that the NBE is not just plain awful when it comes to football. There are just too many facts out there to ignore it much longer. NBE=bad football
If the BCS was just being formed today, The Big East 2005 would still have a seat at the table based on a number of factors.....
1. Media markets.....The national media will NEVER allow 1/2 of the nations population to go unrepresented in the college football national championship chase. Unlike CUSA, the Big East has a number of state universities, WVU, UCONN, Syracuse and Rutgers. CUSA is made up of commuter, metropolitan and private schools. All are good schools but none have the budgetary clout of state schools.
2. Big East Basketball.....The BCS powers that be, ABC and the ESPN Networks, know that if the Big East is shut out of football on their networks that they stand to lose broadcasting rights to the best college basketball conference ever created. Every team in the Big East has been to a Final Four except South Florida. Most have won at least one national championship at some time in their history. Remember that no team whose football team doesn't play in a BCS football conference has made it to a Final Four since the early 80's. Marquette was the last Non-BCS school to make it a couple of years ago but they are now a Big East school, of course they don't play football in Milwaukee.
3. East Coast Bias......Ask the folks on the west coast about this. The reason many west coast teams get overlooked is that the polling system is set-up for sportswriters and coaches to vote. Many times these coaches and writers send in their votes before games in the west are played. Think about it this way. With the hundreds of votes that are being placed in the major polls, how could the votes be counted by early afternoon on Sunday (mid morning on the west coast) if they didn't start counting votes early. Some west coast games don't end until after 2AM eastern time. Another advantage for the Big East.
4. Tradition......Syracuse, Pittsburgh and WVU have some of the winningest programs of all time. Add in Rutgers who put the first college football team on the field, you have a ton of tradition. In CUSA you have programs that just started playing football 15 to 20 years ago. That doesn't stack up well against Big East tradition.
These are just a few of the reason the Big East will never lose its automatic bid to CUSA or the MWC.