The Big East is on fire and it seems to be every team for themselves as the conference moves forward. In recent years the Big East has seen the evacuation of many teams, while outsiders have watched the conference crumble hit after hit.
Earlier this year it was announced that Louisville and Rutgers would be leaving for the ACC and Big-10, respectively. It was also brought to light that the seven non-football Catholic schools were also saying good-bye to the conference, leaving the Big East with few teams to contend with in the basketball arena in 2013.
Now it has been announced that the 12 teams that were to make up the football landscape next year for the league, have already been dwindled down to 11 and possibly 10 before the college football season kicks off in 2013. News broke earlier in the week that Boise State will no longer make the jump to the Big East as originally planned for the new season.
The Broncos will stay with the Mountain West Conference moving forward, in light of uncertainty in the future of their new conference. With the announcement coming out of Idaho, it is now speculated that San Diego will follow suite and rejoin the MWC, instead of making the move to the East as well.
If San Diego does follow Boise State, as of the 2014 season, the Big East would only boast 8 teams in football to start the 2014 season. The only way the conference can stay afloat is if they were to pick up other competitive teams looking for a new home. However, with the current teams scrambling to escape before they are crushed under flailing conference, the appeal is not there for even the smallest of schools to make the leap.
There have been talks for the past year of the Big East disappearing in the next two years. Could it be happening sooner than we think? And will Cincinnati escape in time?