If it’s true that the Big East is in conversations with some of the betrayed members of the Big 12 Conference, there are some exciting times ahead for University of Louisville fans.

One can easily identify with playing schools like Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Iowa State on a regular basis. Why not go ahead and go after Utah and Brigham Young while we’re at it. All of these options are good to great, all competitive in football and basketball, and probably in the non-revenue sports as well.

Go ahead and let Rutgers and Syracuse go wherever. Good riddance to the unfaithful, the starry-eyed wannabes, the annointed prima donnas.

Dump the basketball-only schools. They should be happy with the singular focus on what the college sports world has deemed to be a secondary sport. Football is king. Long live the king.

Add East Carolina and Memphis, or Southern Miss. Let them join the big boys. They will contribute.

What one would have would be a great collection of schools happy to be together, ready to build toward a collective future.

Do it.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “Go West Big East”
  1. Get over East Carolina and Southern Miss. If the Big East is able to add Kansas, K State, Mizzou, and Iowa State, then the league immediately has 12 teams for football and 20 for basketball. It would be in a very strong position to survive the exit of two teams to the Big 10. If the ACC should lose teams to the SEC and/or the Big 10, then the Big East might well be in a position to take a team or two from the remaining ACC, rather than the other way around. If they get those Big 12 teams, they should just sit back and wait. And they should absolutely hang on to Nova and Georgetown.

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