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Old 09-19-2011, 05:43 AM
 
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The PAC 12 will soon be the PAC 16, the ACC will soon more than likely have 16 teams as well. Both the Big 12 and Big East have taken a hit which will probably lead to a merger with other conferences or acquisition one way or the other. What are your predictions for how it will shake out? Here's mine:

Notre Dame, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Iowa State join the Big 10

Texas A&M goes to the SEC

Baylor goes to Conference USA

The remaining Big East Division I football members (Cincinnati, Louisville, South Florida and West Virginia) join Conference USA or.... maybe the SEC???
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:16 AM
 
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I think what we will see is conferences merging to stay competitive. There are already talks of the Big East merging with the Big 12 due to the number of schools leaving the Big East. Two more schools are likely to leave the Big East for the ACC and UConn will be one of them. There will likely be four super conferences before its all over. The ACC was smart to move first because Sunday's actions will lead to the ACC being the top conference in the United States. There is a lot of history and prestige with the ACC which was founded in 1953 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The headquarters remains there today where the 23,500 seat Greensboro Coliseum arena hosts more ACC Basketball tournaments than any other arena on the rotation. The ACC was the first conference in the country to start having basketball tournaments. The ACC is also the only big conference with its own hall of fame which is located in Greensboro. (see link below) The ACC Hall of Champions is a part of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

http://www.acchallofchampions.net/

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Old 09-19-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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I think what we will see is conferences merging to stay competitive. There are already talks of the Big East merging with the Big 12 due to the number of schools leaving the Big East. Two more schools are likely to leave the Big East for the ACC and UConn will be one of them. There will likely be four super conferences before its all over. The ACC was smart to move first because Sunday's actions will lead to the ACC being the top conference in the United States. There is a lot of history and prestige with the ACC which was founded in 1953 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The headquarters remains there today where the 23,500 seat Greensboro Coliseum arena hosts more ACC Basketball tournaments than any other arena on the rotation. The ACC was the first conference in the country to start having basketball tournaments. The ACC is also the only big conference with its own hall of fame which is located in Greensboro. (see link below) The ACC Hall of Champions is a part of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

http://www.acchallofchampions.net/
It's pretty doubtful a Big East-Big 12 merger would occur given the geography involved and travel expenses required to upkeep schedules. In my opinion Conference USA is sitting pretty in terms of having a roster of well-established, centrally located member schools that the castoffs from the Big East and Big 12 could easily meld with.
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