Short-term solution

Jeff Otterbein

Hartford Courant

So much is still in flux in the ever-changing world of conference realignment. The Big East has already lost two teams, Syracuse and Pitt, to the ACC. Certainly Connecticut and Rutgers from the Big East would like to land in the ACC. The Big 12 figures to be crumbling soon as four teams, led by Texas and Oklahoma, figure to depart.


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That leaves whoever remains in the Big East and Big 12 needing each other and coming together to form a league that doesn't solve the problems of those in it. Travel will be an issue since that league would stretch so far. It still would be way behind the ACC, SEC, Pac-12 and Big Ten in status. And its members would be ripe to be cherry-picked at another time.

Sad times for the Big East and Big 12.

Bottom line: You get in this league and you have a fix, but for how long?

jotterbein@tribune.com

Think Brady Bunch

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

Think "blended family." You know, like the Brady Bunch.

If Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech leave the Big 12 for the Pac-16, look for the depleted Big East to join the depleted Big 12 to form The Leftovers.

Should Rutgers and Connecticut eventually join Pittsburgh and Syracuse in the ACC, the geographic edge goes to the Big 12. Assume Missouri becomes the SEC's 14th team. The "Mid" East might be Baylor, Kansas State, Kansas, Iowa State, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, West Virginia, Texas Christian.

Then bulk up by adding Boise State, SMU, Houston. Or maybe add some Rice if you're thinking academics. This patch-work life raft might hold until the next big expansion wave. Or not.

cdufresne@tribune.com

Few good options

Brian Hamilton

Chicago Tribune

This assumes college football tectonics shift as violently as a reshuffled deck of cards, and that may not occur. The Big 12 once again may perform its annual self-resuscitation ritual if Oklahoma reportedly gets its way.