The Big East announced this morning the addition of the Tulane Green Wave and the East Carolina Pirates.
I’ve mentioned the Big East’s turn to mediocrity before, but these additions help prove my point. Currently, one of the only competitive teams in the conference, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are leaving, and it already lost the West Virginia Mountaineers, and is losing the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Syracuse Orange to the ACC as well.
Tulane and ECU aren’t exactly equal replacements.
The Big East is turning into the C-USA. In 2014 the Big East will have the Southern Methodist Mustangs, the Houston Cougars, the Central Florida Knights and now ECU and Tulane.
There are no real national championship contenders in the conference anymore.
With these additions, one can only assume if the Big East has finally accepted its fate as a conference. Clearly it is not adding strong replacement teams for the future. It seems as though the Big East is just trying to add teams, any teams, to avoid folding.
Tulane is 2-10, and 2-6 in the C-USA this season. That’s not exactly a great addition to an already weak conference. The Big East seems unable to catch any strong football schools, especially now that it has taken on such a weak feel.
ECU was 8-4, 7-1 in the C-USA. Somewhat better, but still not really an elite program to add to a conference.
The Big East went south in a hurry. Now there are rumors around football that the Boise State Broncos may be looking for another conference to play in due to the poor strength of the new Big East, and if that’s not enough, many folks are saying the MAC deserves the BCS bowl tie-in more than the Big East, and I have to agree at this point.