Just last week, Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese had his contract with the conference extended through the 2009-10 academic year.
Whether or not this is a good thing, I do not know. What I do know is that Tranghese has his work cut out for him. Over the next four years, Tranghese must tackle issues concerning:
- The size of league membership and what effect it may have upon a potential split between the football and non-football institutions;
- Television contracts (especially for football);
- The conference's continuing membership in the BCS syndicate (in whatever form the association may take);
- The potential defection of Pittsburgh or Syracuse from the conference;
- Notre Dame's role as a partial Big East member;
- Bowl contracts and payouts; and
- The Big East Basketball Tournament and whether to add another day to the schedule to allow more universities to compete.
|Big East Football: Week Eleven|
|11.09.05||West Virginia v. Cincinnati||Cincinnati, OH||ESPN2||7:30PM|
|11.11.05||Rutgers v. Louisville||Louisville, KY||ESPN2||8:00 PM|
|11.12.05||Connecticut v. Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, PA||ERT||12:00 PM|
|South Florida v. Syracuse||Syracuse, NY||TBA||1:30 PM|
[Game of the Week]
Chas continues to keep his eye on the Big East race and pens another concise edition of "Winning the Big East."
With this in mind, the game of the week should be either Connecticut taking on Pittsburgh or Rutgers facing Louisville as both of these tilts have significant implications on bowl possibilities.
However, given the magnitude and pageantry that will be this Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse and South Florida get the nod for the Big East game of the week, even though the Orange will be blown off their own carpet.