It’s been a busy week in sports. The Angels have decided to join the ranks of the big spenders, landing Josh Hamilton from the Rangers. That gives them Hamilton, Pujols, and Trout in the middle of their lineup. This could be huge for the Angels but as we’ve seen so many times before, money can’t always buy you wins, unless you are the Yankees. Just look at the Cubs, and last year’s Dodgers and Marlins. I’m curious to see how the Blue Jays, Angels, and Dodgers do this year after spending major bucks this offseason. Also, as I’m writing this, it looks like the Mets are trying to get in on the money spending action.
Also making the news this week and what I want to talk about, is what looks to be the beginning of the end of the Big East. It was announced earlier this week, that the “Catholic-7” (the non-football schools in the Big East) have agreed to leave the conference together. These schools are DePaul, Marquette, Villanova, Georgetown, St. Johns, Seton Hall, and Providence. This comes after the Big East had already lost Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, and Louisville to the ACC; and Rutgers to the Big Ten. This has left the Big East scrambling for replacements. They have reached out to schools like Tulane, Navy, Boise State, San Diego State, Memphis, East Carolina, Old Dominion, Central Florida, and Houston, and Southern Methodist. When the “Catholic-7” do leave, it’ll be more than safe to say that the Big East will be nowhere close to the conference it once was. Also, other changes out west may keep San Diego State and Boise State from making the move. So where will these schools go?
Rumors are they will look to create their own conference centered on basketball look to invite schools like Butler, Xavier, St. Louis, Creighton, and Dayton to join. Butler, just upset #1 Indiana and I threw my coffee table out of my fourth floor window. While this seems like the most likely of outcomes, it’s fun to speculate. These schools are surrounded by two conferences steeped in basketball tradition: the Big Ten and the ACC. Although, it is their desire to move away from big money football, if I were either of these two commissioners I would be trying to put something in the works. After all the Big Ten did just add Rutgers and Maryland and no offense they don’t have the best football teams in the country. I highly doubt the Catholic-7 will make a move to another existing conference but you never know.
Alright, I’m off to get some stuff done before the Pioneers try to put an end to their seven game winless streak (0-4-3 since Thanksgiving). Have a great rest of the weekend.