The commissioners of the Big East, Mountain West, and Conference USA are scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss the potential formation of a 28-32 football team conference, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
The proposed “super conference,” would be formed in an attempt to gain an automatic Bowl Championship Series bid. The Big East currently owns an automatic bid, but with several schools announcing their departure to the ACC, and the news today that West Virginia plans to leave for the Big 12 once Missouri is set free, they are at risk of losing that status following the 2013 NCAA season.
Initially the Big East had looked to attract teams from the Mountain West such as Air Force and Boise State. With the unexpected weakening of their base, however, it may make more sense for them to join with the two smaller conferences. With the loss of West Virginia, only Connecticut, Rutgers, USF, Louisville and Cincinnati remain as members the Big East’s football league. The Mountain West and Conference USA have already agreed to merge together in the next several years in their own attempt to secure automatic Bow Championship Series status, however the merger of all three, may be the most beneficial for all.