Let's face facts.
Of the Big East football schools, only
four- Pitt, UConn, Syracuse and RU- have solid academic credentials.
One could argue amongst these four which institution has the
"best" undergraduate school, business school, law school,
med school, etc., but by and large these four are a lot closer
together than those that make up the rest of the conference.
The academic doormats of the Big East are
absolute dogs. This includes Louisville, Cincy, South Florida
and West Virginia.
So we have 4 solid academic schools and
4 bad schools.
When I hear talk that we should admit UCF,
Eastern Carolina or Memphis into the BE to "save" football,
the palm of my hand immediately slaps my forehead. If, for example,
UCF, ECU and Memphis were granted entrance to the Big East, the
football schools would look like a who's who of crappy commuter
In fact, the dream team conference of commuter
schools. Some of these "schools" have admit rates north
of 75%. And please forgive me as I wipe away the mud of elitism
that is thrown my way. Until high schools cease to grade their
students, and educational testing services wither away and die,
life above a cashier at Taco Bell IS about academics.
Sorry if I've offended any of the other
schools, but facts are facts. I may be impolitic, but we should
seek out our own.