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NCAA Conference Realignment: Big East Approached By Mountain West, Conference USA About Possible Merger

The Big East is on life support right now. They've lost arguably their three biggest football schools this season, and as we all know, football is the sport that drives the money train. The future of the conference is looking more and more grim by the day. According to Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, that future may be as part of a super conference with the Mountain West and Conference USA.

Commissioners from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA are scheduled to meet with the head of the Big East Conference today to discuss the formation of one 28- to 32-football team super conference in an effort to gain automatic Bowl Championship Series status.The Mountain West and Conference USA already have agreed to merge by either next year or in 2013.

This feels a little bit desperate to me, but that might just be where we are with this whole thing now. And what would we even name it? The logistics of travel and schedulign would be a nightmare, so I'd be surprised if this goes through.

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