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Altered Big East to retain AQ status for BCS
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On December 13, 2012 @ 4:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by George Schroeder and Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports
No matter what happens with the seven Catholic, non-football schools contemplating a breakaway from the Big East, the remaining football members would likely retain automatic qualifying status to the BCS in 2013, according to a high-ranking official with knowledge of the BCS structure. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the situation is still in the hypothetical stages.
Whether the seven non-football schools negotiate a breakaway or vote to dissolve the Big East, seven schools — UConn, Cincinnati, Houston, SMU, Memphis, Temple, Central Florida and South Florida – are slated to be in a conference together in 2013. Plus, Rutgers and Louisville, departing for the Big Ten and ACC, respectively, are not supposed to join their new leagues until 2014, though the current instability could help them go earlier. Boise State and San Diego State agreed to join the Big East as football-only members in 2013.
The BCS is being replaced by a playoff structure in 2014, but the Big East still has automatic qualifier status in 2013. That bid, worth upwards of $20 million, could be a key in how the remaining schools proceed once the non-football schools make their move.
Even if that group of schools didn’t have the Big East name, the person with knowledge said they would retain that BCS bid under any structure.
“This is unchartered territory,” the person said. “This is about the schools. The fact is the Big East schools earned (AQ status) under the rules for ’12 and ’13.”
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