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Big East Split: What the Basketball Breakup Means for Football

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The Big East suffered another setback in realignment, as seven basketball schools – Providence, DePaul, Marquette, Georgetown, St. John’s, Villanova and Seton Hall have decided to break away from the conference. While this is a much bigger problem for the Big East’s basketball product, it could also present some issues for the football side. After losing Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC and West Virginia to the Big 12 last year, the Big East was attempting to rebrand itself as a national conference. However, Louisville accepted a spot in the ACC, and Rutgers is joining the Big Ten, likely in 2014.

Here’s the divisional format that the Big East planned to go with for 2013:

East

West

UCF

Boise State

South Florida

Houston

Connecticut

Memphis

Cincinnati

San Diego State

Rutgers

SMU

Louisville

Temple