Looks like the football remnants of the Big East are going to call themselves the "America 12 Conference." And it also sounds like they are going to reach out to Tulsa* to... you know... actually get to 12 teams.
America 12 membership:
It's a weird conference. Very weird. But I'm not going to lie -- as boofooed as this conference has been during realignmageddon - really, it's like it fell into a lava-spewing crack in the earth caused by the tremors - it's not so bad what they've clumped together. It seems somehow workable to me. Sure, it has a C*USA feel to it, and sure, none of these schools are really football powerhouses. But I bet they play some fun games, and I bet I'll enjoy guiding an America 12 school in NCAA Football 14. (Tulane Green Wave, I'm looking at you.)
Meanwhile, in case you missed it, the "Catholic 7" took the name "Big East" and invited Butler and Xavier (and maybe Creighton*) to forge a pretty damn good basketball conference. It's good, because the Big East was always a basketball conference, anyway. This one will rival the ACC, BigTen, and Mountain West (that's right, the Mountain West) as the best basketball conference in the land.
Big East membership:
Realignmageddon touches everyone, in different and special ways. Rock on, realignmageddon. Rock on.