Monday, February 17th, 1997
Big East Notes
Look for Temple to be out of the Big East Football Conference within two years, and for UConn to be in by the year 2002, and probably sooner. Bill Roth was talking about the Big East meetings on the "Virginia Tech Sports Today" television show, and those are the two major items that he said will come out of the meetings. It appears that minimum standards for league membership will be adopted, and they will include stipulations that you must be the primary tenant in your football stadium, and you must average 25,000 fans per game. All teams, i.e. Temple, will have two years to comply with these requirements, so look for the Owls to be history soon. UConn will step in and fill the void.
I'm not sure if those two news items are set in stone yet, but look for them to happen. This will bring up the interesting situation of having Tech as the only football-only member. Depending upon whether you're the type of person who sees that glass as half full or half empty, this could mean one of two things:
Whatever happens, Dave Braine is positioning us well for membership in an all-sports conference by massively upgrading our facilites and increasing our cash base ($8 million in bowl money will do that for you). If the Big East doesn't want us, somebody else will. My prediction: by the year 2000, Tech will be a member of an all-sports conference.
The question is, which one?