It’s not hard to imagine why. If you’re the Big East, and the Big Ten manages to expand to 14 or 16 teams, it means the Big East will lose schools. It might be one school. It might be five. But it will lose schools, any combination of Syracuse, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, all of which have been mentioned as among the Big Ten’s targets. If you’re a Big East basketball coach, or a Big East fan, this will worry you. It’s not hard to imagine why.
The problem is that, as the New York Times’ always-excellent Pete Thamel pointed out in a story Sunday, conference realignment will happen as a product of football concerns. So where does that leave basketball?