The Big East - ACC split left the Big East in a ton of trouble - trouble that quickly evaporated as the league has quickly acquitted itself quite well since the raid. Unfortunately Syracuse hasn't exactly been helping the cause as our beloved Orangemen have won 7 football games over the last 3 years. While the league has recovered, there are still many issues that need to be resolved, including the need to add an additional football member to balance the schedule.
Conversely, the SEC has consistently been one of the - who are we kidding - THE best football league in the land for quite some time. They take their football seriously in the South, hell, Alabama drew 78,000 to their Spring game - which is about 75,000 more than SU drew.....then again, at Alabama they ran more than 37 plays.
Anyway, with news that the SEC is looking into forming its own TV network, The Orlando Sentinel's On Campus blog has sketched out how the league can launch a hostile takeover of the college football landscape - and that takeover includes Syracuse (see number 5). Under their scenario 4 to 6 Super conferences would be created. The item assumes that the Big East will split, and what's left of the league will be purged and folded into existing conferences, with SU heading to either the ACC or Big 10.
While a change this big is doubtful, change is definitely coming - Champ did a great job spelling this out a few weeks ago. While the plan described above is one of the more speculative I've seen, it is on the web site of a major news outlet, so that does give it some legitimacy. It also illustrates the fact - loudly and clearly - that SU needs to fix the football program and fix it fast, because the thought of a Greg Robinson coaching the Orange team in a super conference is a truly frightening thought. The match up would be like Paris Hilton squaring off against Ken Jennings in a game of Jeopardy. The landscape of college football is shifting, and right now the Orange are not ready to compete - but they better get ready - and fast.