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Podcast Episode 052: Big East split on horizon?

Patrick Johnston from Big East Coast Bias

Another week, another look at Big East expansion.

There is still nothing new to really ouch on as far as where Villanova stands. Both sides are at a stalemate in the process as Big East spring meetings wrapped up prematurely on Wednesday. But there is plenty to discuss regarding the situation, and we will do just that in the podcast.

Patrick Johnston from Big East Coast Bias and a Yahoo! contributor stops by to take a look at the possibility that the Big East could exceed the previously stated goal of ten football members and shoot for 12 members on the football field. We reference the polling of coaches conducted by our friend Brett McMurphy from in which an anonymous survey provided some mixed results on the conference’s future in football. Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun even has said he believes a Big East split is inevitable.

Do people want Villanova in the Big East?

Who else should be considered?

The obvious candidates at this point, in addition to Villanova, appear to be Central Florida and Houston and for good reason. Imagine if the Big East could add all three, as Patrick suggests. And yes, forget Notre Dame (although I did allude to the Irish in my article today on

We also touch on the latest news involving West Virginia assistant coach, and the head coach in waiting, Dana Holgorsen, who Adam Kramer over at Kegs ‘N Eggs says is a guy we can all like. The Charleston Daily Mail reported that Holgorsen was tossed out of a casino in West Virginia at 3 a.m. last week. The recation to the news caused West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck to leave the Big East spring meetings early, which resulted in the cancellation of the rest of the Big East meetings (really, because one guy leaves the rest of the guys follow suit?), leaving any further expansion talk almost literally on the table.

And if I’m talking to Patrick, I have to talk a bit about the Positive Impact Factor (a new way to evaluate quarterbacks) he has created and NCAA Football 12.

Finally, I am sharing my 100 reasons to love college football (in no particular order) and I’ll be asking guests on the show or podcast what reasons they have for loving college football. Patrick’s reason is because it is like a religion in the south. But I say to some of us, region does not matter because college football can be a religion anywhere you look.

Have a listen to the podcast below, then make sure you are subscribed in iTunes, and following the show on Get Glue!

NOTE – We experienced a couple of technical glitches during the recording process, so if something sounds jumpy to you, I apologize for the quality.

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About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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