Now let's shift focus back to the Northeast and the Big East conference. The Big East is the biggest conference in the Northeast and they are accepting programs as far west as Boise State, Idaho, and have accepted programs from Texas. Technically and geographically, these schools are not in the East or the Northeast region and have no clear collegiate rivalry. Most likely the name of the conference will need to be changed in a very similar matter that Pac10 changed to Pac12. So with the Big East expanding its horizons, who will be the big time conference in the Northeast? In my opinion, the Big East will still remain as the one but I think that lesser conferences will continue with their own realignment and start having a bigger impact on where student-athletes intend to go to school in the Northeast area.
- Will the 'perfect storm' ever hit at BU?
- No because BU has what the 'perfect storm' is all about. The endowment has over 1.1 billion dollars in it and growing.
- Will we see BU invest in another football team as a way to get noticed?
- No. If so BU will have to invest in the team, and invest into another female team because of Title IX. Also, BU does not value our athletic rivals more than our academic rivals in the Greater Boston Area to take a risk on another football program.
Now, will realignment still continue to occur in hockey? I think so. Reasoning is that it just happened and will take place in 2014. I think the only conference in hockey that has potential to grow beyond 2014 is the soon to be Big Ten conference. With Penn St joining, there might be more teams within the conference willing to add ice hockey to their athletic programs. Hopefully, this happens. Adding more big time schools with hockey can only raise more awareness about college hockey and possibly expand it beyond the typical cold weather states.