The good news for lovers of the Big East? Last week's announcement that the conference is adding five new football schools -- the Boise State Broncos, San Diego State Aztecs, SMU Mustangs, Houston Cougars and UCF Knights -- is the first sign in quite a while that the league is willing to be aggressive in its fight for football survival.
The bad news? It still might not be enough to keep a grip on its long-shaky status as a top-tier BCS conference. The crystal ball is clouded by an imperfect storm of opportunities missed, work that remains to be done and more unknowns than not.
Here are five reasons why the Big East is still walking a very tenuous tightrope, one for each of the new members:
1. The map
During last week's expansion announcement, Big East commissioner John Marinatto talked very matter-of-factly about how future conference football schedules would work. There will be two six-team divisions with eight conference games on every team's schedule, five within one's own division and three against the other.
Let's hope everyone's got their frequent flier accounts up to date.
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