Last week, citing the program's "sustained failure to meet the minimum criteria expected of all members," the Big East dropped Temple football. (Since 1991 the Owls are 9-58 against Big East schools.) Which got us wondering: Who'd be checking out if other conferences pulled the plug on their pigskin patsies?
Wake Forest (alltime conference record 88-228-5). Finished next to last in 2000 with 1-7 league mark. Has losing record against every other ACC school and hasn't beaten Florida State since 1973. Consequences League could be seen as heartless thug that shut door on Brian Piccolo's alma mater.
Indiana (179-386-23). Hasn't had plus-.500 league record in seven seasons. Last went to Rose Bowl in 1967 Consequences Conference would have to redesign snazzy logo, which features an 11 embedded in the words ' Big Ten.'
Baylor (3-37). Since league began in 1996, Bears have finished in cellar every year. Last fall went 0-8 in conference for 13th winless SWC or Big 12 season. Consequences League would risk wrath of God by picking on Baptists.
Kent State (110-233-4). Outscored by conference foes 258-91 last year. Drew Division 1-worst 7,468 per home game. Consequences Would lose one of more evocative nick-names—Golden Flashes—in sports.
Vanderbilt (106-307-18). Last had a winning league record during the Reagan Administration. Consequences If Music City is eliminated from road schedule, best trip in SEC would be to Gainesville.