There was this absurd show I loved on Adult Swim called “The Mighty Boosh.” It was a British comedy where schlumpy jazz-fusion aficionado Howard Moon and “King of the Mods” Vince Noir ran a boutique owned by a shaman who hung out with a council of shamans, including a pink octopus named Tony Harrison.
It’s a psychedelic farce that always could surprise you from one second to the next with just how ridiculous it could be.
I tell you that to now tell you this: Anything I ever saw on “The Mighty Boosh” has paled in comparison to what I’m seeing with the Big East right now.
After inviting tomato can Tulane … which angered the conference’s Catholic schools so much, they abandoned ship … which in turn sent Boise State sprinting scared to the Mountain West … which in turn has San Diego State thinking twice about sticking around … it’s been reported that the conference originally wanted $300 million per year in rights fees from ESPN.
To put that in perspective, the Pac-12 — y’know, the conference that includes Oregon, Southern Cal and Stanford — gets $250 million annually in rights fees. And the conference whose bell cows now include Cincinnati, South Florida and UConn … for now … wanted $50 mill a year more. In December, the Big East’s TV rights were valued between $60 and $80 million annually. Quite a discrepancy, that.
I offer that nugget of info to pose this question to the readership at large: I’ve seen message board rumblings for a while that some Marshall fans aren’t happy to stay in Conference USA, that it’s becoming a sea of Sun Belt refugees and schools the Big East passed over. They’d like the Herd’s top brass to push for a Big East invite. Yet when you look at the silliness that’s going on in the Big East right now, would you really want plant your flag on that land?
It’s a conversation I’ve already started on Twitter (which, if I may make a shameless plug, you can join by following me @derekredd) but I figured I’d bring it to the blog as well.
So what say you, Herd fans? Is Conference USA so bad that the Big East is a greener pasture? Or do the Big East’s bumbles make C-USA a better place to reside?