But whatevs. Football's king, I guess.
We hope that our combination of first-rate basketball, somewhat fledgling football, all-around sports success (top college soccer fanbase in America!) and our access to all the rich people in Fairfield County will help make our new fake conference the best in the country.
(Conferences can continue to pick teams until they are satisfied with their league makeup...no set number or anything.)
First thoughts are in regards to competitive balance:
On the women's side, this actually might make things tougher for UConn. You've got the defending national champion Texas A&M and an Oklahoma program that's always in the mix.
Of course, now that we're getting towards the second half of the draft, it's likely that more strong basketball programs (who maybe don't bring as much to the table in football) will be taken, but so far it seems like Coach Cal (and his successor) could expect to cruise to 25 wins per year for a little while.
As for football, well...I hope you don't mind finishing higher than fourth in the conference for the next 20 years. Oklahoma we all know about...and I feel comfortable saying we could pencil in regular beatings at the hands of the Crimson Tide and Huskers.
Compared to our position in the Big East (where we are generally among the top teams most years in hoops and basketball), I'm not so sure this would an improvement.
But it also depends on who else is joining us. Stay tuned.