At least for football, I think the Big East will lose a lot of its luster - especially if the Mounties leave. With Pitt and Syracuse leaving for the ACC, does a kid think twice about playing in the Big East? What happens to Nova? Will Temple be invited back to the Big East? If UCONN and/or Rutgers leave, is the Big East done as an all sports conference?
I think Pat (just like every other PSU coach in the past 50 years) will have a tough time recruiting top kids from the major cities in the Middle Atlantic region.
From my own point of view, I never really gave Big Ten football or basketball more than a passing thought until PSU joined the Big Ten. I think most kids in Philly, Balto, DC, NYC, Jersey and suburban VA and MD don’t think much about the Big 10 - mainly because of the plodding style of play (per Dick Jerardi, Penn State is a running team in a walking league).
What do you guys think?