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Big East to expand? Creighton's AD backs Gonzaga, Wichita State as candidates

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I hope they discuss it and then decide to never discuss it again.

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According to the Wichita Eagle (sure), Creighton's athletic director Bruce Rasmussen would stump for expanding the Big East from 10 to 12 teams:

Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen, known to Wichita State from the Bluejays' days in the Missouri Valley Conference, said he's pushing for Big East expansion from 10 to 12 teams and that WSU and Gonzaga would be good fits.

Rasmussen was careful to say that his opinion in these matters might not carry much weight, but that the Big East presidents and athletic directors have agreed to discuss the possibility of expansion at the conference's annual meetings in May.

Both Wichita State and especially Gonzaga have recent histories of being strong mid-majors, with each making the tournament as low seeds and winning a couple of games this year. Despite that, I don't like this idea.

Aside from how brutal that Seton Hall to Gonzaga road trip would be, I don't think there is any reason for the Big East to expand. Along with the Big 12, it is one of only two leagues to feature double round robin play in conference. Both leagues have been consistently strong with that arrangement.

From a purely basketball point of view, there's no reason this should happen. In terms of financials though, it seems like this is inevitable at some point in time, regardless of who the new teams are. Despite that, I'd like to see the league hold off as long as possible on expansion. What say you?