Karl Benson left the WAC this past week to become new commissioner of the Sun Belt. Most saw this as a clear indication of the WAC's failing health, and that the conference is years or possibly even months from being cannibalized out of existence. The primary suspect would be the Conference-USA/Mountain West amalgam. It is the one sitting in the corner smacking its lips and salting the WAC's arm in between test nibbles, and isn't even trying to be subtle.
Benson's new tiny universe, the Sun Belt, is giving the universe hope. They are open to expansion, per Benson, and at ten teams would need two to get to a handy twelve.
[whooshing sound of cosmic fire]
The twelve team conference with two divisions would allow the conference to have a championship game. Those two teams could in theory come from the Big East. This would not be popular with those teams, nor their fans or administrators, and would make little sense in terms of football revenue, but it could still theoretically happen.
[Japanese words spoken over sparkly music. light appears on horizon. cartoon dandelions appear everywhere, falling from the sky like adorable cluster bombs.]
If they did, then one dream would still be alive. The Big East and the Sun Belt, combining forces at last, and fulfilling the prophecy of--
[TRAILING GLORY ACROSS THE SKY IT ARRIVES]
---THE SUNBEAST CONFERENCE.
History is in your hands, Karl Benson. Don't drop it before it has a chance to catch fire and turn college football upside down. #SUNBEAST4LYFE