The Mountain West will be a better conference. Its football will be better, and its basketball, at least right now, is just as good.
But Tulsa will have better rivalries in the old, but not old old, Big East. SMU and Houston. Memphis and Tulane. Even Cincinnati is an old Missouri Valley foe.
And while it would be cool for Tulsa to forge football rivalries with the likes of Boise State and San Diego State, it will be equally cool to play the likes of Temple and UConn in basketball.
5. The biggest loser in all this? Easy. Connecticut.
The Huskies were in the Fiesta Bowl against OU a couple of years ago, but a major bowl now seems a difficult goal for UConn.
And Connecticut has lost its basketball base. The Huskies became a national power as they battled Syracuse and Georgetown and Villanova and Louisville in the Big East.
Put a truth serum in UConn, and the Huskies might admit to regretting getting into the big-time football business. Play small-college football, and Connecticut could still be in a league with its heavyweight hoops pals.
6. The same might be said of Memphis and maybe Cincinnati.
7. How will Tulsa’s divisions be split? Clearly, TU, Houston, SMU, Memphis and Tulane should be together. But who else? Cincinnati probably is the best bet.
That would leave Central Florida, South Florida, East Carolina, Navy, Temple and UConn in a division.
8. You know Cincinnati and UConn are just dying to get into the ACC. And it very well could happen. Which means Tulsa shouldn’t get too comfortable with the Huskies and Bearcats.
9. But initially, still a good basketball league. UConn, Memphis, Cincinnati. Tulsa suddenly will be in a hoops league that will get 3-4 NCAA Tournament berths a year. That’s a serious upgrade from Conference USA.
10. The old old Big East gets Madison Square Garden for its basketball tournament. Don’t expect the old, but not old old, Big East to come to Tulsa for its tournament any time soon. The political clout in this conference has definitely shifted east.