It is July 1, and that means conference realignment part 1,234 has officially taken effect. The following is now official:
- Syracuse and Pittsburgh are no longer in the Big East and have moved to the ACC.
- The WAC is officially dead.
- The Big East, in terms of football, is officially dead, though they now picked up Butler, Xavier, and Creighton.
- The old Big East is now the American Athletic Conference (Conference USA All-Stars featuring UConn), and it includes Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville (for one more year), Houston, Memphis, Rutgers (for one more year), SMU, South Florida, Temple, and Central Florida.
- Notre Dame and the ACC don't have a formal, committed relationship for football, but have agreed to simply have casual sex (although given ND's recent history I hope it is consensual).
- The Mountain West Conference continues to have a much better conference football-wise than the AAC, but will continue to also be cock-blocked from earning a BCS automatic bid.
- The Sun Belt has added Georgia State, Texas State, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Idaho, and New Mexico State.
- Conference USA has Texas-San Antonio, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee State, and Florida International now.
Does everybody have that? Good. Now, onto the links:
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