This is DEAD ON. Big East football was trashed annually by the media - despite huge bowl wins like WVU's over Georgia and Oklahoma. They were treated the same as UCF's over Auburn and Houston's over FSU - with a shrug. There is little difference in perception nationally between the AAC today and the former BIG EAST when it comes to college football. Yes, the BE was a BCS league, but most of the pundits thought it shouldn't be after the first round of conference hopping that brought us in, and they were happy to run their mouths on TV and in print to say so. If you don't believe that, you weren't paying attention in those days.