• Play a conference football schedule with zero compensation from the Big East so current members don't have to give up any of their share of revenue.
• Be responsible for negotiating a television contract for home games until the league wants the school to be a part of its package.
• Not expect any of the league's BCS revenue until earning a BCS bid of its own representing the conference.
• Come in as a football member only. Other sports would play in another league in order to not interfere with the league's current 16-member setup for all other sports.
• Show a solid track record of putting fans in the seats at home, on the road and at bowl games — all on a trial basis for a few years.
I am sure East Carolina is a fine institution. The program was a vital part of Jags and Logan's careers. However, that doesn't mean they would have generated any excitement in Boston had BC stayed in the Big East. This desperate marriage -- which is structured to prop up the unworkable 16 team basketball conference -- is a joke.
Old schoolers can complain all they want about the ACC, but it provided more stability, more revenue, more liked-minded opponents and more excitement. We should never look back.