Originally Posted by Misterbill
OK. After sorting thru all this, here are my conclusions for others to shoot down.
These are the super-competitive conferences, where I would advise juniors and parents that winning is everything, coaches are incentivized (is that a word?) to win, programs are fully-funded, and coaches will try to get the best players regardless of nationality
Big East--football schools only
I agree. I have other friends in fully-funded non-BCS programs and they are super-competitive in their conference. The top 4 schools or so are constantly trying to one-up each other and get to nationals, but once again, there are school at the bottom of their conference who know they can't compete because they aren't fully funded and can't attract top level talent. A coach can have a losing record for years and as long as there aren't other issues with the team, can hold onto his or her job.