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Top Five: Schools in need of new conferences

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,College,Brian McNally

The wave of conference realignment news continues unabated. The latest is Louisville leaving the Big East for the ACC. Here are five more schools that should be seeking safe harbor:

5. New Jersey Institute of Technology »

We get the benefits of small schools moving up to Division I and all the publicity that entails. But NJIT plays in something called the Great West Conference, its closest "rival" is in Chicago and that league will have only four members next fall. It's time to find a spot closer to home in Newark.

4. George Mason » The CAA will be down to just nine members next fall. Plus, the Patriots' men's basketball team and Drexel are the last remaining CAA programs that compete at a high level in that high-profile sport with former rivals VCU and -- next year -- Old Dominion both gone.

3. BYU »

It is now a member of the West Coast Conference in all sports but football. BYU is a natural fit in the WCC, a collection of 10 private, religious schools. But football drives the bus at BYU, and staying independent may not be tenable given the current state of realignment.

2. Connecticut » Another Big East school that needs to leave as soon as possible. Connecticut apparently lost out to Louisville in its bid to replace Maryland in the ACC. But the school is a fit for that league both academically and athletically and eventually should join its old rivals.

1. Georgetown »

The Big East has been destroyed, and the Hoyas can't stay in a conference that is adding the likes of Tulane. If the lack of an FBS football team ends any shot at an ACC bid, then Georgetown needs to regroup with like-minded Catholic basketball schools.

- Brian McNally

bmcnally@washingtonexaminer.com

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