A plan for an all-Catholic school conference laid out in the Dayton Daily News. As Marc Katz would have it:
Marquette- 23rd nationally by Pomeroy
Saint Louis- 138th
Loyola Chicago- 224th
I'm intrigued by the idea, but I definitely don't buy his parity argument. There are only three or four solid basketball programs on that list, two of which are weak bubble teams right now. Sure, Dayton is good for an upset or two and DePaul really should be better than they are with a great recruiting base, but overall this league is much weaker than the A-10.
How about breaking the Big East into divisions? One Catholic and one secular.
Seton Hall- 75th
St. John's- 105th
While not geographically perfect, it keeps a great basketball conference together and puts like-minded schools in the same division. Interesting.
EDIT: An idea from NDNation:
Catholic Conference with two divisions:
The second part of this post is what intrigues me the most, however. What about a rivalry with the all-Christian (seven Catholic schools and Pepperdine) West Coast Conference? Pair the Irish and 'Zags, Marquette and St. Mary's, etc. for a version of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.