Mike Tranghese, who stepped down in June after 19 years as Big East commissioner, was in the middle of the last major conference realignment. In 2004-05, the Atlantic Coast Conference grabbed Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech from the Big East. That set off a chain reaction that saw 23 teams change conferences and Army becoming an independent.
Tranghese put the Big East back together, adding football members Louisville, Cincinnati and South Florida from Conference USA.
He's not optimistic the Big East could do it again.
"The whole expansion thing with the Big Ten is very, very unnerving. ... If the Big Ten comes and takes multiple teams from the Big East, I think the Big East is in trouble," he said. "It's a tough situation because I don't think there's anything the Big East can do to prevent it. I think everyone is sort of sitting on pins and needles."
Tranghese made his comments during an appearance on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. You can listen to the interview by clicking here.
West Virginia's Bill Stewart told WTAP=TV last week: "The Big Ten could impact us. They'll pick a couple of our [Big East] teams. However, the SEC and ACC will do the same. So that's exciting. I don't where we're going to land.
"We could land, whatever, [in] one of maybe three conferences — ACC, SEC, maybe Big Ten. We'll be in one of them. Which one I don't know. But that's down the road a couple of years."
Tranghese didn't agree with Stewart's optimistic outlook for the Mountaineers.
"I thought Bill's comments were a bit extreme. ... He painted an optimistic picture that West Virginia would be fine and that they would end up in one of those leagues," he said. "To be candid with you, I don't see it that way at all. I just don't think the SEC and ACC are going to expand.
"I think this is a question of what the Big Ten is going to do. Are they going to take one, are they going to take three. If the Big Ten comes and takes multiple teams from the Big East, I think the Big East is in trouble."