Three teams shared the Big East Conference crown in 2011, but it was the West Virginia Mountaineers who represented the conference in a BCS bowl game.
West Virginia did it in great fashion as they defeated the Clemson Tigers soundly in the Discover Orange Bowl by a score of 70-33. However, the conference will seek different representation in the BCS bowl series this upcoming season as the Mountaineers will join the Big-12 Conference in time for the 2012 season.
Things will soon look completely different in the Big East, the latest conference to be featured in our “49 in 49” series.
The conference has added seven schools since December, with Temple being the most recent to join. Temple could take on the schedule of West Virginia, too. However, most of the seven Big East newcomers will join in 2013. Temple, on the other hand, will start conference play in 2012 and will join all sports in 2013.
The 49ers themselves are familiar with Big East players having last selected a player out of the Big East in 2010 when Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis was the team’s choice with the No. 11 overall pick.
Davis has started in all 32 of his career appearances with the 49ers.
In total, the 49ers have four players on its current roster with Big East ties. Besides Davis, All-Pro punter Andy Lee and tight end Nate Byham represent Pitt, while All-Pro kicker David Akers represents Louisville.
Which players from this year’s crop of Big East talent would you like to see in a 49ers uniform next season?
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