Man, did I suffer from bad timing. I’m told it takes a big man to admit when he’s wrong. Well, I feel like Yao Ming right now. Over the last two weekends, I’ve watched my suggestion that the Big East be stripped of its automatic BCS bowl berth get smacked around pretty hard by the league members. Since then, the conference has acquitted itself rather well, which warrants more pub. How about this for a short-term, non-conference resume? Connecticut upset a rising Baylor team in Waco. Syracuse did the same to Northwestern for its first win of the season. Rutgers coasted over Maryland on the road. Cincinnati defeated Oregon State and Fresno State. West Virginia gave Auburn all it could handle on the Plains. And, of course, South Florida stood up Florida State in Tallahassee this past Saturday. For those keeping score at home, that’s two ACC victims and one each from the Big 12, Big Ten, and Pac-10. Not shabby at all, particularly for a league suffering from an inferiority complex. I suppose my biggest issues with the Big East since Miami, Virginia Tech, and Boston College defected is that an eight-team league lacks heft, especially when there isn’t a serious, perennial contender for a national championship. Purely on mathematics, winning a conference with eight members is, oh, about 33% less difficult than the one with 12. Hey, as long as the Big East keeps traveling well and winning in the postseason, what do I know, right?CFN's Richard Cirminiello and his apology to the Big East. Thanks, Richard. Anyone can be wrong (and most in the media are), but it takes a big man to admit that mistake. Of course, this little conference that could will still keep trying to prove you even more wrong.