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Nov 20, 2012; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers president Robert Barchi (right) and athletic director Tim Pernetti (middle) and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany (left) pose for a photo at a press conference announcing the move of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from the Big East conference to the Big Ten conference at the Hale Center. Mandatory Credit: Patti Sapone/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

Open discussion: Where does Charlotte fit in latest round of realignment?

With Maryland and Rutgers shipping off from the ACC and Big East (respectively) to the Big Ten, it set off more speculation as to which schools are heading where. Of course, the Charlotte 49ers were a part of conference realignment themselves, announcing their departure a few months ago from the Atlantic 10 and head to Conference USA in 2013.

But is the realignment train only making a short pit stop in C-USA, only to be bound elsewhere? At least some opinion and speculation seems to lend itself to that possibility. Local sports hosts here in the Charlotte area (namely ESPN 730, the Niners’ flagship station) feel that the Big East is the next step for the Green and White, and fans on Twitter and the message boards are lending their own thoughts. But the Big East is dealing with its own troubles–Pitt, Syracuse and Notre Dame are on the way out along with Rutgers; Louisville and/or UConn could be next–and aside from Cincinnati the football cupboard is fairly depleted.

What do you think? Is Charlotte destined for a new conference, Big East or otherwise, or staying put? Comments are open (keep them clean!). Or tweet us at @PickAxeDigest with your thoughts.

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