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Tulsa To Soon-To-Be-Named (Current Big East) In 2014-15

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From the current Big East….Tulsa to soon-to-be-named conference in 2014


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Big East Board of Directors, in a unanimous vote, has admitted The University of Tulsa to full membership, beginning July 1, 2014, in the soon-to-be-renamed and rebranded Conference.
The announcement was made by Commissioner Michael Aresco and marks a continuation of the dynamic reshaping of the Conference. Continue reading

ESPN, Current Big East Agree To Multuyear Rights Agreement

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From the World Wide Leader ….

ESPN and Current Big East Conference Agree to Multiyear Rights Agreement


ESPN and the current Big East Conference, soon to be renamed, will continue their relationship of more than three decades with a multiyear, multimedia rights agreement. The agreement grants ESPN exclusive worldwide distribution rights across all media and will continue ESPN’s coverage of the conference’s football, basketball and more through 2019-20. In addition, video subscribers of ESPN will have access to the games via digital and mobile devices.


ESPN’s existing football agreement with the conference runs through 2013 while the 2013-14 season will act as a bridge year for the conference’s basketball rights. Commencing in 2014-15, football, basketball and other sports will be under one agreement through 2019-20 granting ESPN rights to all conference contests (not included in CBS’s basketball rights package) including at least 66 football games and 170 men’s basketball games which will be made available annually across ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN3, and via limited regional and national sublicense. In addition, select women’s basketball regular-season and postseason contests as well as other conference-sponsored sports will be presented throughout the year. Continue reading

Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco Statement On Notre Dame Bolting

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Statement from BIG EAST Commissioner Mike Aresco


“The University of the Notre Dame has informed us that it is joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports other than football. Notre Dame has been a valued member of the BIG EAST Conference and we wish them success in the future.  However, Notre Dame’s departure does not change our plans.  We have prestigious institutions that are excited to be a part of the BIG EAST.  We remain committed to making the BIG EAST stronger than it has ever been.”

Big East-Syracuse To Part Ways July 1 2013

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It’s really official now…


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Big East Conference and Syracuse University today announced that both organizations have reached an agreement on Syracuse’s departure from the Big East and move to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Under the terms of the agreement reached between the Big East and Syracuse, the Big East members will vote, in accordance with the Big East’s bylaws, to terminate Syracuse’s membership in the Big East effective July 1, 2013, at which point Syracuse will join the ACC. In addition to other consideration, Syracuse will make a total cash payment to the Big East of $7.5 million.

“This closes a chapter and opens a new one filled with exciting possibilities for the Big East’s future. With the recent addition of eight schools to the Big East, the future for the Conference has never been brighter,” said Joe Bailey, Big East Interim Commissioner.

Dr. Daryl Gross, Director of Athletics for Syracuse University, said: “We look forward to the new academic and athletic partnerships and the extraordinary competitive opportunities that membership in the ACC offers. We are excited about both our final season in the Big East and our long-term future with the ACC.”


Big East Interim Commissioner Joe Bailey Talks College Football Selection Committee

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Because it’s the key to the whole thing here, right?

What’s goin on?

Just got off the phone with Big East interim commissioner Joe Bailey who, as you know was the Big East representative and sitting at at the table when all the college football playoff was going on.

Bailey said he’s fine with the way everything shook down but with respect to the Big East he – and others – insisted the league championship mean something and it will be one of the prongs used in determining the teams, strength of schedule is going to be another one along with quality of play.

Polls, slants, SEC bias, all those things Bailey breaks down right here and based on what he’s saying it looks like it could be fair but it still going to come down to who is on at the selection committee and no one knows that quite yet.

Anyway, here’s the interim Big East commish talking about the committee, really the most important element in all of this…

“The committee is going to evaluate not based on anything other than actual performance itself,” Bailey said. “And if you believe in the concept that the group is smarter than the smartest person in the group then there won’t be one person who influences anybody. The group will end up making the decision. There is an enormous amount of studies on group thinking and how they make the wisest decisions so from my perspective anyway the committee piece plus the concentration by the committee by focusing on the quality of play ends up being a meritocracy so forget perceptions. It’s all about reality and how teams play.”

So no, poll?

“No, polls, no. Well, they’ll [the committee] create a poll themselves so people will know where they stand. When they release it? Who knows.  But it will be their evaluations. Now there is strength of schedule there’s no question about that and that will be a factor but conference champions will also be a factor. With the health of college football in general you want to make this as fair and equitable as it can be and at the end it’s a meritocracy. Whoever plays the best gets it.”

So the committee is going to evaluate all the teams, watching a lot of film? How big is this committee going to be?

“Yeah. Well, there was a lot of discussion about how big the committee is going to be. You tell me how big the NCAA basketball committee? Ten or something? The question right now is how big is a bread box? No one knows for sure but the bottom line is it’s going to be sizeable enough so that you’re going to get a variety of evaluators that are going to concentrate – on a week to week basis – on nothing but these teams and they’re not going to let high profile or any of that get in the way of evaluating the quality of play. It’s a really good result when you think about it for a second because whether you’re a coach, player or fan, in the end, you want to earn it, right? That’s the trick – to earn it.”

Are you confident the committee won’t be biased?

“It’s like going and saying ‘am I confident in the Supreme Court?’ At the end of the day I’m confident in the institution of the Supreme Court so the answer to your question is yes. I am.”






The Big East Had Its Defection Issues But…Are You Next, ACC?

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Weren’t we just led to believe – especially after the big TV deal the ACC just got – that everybody in that conference was happy?

Well, sort of, and the Florida State bolting rumors quieted down.

They’ve heated back up again in a big way.

Check out this report from Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel. More importantly, check out the quote FSU Board of Trustee chair Andy Haggard gave to Warchant.com which is included in Wetzel’s piece


Report: John Marinatto Resigns As Big East Commissioner

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What a start to the week..

According to our good friend Brett McMurphy over at CBSSports.com John Marinatto, only the third Big East commissioner in conference history behind Dave Gavitt and Mike Tranghese, has resigned today.

As we know the conference has been anything but stable the past couple of years. Marinatto had been the boss since the summer of 2009. The conference is losing two of its pillars, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, to the ACC. Many connected to the league or have followed it were and still are broken by those moves that many also believe could have been prevented had the league been more proactive when conference realignment was headlining the sports conversation.





Big East Set To Welcome Temple To The Conference Today

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Here’s the just-issued release….


The BIG EAST Conference will conduct a press conference Wednesday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time at Madison Square Garden to address conference membership.



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

5:30 p.m.



Madison Square Garden

Arena Level – Fifth Floor



John Marinatto, Commissioner, BIG EAST Conference

Judy Genshaft, President, University of South Florida, Chair of BIG EAST CEO Executive Committee

Lewis Katz, Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Athletic Committee, Temple University

Bill Bradshaw, Director of Athletics, Temple University

Steve Addazio Head Football Coach, Temple University



A live stream of today’s press conference will be available on the BIG EAST website: