Mark Blaudschun, one of the nation’s top college sports writers and columnists, is reporting that the Big East schools that play only basketball may have finally lost patience with the dumb jock football schools that have commandeered the collegiate sports and the Big East.
Good for them, I say…
Here is Mark’s blog:
Big East Catholic schools breaking away?
With the poaching of Big East schools by the ACC and the Big Ten and the expansion of the Big East in football and basketball far beyond the northeast and Midwest geographical area the Big East had established in basketball as well as the loss of traditional rivalries such as Georgetown and Syracuse, the Catholic schools have considered making a break for the past few years. But no school seemed to be willing to take the first step. But after a fall in which Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Notre Dame–all considered prime partners in Big East basketball–all defected, the time frame for a change has apparently speeded up.
The Big East tried to avoid the breakaway by telling the Catholic schools it wanted to set up “mirror” games against its other Catholic rivals, meaning a home and home series among the 7 Catholic Schools. Whether that will be enough to keep the conference together is uncertain. Aresco has tried to sell this concept to the Catholic schools, telling them they can still have traditional rivals while playing under the Big East football umbrella. Whether Aresco made his case also remains to be seen.
If the schools do break away, they would need to add at least one and probably as many as three additional schools. Already mentioned as possible candidates would be Dayton, St. Louis, Xavier and George Mason.
The other problem the Big East must also deal with is how the prospects of a break away by the Catholic schools would affect the current negotiations for a new television contract.