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DePaul and six other non-FBS teams in the Big East have voted unanimously to leave the conference and form their own basketball league, the schools’ presidents announced on Saturday.
WASHINGTON -- The seven Big East schools that don't play FBS football have decided to leave the conference and pursue a new basketball framework.
The presidents of the seven schools made the announcement Saturday, saying it was a unanimous vote. The schools are: DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova.
Big East spokesperson John Paquette told ESPN.com the seven schools will leave on June 30, 2015, per conference bylaws.
The move leaves Connecticut, a founding member of the league in 1979, Cincinnati and South Florida -- three current members with FBS football programs -- up in the air concerning their futures.
This post was edited by WBill19542 19 months ago
rip the big east
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Flashback to Elite 8 game v Louisville. Cards favored to beat us and put 3rd BigEast team in Final 4. ESPN was slobbering all over the conference. Then we knocked 2 of them out in six days and Nova also loses. It was all downhill from there with their weird football geography certainly putting them in the death spiral. Sure happened fast.
It's a town full of losers. I'm pulling out of here to win!
Gottlieb just noted, The Big East was created in the 80's by cable TV money that was largely being spent on college basketball.
Since then the cable TV bucks migrated to football, leaving a basketball only conference an antique.
Besides the SEC and B1G, I don't even know who's in what conference anymore.
Not really ALL downhill from there, considering the conference won a title in 2011. But yeah, otherwise your point stands and it's interesting to think about.
won't this make the big east stronger? now they can concentrate on the real revenue producers...
Ohio is in the MAC. ;)
Big EAst is going to become C-USA circa 2000, and that us if they are lucky.
Makes the Cincy job look less appealing.
One of the big six football conferences down. One more to go and then we have an eight game playoff ... 16 team conferences with winner of each eight team sub division going to the Elite football eight or the four conference championship games ... Winner of each go to the final four. Then there are no more rankings. B12 or ACC is next and my dream scenario is complete. If PAC 12 gets say Texas Oklahoma Oklahoma state and Kansas to get to 16 then the B12 is dead.
Grant of Rights in the Big 12 guarantees no school is moving before 2025.
Yeah, like Tulane and Temple.
Smart move by these 7 schools. They are all Catholic institutions that prioritize basketball ahead of football. They needed to get out of that clusterfuck that is the Big East(ern 99% of the country.)
Assuming they expand with more Catholic institutions, the question is would this conference eventually sponsor FCS football? While they want the conference to be a basketball conference, football could provide some decent revenue for the fledgling conference.
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I say no. That's what got them in trouble in the first place. I think you're looking at Xavier, Butler, Dayton and St. Louis to round out the West and a choice of one more school to round out the East (UMass or VCU). That gives you 12, split into 2 divisions. You play 2 against each school in your division and 1 against each in the other division. 16 conference games. Or you add 1 more to each division, work it the same and play 18 conference games.
If you know the history of the Big East and these schools (at least the "core 5" who were original BE members), these schools were always uneasy about the shifting focus to football first. They're not going down that road again. I don't even think they would give UConn shelter for all sports other than football because they know that UConn would be gone as soon as they get a bcs landing spot (though they may never get that).
After Denard4Heisman in the Forks Down thread, posts by Y2K are so refreshing.
They will have to pick up at least one more team. St. Joes, Lasalle, Fordham, St Bonaventure and Dayton would fit in. The 7 schools must have another team or conference lined up.
Well ... if they go 10, I'd imagine they could add: Xavier, St Louis, and either Butler or Dayton. This creates two 5-team divisions (5 eastern schools and 5 western schools).
If they go 12, they could add: both Butler and Dayton along with St Joes and two 6-team divisions (6 eastern schools and 6 western schools).
Butler is the only one there that isn't a private Catholic school and their enrollment is pretty small compared to the other schools except Providence.
There once was a time when U of Detroit would be in the middle of such plans.
UMass and VCU don't fit the private Catholic school template though - both being non-religious public institutions.
Heck, UMass is an FBS football school now too.
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Of course he knows that. That is Michigan's biggest rival.
Of course, still thinking about it ... not sure that Villanova would want St Joes in the conference.
It's bad when 7 Catholic schools feel their chances of maintaining success are better by leaving the Big East to form their own league. Rutgers is laughing their asses off right now.
One post that I saw:
St Mary's, CA
Not sure that I see the likes of Georgetown, St Johns, etc. wanting teams like Duquesne in their conference though.
Hmm all but ND leave the Big East when they could be the 8th team for the league
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