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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:32 AM

Big East's direction concerns conference's catholic schools

Sources said the New York meeting was the first among the seven schools (Marquette, DePaul, St. John's, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall and Villanova) and could ultimately lead to them splitting from the Big East's football members.

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At issue is whether the Big East basketball-only schools have the power to dissolve the league and retain all the assets and brand name. A source with knowledge of the situation said until July 1 the seven have the majority votes and the necessary three-fourths to have controlling power. There are only three remaining football members -- Connecticut, Cincinnati and South Florida.

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The seven schools are concerned about the additions of full members Memphis, Temple, Tulane, Central Florida, SMU and Houston and football only member East Carolina over the next two years to replace departing Syracuse, Pitt, Louisville, Rutgers and Notre Dame.

"The basketball schools are not thrilled with Tulane and what they will do to the league's RPI," said a league source from a football-playing member. "They were not all that excited with that addition."

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8735330/big-east-direction-concerns-conference-catholic-schools-sources-say

Pretty good article, well worth the full read.

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Reply Big East's direction concerns conference's catholic schools (Original post)
JonLP24 Dec 2012 OP
JonLP24 Dec 2012 #1
RagAss Dec 2012 #2
Condem Dec 2012 #3
JonLP24 Dec 2012 #4
Condem Dec 2012 #5
madinmaryland Dec 2012 #6
JonLP24 Dec 2012 #7
Condem Dec 2012 #8
madinmaryland Dec 2012 #9

Response to JonLP24 (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:23 PM

1. Atlantic 10 open to adding Big East basketball schools, creating 21-team conference

The process looks to be in the process of starting

From the link in the OP: Of course, the A-10 could try to poach the departing schools before it would suffer a grab by this possible new conglomerate.

The Atlantic 10 has discussed the possibility of a 21-team basketball league in the event that the changing conference landscape makes high-profile Big East schools available, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com Tuesday.

The A-10 has been proactive over the last year, strengthening its brand as a high-profile basketball conference with the additions of Butler and VCU, two programs that were in the 2011 Final Four.

The A-10 currently is a 16-team conference for the 2012-13 season, but Temple and Charlotte are set to leave for the Big East and Conference USA, respectively.

The 21-team model would occur if the A-10 were to add the seven Big East Catholic schools (Marquette, DePaul, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova) that met Sunday in New York with Big East commissioner Mike Aresco to go over their options.

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8736716/atlantic-10-open-adding-big-east-basketball-schools-creating-21-team-conference-source

The two parts I wanted to post in the OP is that the Big East probably wouldn't dissolve if Temple could exchange full membership for the deciding 4th vote. The basketball schools can't take the brand w/ them if that's the case. The second part is the basketball schools could start a new basketball conference, but it seems the A10 is in the process to stop that before it starts by "poaching".

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Response to JonLP24 (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:27 PM

2. Add Xavier and start the Catholic Conference.

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Response to JonLP24 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:25 PM

3. Barring some unforeseen event it looks like the Big East is toast...

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Response to Condem (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:43 PM

4. 7 voted to leave

It appears that they intend to start another basketball conference, I didn't realize initially they could get the auto bid since they played together the past 5 years.
http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8749700/seven-schools-decide-leave-big-east-pursue-new-basketball-framework

I hear rumors that they are plan on targeting Butler, St. Louis, Creighton, and others.

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Response to JonLP24 (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 08:04 PM

5. The University of Dayton, Jon.

My alma mater. Great move. Football drives the bus but the last time I checked there was more to life. Awesome!!

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Response to Condem (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 09:36 PM

6. What conference has Dayton been in? Were they in Conference USA or whatever they call themselves

this week?

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:08 PM

7. Atlantic 10

It appears this new basketball conference is planning to poach the A-10 when the A-10 wants some or all of the 7 schools.

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 09:16 AM

8. LOL!!!

Ohio Northern?!? Is that NAIA?

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Response to Condem (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 11:16 AM

9. Div III

Where athletes are there for an education.

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