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08:18 AM ET 12.13 | The Big East may soon be dealt perhaps its biggest blow yet. The presidents of the Big East's seven Catholic, non-Football Bowl Subdivision schools are expected to decide on their future in the Big East in the coming days, and it "would be an upset" if they remained in the league, sources told ESPN. The seven schools -- DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova -- are "close to a consensus on what they want to do next," a source said Wednesday. The presidents of the seven schools are scheduled to conduct a teleconference with Big East commissioner Mike Aresco on Thursday and are expected to issue a statement on their schools' future in the next 24 to 48 hours.

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December 13, 2012  08:38 AM ET

They bring in more money in bball than the football schools can lol!

December 13, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Big East 2.0. Maybe it's time redress past wrongs and add Holy Cross?

December 13, 2012  08:52 AM ET

They need to just dissolve the current conferences & create 4 big conferences: North, South, East, West, & do away with this conference-switching nonsense!

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December 13, 2012  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

They need to just dissolve the current conferences & create 4 big conferences: North, South, East, West, & do away with this conference-switching nonsense!

Yep....


...and CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT SUCKS

December 13, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Stick a fork in them. They're done.

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December 13, 2012  09:25 AM ET

I've already forecast the future of CFB's top division with four conferences of 32 teams apiece. Each conference has four divisions and holds its own 4-team championship playoff within the span of two weekends in early December. The four conference champions meet for a national championship playoff over the span of two weekends in late December - early January. This arrangement does nothing to quell the never-ending argument about which team deserves to be NC. Additionally, intra-conference play requirements make OOC match-ups rarer, boosting the otherwise diminished value of Bowl games.

Bowls exist as invitational exhibitions, matching teams from other than the conference champions bound for the NC playoff. Bowl organizers also host special challenge tourneys between NCAA top division schools and schools from the next lower division wishing to displace them. The situation does nothing to deflate arguments about conference relative strength. Indeed, the opposite is true, with much discussion and media attention given at the conference division level.

Lower division schools wishing to move up to the top division must displace an existing member. They issue challenges much like alternates do in large marching bands. The basis for petitions include academics and other dry criteria, but, for the fans, the critical part is the athletic contests in at least four sports - 2 women's teams and two men's teams, one of which is always the football teams. The conferences and NCAA rule that the challenge is legit, and the two schools must complete all matches within one period of concurrent seasons (Thus, the Bowl organizers facilitating 4-sport events). From the time a challenge becomes official, these must be organized within the span of a graduating class. If a challenged top division school is uncooperative, the NCAA can rule such and demote them. "Demotion" replaces the "death penalty" as the most feared and despised sanction.

As you can now see, this future will settle no arguments arising from our current situation. It will simply compound these arguments with new ones, among which will be, "Is the current arrangement better than previous ones, and how can it be made better, still?"

December 13, 2012  09:26 AM ET

Big East is gone.

Within the next few years there will be only 4 superconferences and then a ton of mids.

SEC, BIG 1G, Pac-12 and Big 12

December 13, 2012  09:30 AM ET

Actually, the BE b'ball schools are going at this all wrong. They need to revolt, overthrow the current BE leadership and reset the BE as a b'ball-centric conference with other sports (lacrosse, volleyball, yadda yadda). Members which do field football teams will be free to make football-only associations with other conferences. This is the future of the BE. It either gets their through revolution or the "BE" brand dies.

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December 13, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Actually, the BE b'ball schools are going at this all wrong. They need to revolt, overthrow the current BE leadership and reset the BE as a b'ball-centric conference with other sports (lacrosse, volleyball, yadda yadda). Members which do field football teams will be free to make football-only associations with other conferences. This is the future of the BE. It either gets their through revolution or the "BE" brand dies.

Except this was kind of how Big East football started, with a bunch of football independents with conference tie-ins for other sports (Miami, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, West Virginia, Temple), along with two existing Big East schools, Pitt and BC. The problem is that more conferences now have football (SunBelt didn't have football, and the C-USA's predecessor, the Metro, didn't either) than used to, and they don't want someone to play in their conference for most sports and play their football elsewhere.

December 13, 2012  10:33 AM ET

#10, Tinman, Love your comment. This would give the sports talking heads more fodder than they now have to spin,dip and dis to their hearts' content.

December 13, 2012  10:53 AM ET
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Big East 2.0. Maybe it's time redress past wrongs and add Holy Cross?

St Bonaventure

December 13, 2012  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Big East 2.0. Maybe it's time redress past wrongs and add Holy Cross?

HC would have to make a committment to recruiting, scholarships and facilities and their Board may not be prepared to spend that type of money.
Why do they need to; the school is focused on academics, they made a decision twenty years or more ago to back out of Division I athletic competition and there is no reason not to continue as is.

 
December 13, 2012  10:59 AM ET
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St Bonaventure

That makes sense, the Bonnies are still a competitive D-I team.

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