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08:13 AM ET 12.14 | A new Big East? Marquette's new basketball-centric athletic conference will include 10 or 12 teams, have a reasonable television contract and possible rotating sites for its league tournament, according to university sources. The Golden Eagles will join six other former members of the Big East: Georgetown, St. John's, Providence, DePaul, Seton Hall and Villanova. Butler and Xavier could leave the Atlantic 10 to join the new unnamed league. ... If the Big East Conference dissolves, the new league would consider adopting the Big East name. ... With the addition of Butler, which has made two of the past three Final Fours, there is a possibility that the first league tournament could be played at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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December 14, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Go Dogs! I would love to see Butler included in that mix. They've earned it.

December 14, 2012  08:51 AM ET

East
Saint Joseph's
Georgetown
Providence
St. John's
Seton Hall
Villanova
UMass

West
Xavier
Butler
Dayton
DePaul
Illinois-Chicago
Saint Louis
Marquette

December 14, 2012  08:53 AM ET

BE should collapse in upon itself and be reshaped into the NE b'ball conference it's meant to be.

December 14, 2012  08:55 AM ET

Still workin that booger.

December 14, 2012  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

EastSaint Joseph'sGeorgetown Providence St. John'sSeton HallVillanovaUMassWestXavierButlerDaytonDePaulIllinois-ChicagoSaint LouisMarquette

Impressive bball right there. Would not want to run that gauntlet every year.

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December 14, 2012  10:31 AM ET

The Big East basketball tournament in Madison Square Garden was always a must-see event because of the teams and the talent on display. It will never be the same IMO.

December 14, 2012  10:46 AM ET
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The 7 Big East BBall schools need to do this...dont want to become irrelevant..

Get a basketball only conference and work a TV deal out with a quickness.

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December 14, 2012  11:33 AM ET
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Me too, still a big to do.

Really? Without Syracuse, Georgetown, St. John's, Providence, DePaul, Seton Hall and Villanova?

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December 14, 2012  12:07 PM ET
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A new world order of the Big East, did WWF buy them too?

Why would the World Wildlife Federation be interested in college bball.

December 14, 2012  12:44 PM ET

Now if only Boise St would pull the trigger and scurry back to the Mountain West and render Big LEast the Big Deceased.

December 14, 2012  01:17 PM ET
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Butler??? WHAT???!!!

Cheating Dukies:
The lawsuit brought against the former Duke basketball player, Lance Thomas, by jeweler Rafaello & Co., will never go to trial. How very convenient for Coach K and Puke basketball.
Except it really isn't convenient at all. Not if Puke still wants to be what it bills itself to be and Coach K still wants to be who he says he is.
Honest. Playing by the rules. A cut above the dirty, conniving mainstream.
The settlement reached between Rafaello & Co. and Thomas, who allegedly failed to finish paying off nearly $100,000 in jewelry purchased while still playing college basketball, ostensibly gives both parties NCAA cover. Nobody on either side is likely to be compelled to cooperate with the joint investigations by Duke and NCAA Enforcement into how then-senior Thomas paid 30 grand for bling in 2009, with nearly $68,000 more in credit. Especially since a confidentiality agreement was part of the settlement.
Nobody with a functioning brain needs a formal investigation to tell us that this deal smells funny. Like so many other things that just seem to happen in college sports, it doesn't pass the smell test.

But this is choir boy Mike and Dukie bball. It must be clean.

Go ahead Doc stick your head back up your fairy tale **** and pretend away that all is pure in Puke land.

December 14, 2012  01:34 PM ET
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Cheating Dukies:The lawsuit brought against the former Duke basketball player, Lance Thomas, by jeweler Rafaello & Co., will never go to trial. How very convenient for Coach K and Puke basketball.Except it really isn't convenient at all. Not if Puke still wants to be what it bills itself to be and Coach K still wants to be who he says he is.Honest. Playing by the rules. A cut above the dirty, conniving mainstream.The settlement reached between Rafaello & Co. and Thomas, who allegedly failed to finish paying off nearly $100,000 in jewelry purchased while still playing college basketball, ostensibly gives both parties NCAA cover. Nobody on either side is likely to be compelled to cooperate with the joint investigations by Duke and NCAA Enforcement into how then-senior Thomas paid 30 grand for bling in 2009, with nearly $68,000 more in credit. Especially since a confidentiality agreement was part of the settlement.Nobody with a functioning brain needs a formal investigation to tell us that this deal smells funny. Like so many other things that just seem to happen in college sports, it doesn't pass the smell test.But this is choir boy Mike and Dukie bball. It must be clean.Go ahead Doc stick your head back up your fairy tale **** and pretend away that all is pure in Puke land.

Maurice Clarett says hello.

 
December 14, 2012  01:52 PM ET

Their on the right track, but it won't be just 8 teams. You can almost automatically throw in Dayton and St. Louis (maybe Evansville and Creighton, too). You could even conceivably add Notre Dame, since they want to keep their football program independant. ESPN was reporting that it could be as many as 21 schools, but that's too many for one conference. There are plenty of good-to-great private schools with strong (non-football) athletics programs in the Midwest and Northeast. It would be one heck of a gauntlet to run through for a season, though.

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