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Big East 7 to raid Atlantic 10 teams?

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09:38 AM ET 12.15 | The seven Catholic schools -- or Group of Seven -- that comprise the core of the Big East Conference are about to play a game they have come to despise. It's called, "Raid Another Conference." With that in mind, the presidents of the Atlantic 10 Conference have scheduled a meeting for Thursday with the intent of trying to solidify commitments from their membership, The Post has learned. According to a person with direct knowledge of the meeting, the A-10 is well aware league members Dayton, St. Louis and Xavier, have "one foot out the door," to join the Group of Seven in a new conference. A Post source also said Creighton has been contacted by representatives of the seven Catholic schools that are leaving the Big East. The Group of Seven is looking to add five teams to get to a 12-team league with Eastern and Western Divisions. Creighton, located in Omaha, Neb., could join with Butler, Dayton, DePaul, Marquette, St. Louis and Xavier in a Western Division. Duquesne also has emerged as a school of interest because it would get the Group of Seven back into Pittsburgh and it has upgraded its facilities with the opening of the Power Center in 2007.

New York Post

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December 15, 2012  09:43 AM ET

And so it begins.. again!!

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December 15, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Conference realignment sucks....


...but I don't blame these schools at all.

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December 15, 2012  11:02 AM ET

But they will feel guilty afterword, they promise.

December 15, 2012  11:42 AM ET
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But they will feel guilty afterword, they promise.

Catholic schools..."Guilt 101" is part of freshman orientation...

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December 15, 2012  11:59 AM ET
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Catholic schools..."Guilt 101" is part of freshman orientation...

LOL You got that.

December 15, 2012  01:31 PM ET

This idea is so good.

December 15, 2012  02:10 PM ET

They would even have perfect names for their divisions. 'Catholic' and 'Protestant'.

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December 15, 2012  10:53 PM ET

I'm getting sick of this conference crap

December 16, 2012  02:05 AM ET
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I'm getting sick of this conference crap

In this case, though, I really feel for the schools. BCS football greed has really destroyed what used to be an (or maybe, the) elite basketball conference. I think they took Notre Dame's defection to the ACC as their cue that it was past the time to move on.

December 16, 2012  10:27 AM ET
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Or, just voted the kick out the remainder of the football schools.

And Boyzee would be left holding the bag.

December 16, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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Catholic schools..."Guilt 101" is part of freshman orientation...

good one

December 16, 2012  10:29 AM ET

One thing is for sure. It will morph into one kick-**** bball conference.

December 16, 2012  10:30 AM ET

Sunday morning quad for da buckeye boy. O H

 
December 16, 2012  11:00 AM ET

There are several conferences primarily in the northeast and midwest with 9,11,or 13 members and I really think the 'Big 7' will look at non-Catholic universities. I really don't want to see some merger for a 16-20 team mega conference,although that makes it more attractive to the TV networks.

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