Seven Big East basketball teams leaving conference

Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:45pm EST

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(The Sports Xchange) The seven Catholic schools in the Big East that do not have Football Bowl Subdivision teams unanimously voted Saturday to take their men's basketball teams out of the conference, ESPN reported.

St. John's president Rev. Donald J. Harrington scheduled a news conference for 4:30 p.m. ET.

DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova will leave the Big East on June 30, 2015. They will pursue another framework for their basketball teams.

The conference future of remaining Big East members Connecticut, Cincinnati and South Florida -- which have FBS programs -- is uncertain.

"Earlier today we voted unanimously to pursue an orderly evolution to a foundation of basketball schools that honors the history and tradition on which the Big East was established," the seven presidents said in a joint statement. "Under the current context of conference realignment, we believe pursuing a new basketball framework that builds on this tradition of excellence and competition is the best way forward."

The Big East will have 12 teams in its conference for football starting next season. Boise State and San Diego State join the Big East in football only next season. Rutgers and Louisville are leaving the conference after next season.

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justifiable wrote:

Dec 15, 2012 7:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
justifiable wrote:
I really am afraid that the religious folks in America are becoming
so irrational that they will soon lose what little following that they have left.
Maybe it’s time for the church to mind it’s own bussiness.
God knows you have done a poor job of that lately.
Get out of politics & sports.
Spend more time policing your own flock and maybe,just maybe, some of the lambs may return.

Dec 15, 2012 7:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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