The Old Big East Gets An Uninspired New Name

With the defection of the "Catholic 7," and the loss of the Big East name, the conference formerly known as the Big East needed a new moniker. Something that feels focus-grouped to death. Something that emphasizes its spiritual co-option of Conference USA's "we'll take anyone" business plan. Something inclusive of the… » 4/04/13 8:54am 4/04/13 8:54am

The Leftover Big East Signs A TV Deal For Almost $1 Billion Less Than…

Realignment is a massive game of musical chairs, and the tone-deaf Big East didn't hear the music stop. The conference, under John Marinatto, was convinced only a few megapowers would be left standing. They were right. Their mistake was thinking they were one of them. That's why they lost every program of value, and… » 3/19/13 6:26pm 3/19/13 6:26pm

Louisville Beats Villanova, Hangs With Bill Clinton

Fourth-ranked Louisville rolled over Villanova, a 74-55 trouncing that was both expected and cursory. It sets up a final four showdown with Notre Dame tonight, while Syracuse and Georgetown face off again in the other semifinal. While the Big East tournament isn't dead, it will be different. The current configuration… » 3/15/13 9:00am 3/15/13 9:00am

Why Is Everyone Eulogizing The Big East Tournament? It's Not Going…

Here we go again. This week's Big East tournament, we're being told, will be the last of its kind. The league is being torn asunder in this new, mutable world of college athletics in which money, suddenly, is a priority. It's a shame and a sin, the eulogies say, with the wistful, shattered air of a tribute to a… » 3/12/13 5:17pm 3/12/13 5:17pm

The Old Big East Is Considering A Suitably Bland New Name

With the Big East ceding its name to the breakaway faction of basketball schools known as the Catholic 7, the old, orphaned Big East has until July 1 to come up with something to call itself. And while there's been no official announcement, ESPN's Brett McMurphy is reporting that the a favorite has emerged, and that… » 3/08/13 12:05pm 3/08/13 12:05pm

Boise State Is Boning The Big East Before Their First Date

Never mind that it's located some 2,700 miles from the league office in Providence, R.I.: Boise State decided last year that it was all set to join the Big East for football next year. The move lacked geographic sense, but it made perfect football sense because it gave the upstart Broncos a place at the BCS » 12/31/12 4:15pm 12/31/12 4:15pm

Cincinnati And UConn Said To Ponder Starting Yet Another…

With the Big East in full meltdown mode, two of the traditional basketball powers are considering a move to the ACC—or, barring that, UConn and Cincinnati will take their ball and go start their own conference, according to The Sporting News. The only flaw in this plan is that the new conference would blanket the… » 12/15/12 8:49pm 12/15/12 8:49pm

Nate Silver Argues That The Breakaway Big East Teams Have A Chance To…

News came down today that the Big East's non-FBS football schools have officially decided to leave the conference, a decision made by unanimous vote and one we've been expecting for a few days. It's easy to feel a little fearful about the Big East's basketball powers (sans UConn) striking out on their own—the Big East… » 12/15/12 5:00pm 12/15/12 5:00pm

What's Next For The Big East's Non-Football Schools?

So what do the Big East's non-football schools do now that they've pulled the old it's-not-you-it's-me routine and broken up with the Big East? They can form their own seven-team conference, but a basketball league with Georgetown, Villanova, and Marquette isn't all that appealing when it also only includes St. John's, … » 12/14/12 6:40pm 12/14/12 6:40pm

It Looks Like The Big East's Non-Football Schools Are Jumping Ship

ESPN is reporting that the Big East's seven non-football schools are planning to leave the conference, with an announcement coming within the next two days. The presidents of Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova, St. John's, Providence, Seton Hall, and DePaul met in New York on Sunday and had a teleconference with the Big… » 12/13/12 1:30pm 12/13/12 1:30pm

By Adding Tulane And East Carolina, The Big East's Takeover Of…

Oh, look: The Big East is adding teams again, because why not? West Virginia already bolted, Pitt and Syracuse will be gone next year, and Rutgers the year after that (if not sooner). What better solution, then, than to add Tulane for all sports and East Carolina for football? » 11/27/12 1:00pm 11/27/12 1:00pm

Jerry Reinsdorf Will Basically Bribe DePaul To Move To The United…

DePaul's in the market for a new basketball arena. Currently they're way out at the Allstate Arena, next to the airport, but they'd really like to be closer to campus, or at least somewhere in Chicago. Rocky Wirtz and (especially) Jerry Reinsdorf want them to make the United Center their home, and they're making the… » 11/19/12 3:25pm 11/19/12 3:25pm

Reports: The Big Ten Wants Maryland And Rutgers

Pat Forde and ESPN are reporting that serious talks are afoot to fold Maryland and Rutgers into the Big Ten. Not only would that create a 14-member conference that'd surely be the biggest Ten in the world, it would reopen the scabby wound of major conference realignment. The ACC, the Terps' current home, would be pared … » 11/17/12 6:58pm 11/17/12 6:58pm

A Philadelphia Team Is In The Big East West

Sorry, it was physically not possible to make that headline any less confusing while remaining factually accurate. The Big East, in the midst of major realignment, is going to look a lot different next year. Commissioner Mike Aresco announced today that the 12-team conference will be split into two divisions, with a… » 11/13/12 3:05pm 11/13/12 3:05pm

Jim Calhoun Is Gone And UCONN Basketball May Follow Him Out The Door

The state of Connecticut's highest paid employee announced his retirement on Wednesday: The press and other members of the college basketball world greeted Jim Calhoun's retirement from UCONN basketball (after 26 years and national championships in 1999, 2004 and 2011) with, mostly, a predictable whitewash of his… » 9/15/12 9:00am 9/15/12 9:00am