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

NHL Realignment, In One Handy Graphic

Thanks to NHL.com for putting this one together. It becomes super-easy to visualize the new format, which was approved by the NHL's Board of Governors today and will go into effect next season. Four divisions, two conferences. It'll mean more rivalry games, every team playing in every arena every season, and, aside… » 3/14/13 2:19pm 3/14/13 2:19pm

The NHL Appears Ready For Radical Four-Conference Realignment

A year ago, the NHL introduced a major realignment plan. Gone were the six divisions, and two conferences. In were four geographic conference, with the winners of each thrown into a final four for the Stanley Cup. The Board of Governor's approved the plan, but it was essentially scuttled by the lockout. Citing… » 2/25/13 3:25pm 2/25/13 3:25pm

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

Maryland And Rutgers Are Joining The Big Ten Because They Have To

As expected, the Big Ten will now be 14. Maryland and Rutgers have let it be known they plan to abandon the ACC and the Big East, respectively, beginning in 2014. The motivation for all involved is plain: The Big Ten gets more of an East Coast footprint, and one that kinda-sorta touches the D.C. and New York markets… » 11/19/12 4:10pm 11/19/12 4:10pm

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… » 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

Here's West Virginia's Lawsuit Against The Big East, Which Is "No…

On Friday, West Virginia announced that they're heading to the Big 12, which was a poorly kept secret. So poorly kept that the Big East has been preparing a lawsuit to force them to honor the terms of their agreement: that departing schools must stay in the conference for 27 months before leaving. Today, WVU beat them… » 10/31/11 5:00pm 10/31/11 5:00pm

The Big East Is Reaping What Its Founder Sowed

Since when did Dave Gavitt become a paragon for all that is harmonious and decent and noble in college sports? Gavitt, who died a week ago today at the age of 73, was the founder and first commissioner of the Big East. And because Pitt and Syracuse have decided to seek higher ground by airlifting themselves to the… » 9/23/11 11:45am 9/23/11 11:45am