Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Big East basketball schools discussing splitting off, and taking the name "Big East" with them.

The never-ending one step forward-two steps back dance of the Big East is taking another turn for the worse as the conference's basketball-only schools are talking about splitting off, and taking the name "Big East" with them.

The schools discussing leaving the conference and taking their ball with them  are DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, and Villanova.

"At issue is whether the Big East basketball-only schools have the power to dissolve the league, and retain all the assets and brand name. A source with knowledge of the situation said that until July 1, the seven have the majority votes and the necessary three-fourths to have controlling power. There are only three remaining football members -- Connecticut, Cincinnati and South Florida."

The seven schools don't like the direction the Big East is going in between the defections of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, and the additions of more football-centric schools such as Central Florida, Houston, SMU, Temple, and Tulane.

(via ESPN)