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Report: Big East considering 'tweaks' to conference name

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer
The Big East will stretch to California and Idaho for football in 2013 . (US Presswire)

When the Big East announced the football-only additions of Boise State and San Diego State to the league membership, the conference seemed more "Big" and less "East." Combined with the all-sport additions of Memphis, Houston, SMU , and UCF in 2013; the league now spans the entire country. Conference USA is already taken, but the Big East is reportedly considering a name change.

A report in Businessweek.com cites comments from interim commissioner Joe Bailey, who reportedly said at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in New York the league is considering the possibilities of a different name to replace "Big East."

"The unintended consequences of adding new schools is that all of a sudden the Big East is a national conference," Bailey said. "It extends to four time zones in major markets. In one sense, it almost represents the United States in that diversity."

Bailey told the group that the Big East has commissioned a study to consider alternative names for the conference. What would you suggest for the league? Let us know in the comment section below, on Facebook, or give your Big East name idea to us on Twitter.

UPDATE: Via SB Nation's Mark Ennis, a Big East conference official said any talk of a name change is "theoretical at best." The entire conference brand will be reviewed with expansion, but the conference name is unlikely to change.

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