Since the group of basketball schools known as the Catholic 7 will be taking the name Big East with them to their new conference, that leaves the conference currently known as the Big East in search of a new name.
According, to ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy, while the name isn't by any means official, the early favorite for the Big East's new name is the America 12 Conference.
Which is a name that explains itself as the conference will have 12 schools that are all currently located within the borders of the United States. Though that could change when countries begin realigning the same way that college conferences do.
That's right, Buffalo, Canada's coming for you.
As for the name itself, it's hard to get too bent out of shape over it considering that it's not official and that conference names really don't mean anything anymore, anyway -- the Big 12 has 10 schools, the Big Ten will soon have 14 -- but I'm not a huge fan of it. The Metro Conference was a suggestion that I read in multiple places and liked because it fit, considering all the schools in the conference are from metropolitan areas.
But, like I said, at the end of the day it's just the name of a conference. It doesn't matter, as it's only a matter of time until we're all subjected to "The SEC presented by Chick-fil-A Conference," anyway.
UPDATE: During a conference call on Friday Big East commisioner Mike Aresco said "we have not chosen a new conference name at this time and there are no favorites."
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