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Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:51 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 1:55 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

On Tuesday, the Big East held their annual meeting of the school Presidents in Philadelphia. As expected, commissioner John Marinatto used the gathering as an opportunity to get the official votes from league members regarding the specific plan for conference expansion. After the meeting, Marinatto provided a veiled update on the league's plan and timetable regarding expansion and the exit process for West Virginia.

“Our Presidents voted unanimously to extend invitations to specific institutions, including both football-only and all-sport members to join the Big East Conference," Marinatto explained in his official statement.  "I will be speaking to representatives of those schools shortly and look forward to announcing with them their acceptance into the Big East. The addition of these members will extend our reach, bring us to exciting new markets, strengthen our status within the BCS, and lay the foundation for possible further expansion, all while maintaining the high quality and standards our Conference is known for.

“In light of the lawsuit filed by West Virginia yesterday, the Presidents also discussed and confirmed our continuing commitment to enforce the Conference’s 27-month notification period for schools choosing to leave. The Conference believes these claims to be wholly without merit and will explore all its legal options to protect its interests and to ensure that West Virginia lives up to its obligations.”

There are not too many surprises in this update, including the clarification that both football-only and all-sports invitations will be extended. Navy, Air Force, and Boise State are expected to be among the football-only invitations, while Conference USA schools UCF, Houston, and SMU have been awaiting official invitations to join in all sports since the 12-team football expansion plans began taking shape.

The real development in the statement is the league's plan to hold West Virginia to the 27-month withdrawal period. CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy detailed West Virginia's lawsuit against the Big East hoping for an exit in time to compete in the Big 12 for the 2012-2013 academic year. In the Big 12's teleconference, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck explained that "our team is working with their team" to make it happen. Marinatto's statement on Tuesday suggests that this may be a more difficult process than the Mountaineers originally imagined.

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Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:42 am
 

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

BSU needs to be in the Big 12..... BSU needs to play Houston in a bowl game...will solve everybody's problems.....GET INTO AN AQ OR SCHEDULE A BOAT LOAD OF GOOD OC TEAMS AND SHUT THE F UP. SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING THIS BSU CRAP YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT..... THE GRAY UNIFORM TOP IS JUST AS BAD AS A BLUE TOP ON THAT PIECE OF CRAP BLUE FIELD...YOU KEEP DOING STUFF LIKE THAT FIELD AND SCHEDULING ONE TEAM PER YEAR AT THE START OF THE SEASON THAT HAS A PULSE AND YOU EXPECT THE REST OF US TO JUMP ON YOUR BAND WAGON?  YOU HAVE ENOUGH OF THE HUMAN POLL PEOPLE ON YOUR SIDE THAT EVEN A CLEMSON COULDN'T GET DESPITE THEIR MUCH HARDER SCHEDULE....

PLAY HOUSTON AFTER JANUARY 1ST AND GO AWAY.  JOIN AN AQ AND SINK INTO OBLIVION.






Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

Big EAST??? ...with Houston, SMU, Air Force (football only) and Boise State (football only).  What a joke Marinatto is.  He's the reason for the mad exodus of the schools...and it's not over yet.  I have to believe that 2 or even 3 others will follow within the next year or so as the ACC, Big 12 and even Big Ten revaluate.



Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

Is that a picture of Marinatto or Danny Devito as the Penguin?



Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

Thats ok Panther Lair the West Virginian fan base has issues counting and history when all there use too is looking at the pictures in Morgantown Daily newspaper.  If you have ever been down there in Morgantown it would remind you of the movie Deliverence in a football atmosphere. 



Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

To Steely72: When did South Carolina re-join the ACC? I must have missed that one.




Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

Shadow,


Just to keep your facts straight as far as us "sucking at football"    WVU all time record against Pitt:   39-61-3.   According to my calculations that equates to a LOSING record. Plus you guys have how many national championships?.....that's what i thought. So given all these FACTS.....who really sucks?



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

Pitt diehard did the guy below me say???? You guys suck at football....Anyways Big East is dead we were the last hope and this commish is terrible. Now all of a sudden he is trying to make moves because he has a lawsuit ! Too late..U did nothing to prevent the Big East from falling apart , you waited around collecting your money thinking everything would be ok. 



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

The Big East deserved a better deal than the one Swofford meted out. All of these teams (and several others) deserve to be in a conference with AQ status, but the BCS created its own little exclusive, elitist mess. Now the power conferences can pick over the others arbitrarily. Remember when the fans thought that the NCAA had an oversight function. All of these movements are ultimately regressive for college football. Pretty sad.




Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

My guess is that all the schools voted on turning down the deal.  Makes you wonder if they turned it down knowing that some would jump ship so to speak. 




Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

Bring Temple back into the fold!



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