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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.'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 23, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:20 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

All I can say is good bye BIG EAST Hello ACC.  I am a PITT diehard and welcome the yearly visits to BC Miami and Virginia Tech again along with Syrcuse.  And WOW how about Georgia Tech, Florida State, Maryland, Virginia, and South Caroline.  ANd the ACC BAsketball with Wake Forest Duke and North Carolina.  BIG EASY to circling the toilet bowl.  THATS an AWSOME idea.  Lets give the BIG EASY tthe BCS bid to the Toilet Bowl.  Got to love that.  Don't worry the BCS automatic bid will go to the 2nd place team in the ACC where it is more deserving.  GOOD BYE BIG EAST.  The people incharge run it about as good as OBAMA and crew ran the country.  Striaght into the ground.

Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:08 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

The Big East should just invite the following schools: Marshall, Temple, Buffalo, UCF, Memphis, and  ECU.

Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:58 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

You have three teams in top 25 of coaches and AP polls that's the same as Pac12 and ACC . They might not have name schools but they are as competitive on the field as those two ther conferences

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:48 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

Three years ago, I bet Marinatto and the Big East were talking about how Boise State didn't belong in the BCS picture and didn't play a strong enough schedule.  Now, they're suddenly chummy with Boise State and looking forward to them rescuing their conference and BCS status.  They're even willing to overlook the fact that the school is over 2000 miles away from most of the schools.  And they're willing to travel their teams to Boise, Id on a regular basis.

I agree with what other people are saying.  This won't be the Big East anymore.  It's essentially Conference USA now.  They should re-name the conference Big Conference USA.  It implies that the conference is inferior and describes the geographical footprint as they travel all over the country for a single regular season game.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:46 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

Look at that picture looks like a Halloween costume

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:42 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

I'm a Big East fan and it sucks whats happening to my conference. We new our place as a football conference that we were one of the bottom 3 BCS. But if it all comes down to pain in the a** John Marinatto being the one who didnt sign tv deal or screwed up someway. Couldnt the other schools force him to step down and then get someone they wanted in there. Then add the Boise St & AF,Navy to your conf that way. I know its way to gone but couldnt they have  just got rid of that guy?

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:34 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

No thanks... I like the 24 or 32 team model that was proposed a few weeks ago that is more geographically pleasing... the Big East can remain so to speak, but it's one of four divisions.  It's also hard to tell who will be around as the Big 12 might still come calling for Louisville and someone else (BYU, Cincinnati)?

For now, i'd go something like this (24 teams, 4 divisions of 6, teams listed with their new pseudo-rival)

WEST - Hawaii, San Diego State,  Fresno State, Nevada,  BYU, Boise State
MIDWEST - Air Force, Colorado State,  New Mexico, Tulsa,  Houston, SMU
SOUTH - Tulane, S. Mississippi,  C. Florida, S. Florida,  E. Carolina, Louisville
EAST - Cincinnati, Rutgers,  UConn, Temple,  Army, Navy

Two highest rated teams play a conference title game and hopefully AQ status... which right now would be Boise State vs Houston (Kellen Moore vs Case Keenum with berth to Fiesta Bowl on the line?  That's not bad at all.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:27 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

BannedSleepy - yes, I think the Big 12 will "survive". Check the polls every week. They survive just fine. Fracas, lengthy post, good info, but a little much for the average poster on this site. You mentioned "synergy" and my mind went into instant shut-down mode the rest of the way. It reminded me too much of work.
For eveyone mad at Marinatto for trying to hold WVU to their agreement, you need to realize that he is "finally" looking out for the remaining members in the conference. He's trying to uphold a rule that is already in place. It may sound petty, but if I was Louisville or any other Big East member, I'd be pissed if he didn't try to hold WVU, from a financial standpoint alone.  He reminds me a lot of Dan Beebe in the Big 12. Too little too late. Will probably lose his job within the year.
I'm happy to see WVU moving to the Big 12, but I'm not gonna root for the rest of the conference to fall apart. No ill-will to the remaining schools or their fans over there. Just want all of this conference realignment to stop so we can focus on the sports again. 

Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:25 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

This new version of the Big East has three ranked teams in the latest ap and coaches poll that matches the ACC and Pac12

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:10 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

Desperate huh?? Shut it down!!!

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