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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: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:08 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

Maybe some of the conference USA teams rejoin with the old conference USA teams.

Call it the Big East if you like, but it basically identical to the C-USA of earlier this decade. 

That is not going to be enough to keep an AQ bid simply renaming the 2002 C-USA as the 2012 Big East.

Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:59 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

One last thought. You have East Carolina that wants in. Memphis who would help in basketball and Temple who would perhaps help in both sports. Villanova maybe blocked Temple but why not the other 2 schools? Just a thought... INVITE THEM!!! This conference makes the Big 12 politics look like child's play. I am not sure what kind of chance West Virginia has with its lawsuit but the more you see this conference in operation the more inclined you are to root for the Mountaineers to win it.

Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:58 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

There are apparently 6 teams that wish to secure AQ status and a bigger peayout. It might get unwieldy but I predict it won't stop here. I bet they get even bigger.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:57 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

the Big East will let programs out only once new programs can start play
seems 2013 will be the year 

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:57 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

I'm sure EVERYBODY IS SCARED OF THE BIG BAD JONH USELESS MARINATTO.This is the same news he has been saying for the last 2 months,only thing new is The Law Suit from WVU.He's a Clown.The Bigger Story is that he still has this Job.Shows  you how SMART The Left Over Big East Presidents are.UNBELIEVEABLE TO SAY THE LEAST.PLus his Boys from Notre Dame want to go to the The Big 12 also.John Macgruff Marinatto,THE CRIME DOG

Since: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:56 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and WVU need to be let out for any Big East plan to work. They are gone!!! This negativity that these teams will bring will drag on for 27 months. It's just a reminder to how unstable the Big East is. They need to move forward and let these teams out. Make them buy there way out and get something out of it. I'm sure all 3 teams are more than willing to negotiate.

The one thing that is frustrating is if the SEC, ACC, Big 10, and Pac 10 want to have super conferences then make you're moves now and let the conferences become stable.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:55 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

The Big Least should be worried about the possibility of losing the automatic qualifier with the BCS. In the Year that Marinatto has been in charge he has lost 4 teams to his dumb moves and arrogance. It is one thing to invite schools and expect them to move at their beck and call . In the mean time not wanting West Virginia to move this is hypocritical but that means nothing to the Big East. GREED GREED GREED

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:46 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

I'm waiting for John Marinatto to make a really big and splashy announcement about how he has come to terms to land Memphis and Alabama-Birmingham and thus making great strides in taking over the Southern market.  If Boise State must come up with $21 million, is he going to have the existing Big East Conference teams to pony up with this?  On the plus side, for Boise State, maybe the Big East can get the NCAA to minimize the penalties the Broncos are expecting to receive.  The Boise State scenario reminds me of the unattractive gal in high school that puts out, so she is popular with the entire football team, until she is in a family way.  And Marinatto, who can't get to first base with any of the cheerleaders is courting her heavy.

Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:37 pm

Big East Presidents approve, extend invitations

It is one thing to extend invitations but it's another thing to accept them. The Big East is on such shaky ground who in the world would bolt to a conference that might not exist in a couple of months. Marinatto needs to be ousted and the schools need to get some one in there that has a clue on how to do business. The Big East should have tried to expand last year to 12 teams. Now it is merely trying to keep itself on life support before the doctors pull the plug.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:31 pm

Big East and Big 12 need each other

The Big East, and Big 12 will eventually form the Best of the Leftovers Conference. They need to merge ASAP, and form a nice, 16-team all-sports conference with mandatory football, while allowing the Big East schools that don't play football to keep their smaller Big East as a decent basketball conference.  
It would make the Big East basketball schedule easier, while giving the football teams a legitimate and stable schedule, without making their basketball teams play against "basketball schools" that sink all of their resources into that sport.  Either conference will have to struggle to make it in a year or two, while they would make a very viable amalgamated conference.

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