Aresco wants to keep Big East name, possibly add 12th team
No concrete expansion news, but Big East commissioner Mike Aresco did have some interesting things to say about the future of the Big East.
The schools leaving the Big East -- the “Catholic Seven” -- are more known for being part of the Big East than the ones staying in the conference, but it looks like they might lose the name when they leave.
Big East commissioner Mike Aresco spoke at a breakfast in Connecticut on Monday, and one of the items he mentioned was to keep the name with the schools that stay.
“Our goal is to keep the name,” Aresco said, according to Kevin Duffy of the Connecticut Post. “It’s built up a great deal of brand equity despite some of the setbacks. It’s a great brand with a great name and has a great history.”
When those seven schools leave -- along with Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the Big East, and Rutgers to the Big Ten -- the league will be left with Cincinnati, Connecticut, South <span data-shortcode=" data-canon="Florida Gators" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0">, Temple, UCF, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, Navy (football) and East Carolina (football) by 2015. Don’t expect it to stay at 11 teams, though.
“We probably will at some point add a 12th team,” Aresco said. “We’re going to have 11 when Navy comes in 2015. There’s no urgency, but I think we’ll probably think about adding a 12th team. But beyond that, you don’t need numbers for numbers sake.”
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