'Catholic 7' schools meet in NY, retain legal counsel and plot future

The seven non-FBS football members of the Big East met on Friday.

Nothing came out of the meeting regarding future potential schools, although reports leading up to the meeting stated there would be discussions on the "Big East" name, as well as the contract with Madison Square Garden for the conference tournament.

The "Catholic 7" released a statement Friday afternoon:

Earlier today, university presidents representing the seven basketball
schools of the Big East met in New York to discuss our orderly
evolution to a foundation of basketball schools that continues to
honor the history and tradition on which the Big East was established.

We have retained the services of Proskauer Rose LLP and Pilson
Communications, Inc.

We had a very productive engagement among our group of seven and
expect that there will be ongoing discussion and conversation among
our group and our colleagues in the Big East as we continue to pursue
our evolution.

The seven schools -- DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova -- officially announced last month they were separating from the FBS football members.

There is still a 27-month exit window before the "Catholic 7" can officially leave the conference, but they could negotiate with the remaining Big East schools for an earlier date. The exit date -- without fees -- is June 30, 2015.

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