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Big East Down To Five Candidates In Commish Search, Will Make Pick This Month
Published August 1, 2012
CHALLENGES AHEAD: In Newark, Tom Luicci noted the divisional alignments for the Big East's 12-football team conference in '13 are a problem "left unresolved" after the league broke from its annual summer football meetings yesterday. All that has "been settled so far is that the 2013 league championship game will be played at the campus of the highest-ranked divisional winner" (NJ.com, 7/31). In Cincinnati, Bill Koch noted league officials yesterday "found themselves playing defense as they confronted the national perception that the Big East is no longer a major player on the national stage when it comes to football." Carparelli "tackled the issue head-on early in the proceedings." He said, “The Big East will continue to be one of the most competitive conferences in the country." He later "talked about the difficulty of convincing the rest of the country that a league in transition is not necessarily a league in decline." Carparelli: "Part of our challenge moving forward is to get the accurate information out there and to get who we are to the public. Clearly we’ve become a national conference. ... That’s one of the main reasons we’re very attractive to television. We can have a Big East football game on any time of day." The Big East also must "find a new bowl partner for its conference champion when the current BCS system dissolves" after the '13 season. Carparelli said, "We’re looking at a lot of options in terms of talking to existing bowl games as well as creating some new opportunities for ourselves" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 8/1). In Boston, Mark Blaudschun writes the Big East "seems somewhat rudderless." Critics are "correct when they say that the conference remains at the bottom of the automatic bid pecking order for the BCS" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/1).