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Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said that the conference “wants to add a 14th member for football, and is planning to have a championship game after next season,” according to Paul Doyle of the HARTFORD COURANT. While UConn, Rutgers, Louisville and Cincinnati “have been rumored to be looking elsewhere, Aresco doesn't expect more defections.” He said, “I think they'll want to stay because we'll work hard to keep them here, we'll work hard to show them that this conference is a great conference, we'll work hard to get the kind of TV deal that provides the financial stability as well as the exposure.” Aresco added that the conference “will talk to ESPN about extending their relationship, but there are other suitors.” He said that he believes the Big East “deserves a place among college athletics 'Big Five' conferences." Aresco: “We think we deserve access on the larger bowl picture. … It's a stronger football conference than we've been given credit for” (HARTFORD COURANT, 8/31). Aresco, regarding which schools could be added, said, “I'm not talking about which ones. There are some obvious candidates, but we're not talking about raiding anyone and there are some independents that might potentially want to be a member" (AP, 8/30). In Connecticut, Kevin Duffy notes Aresco “sees St. John's and DePaul, two floundering big market teams, as keys to a league that will have a new identity within a few years.” Aresco also “did not elaborate on minutiae of a future TV contract, nor did he provide a timetable for the deal.” But he did “state his interest in platforms outside of television.” Aresco: "There's an awful lot of ways you can watch sports now” (Danbury NEWS-TIMES, 8/31).
BIG EAST'S BIGGEST FAN: In Connecticut, Jim Fuller noted in the short time Aresco has been in the position, “the longtime television executive’s bulldog demeanor and utter belief in the vitality of the conference has not wavered.” Aresco on Thursday "was at Rentschler Field" for UConn's season-opening game against UMass. He was “quick to praise the quality of the Big East as a basketball powerhouse.” Aresco said, “We still have from top to bottom the best basketball conference” (New Haven REGISTER CITIZEN, 8/31).
Univ. of Nevada AD Cary Groth has announced her retirement. She will remain in the position through the coming academic year as the school conducts a national search for her replacement. Prior to joining Nevada in March ‘04, Groth spent more than 20 years at her alma mater, Northern Illinois Univ., including 10 years as AD from '94-'04 (Nevada). Groth said, “This is a big weight off my shoulders. I’ve been thinking about it a long time.” In Reno, Chris Murray noted after “contemplating retirement for the better part of 18 months, the 56-year-old Groth officially notified school President Marc Johnson last week that she was retiring in July 2013.” She said that it was “simply the right time to retire.” Murray noted Groth leaves Nevada “in a pretty good spot, free from the crumbling WAC, with a balanced budget for the first time in three fiscal years and with thriving football and men’s basketball programs.” Groth: “It’s a good time, and I’ve got some other interests. I love Nevada athletics. I love being the athletic director, but it’s time for somebody else to sit in this chair” (RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL, 8/30).