ESPN Restructures Big 12 Deal Amid Possible Expansion Michigan Football Helps School's Financial Position Big 12 Memo Sheds Light On Decision To Not Expand AAC Eyes "Power Six" Conference Moniker Big 12 Presidents Opt Against Expansion Big 12 Decision Angers Prospective Schools OSU Examines Dip In Attendance At Boone Pickens Florida-LSU Rescheduled For November Delany Stresses Importance Of East Coast Big 12 To Vote On Expansion Next Week
SBD/October 9, 2012/Colleges
Big East Commissioner Aresco Says Renewal Talks With ESPN "Not Anywhere Near Done"
Published October 9, 2012
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CHANGE ISN'T EASY: Georgetown Univ. men’s basketball coach John Thompson III said the Big East has gone from “unquestionably the best basketball conference in the country to now we’re just arguably the best basketball conference in the county.” But in DC, Liz Clarke notes Thompson “insists reports of the Big East’s demise are grossly exaggerated.” Thompson said, “Intercollegiate athletics is going through an evolution. We’re in the midst of it. It’s not close to being over.” Thompson added, "We have lost what have been traditionally key members. But the Big East still has New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas and Houston. We’re going through change. We’re going to look different tomorrow than we did yesterday. But there’s no need to cry for us” (WASHINGTON POST, 10/5).