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Sources: Big East Basketball Schools Meet With Aresco To Discuss League's Future
Published December 11, 2012
WHO WIELDS THE POWER? In Providence, Kevin McNamara wrote the seven schools now are "in a position of strength in the league as numerous football members have announced plans to leave the Big East." Sources said that Big East presidents and ADs have "held numerous discussions over the last several months on the viability of the conference" (PROVIDENCEJOURNAL.com, 12/10). SPORTING NEWS' Mike DeCourcy writes the possibility of the seven schools breaking off on their own is "highly unlikely, as it would force all of them ... to pay exit fees and separate from the Big East brand, the league’s long-term contract to hold the championship tournament at Madison Square Garden and all the money due them from other schools’ exit fees and previous NCAA Tournament earnings" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 12/11).
GREENER PASTURES: In Cincinnati, Cliff Peale reported the latest conference realignment moves "spurred a flurry of emails among University of Cincinnati officials last month." The e-mails show UC leaders "believed the school could get into the Atlantic Coast Conference with the Big 12 as a secondary option." UC AD Whit Babcock in an e-mail to President Santa Ono on Nov. 18, before the ACC announced its decision to accept Louisville, wrote, "Big 10 and ACC moves ... could cause Big 12 perhaps to rethink staying at 10 schools. We need to focus on both ACC (primarily) but also Big 12." The e-mail and other documents also show that UC "tried to enlist Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer, whose sister works at UC." Meyer eventually "backed away from that request" (CINCINNATI.com, 12/10).