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Bidding Process Could Be Held To Determine Future Site Hosts Of Big 12 Tournaments
Published March 14, 2014
AAC TO ROAM: In Connecticut, Kevin Duffy reported it "seems as though the AAC tournament will return" to FedExForum in '15 and "then move elsewhere." AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said, "We really didn't think about being (in Memphis) more than two years because we'd like to move it around. We need to plant the flag in various places. I think we want to go to the three or four corners of our conference. Maybe Cincinnati down the road, they've expressed interest. XL (in Hartford) ought to have it at some point down the road. Orlando has been a strong bidder" (CONNECTICUT POST, 3/13).
NOT SO BIG EAST? In N.Y., Harvey Araton reports the crowd Thursday night at MSG for the Big East Tournament "was announced at 14,925," far less than a sellout at the arena. The conference "could have used a semifinal showdown between Seton Hall and St. John’s." It also "could have tasted" more N.Y. metropolitan area "flavoring while trying to move on without the departed powerhouses that helped fill the Garden this time of year." The "determination of some Big East members to move on from Big Brother Football -- to align with Butler, Creighton and Xavier -- was widely admired and applauded." But from "a New York state of mind, the tournament feels inescapably slimmed down, less substantial" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/14).