John Marinatto, the Big East Conference’s third commissioner since the league was founded in 1979, has resigned his post at the request of the league presidents.
Marinatto, who has been the conference’s commissioner since July 1, 2009, had been representing the conference in the BCS commissioner’s meetings over the last several months, helping them to try and create a new BCS playoff format for college football.
His resignation comes just two weeks before the Big East’s scheduled spring conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
The conference has had to endure many changes recently, with there being tension among the football and basketball schools in the conference.
Marinatto was responsible for bringing such teams to the conference as Temple, Memphis, SMU, UCF, Houston, Boise State, San Diego State and Navy, but he was also a victim of conference realignment as well.
Over the last several months, Marinatto has been held responsible for losing some of their top teams, TCU (before they even began) and West Virginia to the Big XII; in addition, Pitt and Syracuse will soon be departing as well (2014).
While the former commissioner has received a lot of blame for the defections, many believe that he was the one that held the league together when Boston College, Miami, and Virginia Tech left the conference several years ago as the league’s associate commissioner at the time.
With the college football conference landscape changing so drastically over the last few seasons, and there are sure to be more changes on the horizon, there will be many more shakes-ups over the next few years. Though thought to be one of the “major” football conferences for the time being, the Big East could be one league that falls victim to the possible switch to super conferences.