It's Early, But Could the Big East Conference Be Falling Apart For Good?

By Paul Seaver
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

On Sunday, seven current Big East Conference members met with commissioner Mike Aresco to discuss their displeasure with the future of one of the country’s power-six leagues.

“It’s too early to say on that,” one source told ESPN when asked what will happen from here, but it is becoming more and more clear that many of the non-BCS football schools remaining in the league are not happy with how the recent changes have played out.

Marquette, Providence, Villanova, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgetown and DePaul are among the schools in question and a potential collaboration moving forward could be on the horizon. It’s about time these schools step up and speak on behalf of their own demands as conference members.

While money and financial promises could very well rule the day again, it shouldn’t be to hard to see why these seven, Catholic schools are unhappy with the league’s plan. Gaining a general understanding of where the conference is headed appeared to be the purpose of Sunday’s meeting, so only time will tell just what will happen.

Through the realignment phase, the Big East from a basketball perspective, has more than taken their hits, especially to some of their rival, power conferences. These non-BCS football schools have received the shaft in this regard because a lot of the movement over the past few years has been driven by football and finances.

The Big East, who has found replacements in terms of looking ahead to next season and down the line, is slowly transforming into one of the lesser power conferences, an improved Conference USA, if you will.

Of the seven schools that have come into question, some of them remain amongst college basketball’s top threats, while others are looking towards brighter days, such as Providence and DePaul, for example.

If these teams were to stay, just how would things look from a national perspective in the coming years? Would the Big East be up for just as many bids as the Atlantic-10, for example? It could happen, just look at how weak the Pac 12 was during the 2011-12 season. The impact from a RPI standpoint when tournament time arrives could certainly come back to bite some of these teams.

“The basketball schools are not thrilled with Tulane and what they will do to the league’s RPI,” a league source from a football-playing member told ESPN. “They were not all that excited with that addition.”


Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS

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