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Mike Aresco Still Delusional as Dayton Flyers Set to Join New Big East Next Season

Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

A slew of shoes have finally dropped on Mike Aresco‘s version of the Big East. A few days after the announcement that the Big East and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish agreed to financial terms to let the Irish go, and a few after that in which reports came out that the old Big East was going to be called the America 12, it now looks like the new Big East has finally set a line-up for next season.

The Dayton Flyers are going to join the Butler Bulldogs and Xavier Musketeers for the Catholic Seven version of the Big East Conference next season. Reportedly, these are not the final teams expected to join the league, as the Creighton Bluejays and St. Louis Billikens are set to join the league for the 2014-15 season.

The report is coming from the New York Post, which also stated that the new league and the Barclays Center is working on an agreement to play conference tournaments there.

However, while the release of this information is good information, it isn’t nearly the best part of the report by the New York Post. That has to deal with Aresco, a man who I can never pass the opportunity to poke fun at (in a loving way).

Here is Aresco on the state of the Big East (America 12), “We want to challenge the five power conferences. And we fully expect to emerge as the best conference outside those five and play in top bowls. The core of our basketball conference is very solid with Cincinnati, Connecticut, Memphis and Temple. And we have football programs with tremendous upside that we intend to realize.’’

So Aresco expects the Big East (America 12) to compete with the top five football conferences? In other news: I truly expected to be named Pope today.

Delusion is Aresco’s best friend.

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