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More Big East Conference Realignment News: Seven Institutions to Depart for New Basketball Conference

On December 16, 2012, the seven (7) Big East schools that don’t play major college football have decided to leave the conference and pursue a new basketball framework, after over a week of deliberations. The presidents of DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova said it was a unanimous vote and stated they believe “a new basketball framework that builds on this tradition of excellence and competition is the best way forward.” The schools will depart on June 30, 2015. The future basketball intentions of Connecticut, Cincinnati and South Florida remain unclear.

Although the departure is a major hit to the conference, commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement that “13 members of the conference are confident and united regarding our collective future.” The Big East still is lined up to have a 12-team football conference next season with six new members. However, Rutgers and Louisville will depart after next year and there have been rumors around Boise State and San Diego State moving in a different direction.

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm has advised, and continues to recommend, NCAA member institutions conduct annual discussions (among all significant decision makers and stakeholders) on the short- and long-term strategic and tactical needs of the athletics department in several areas, including, but not limited to, competitive success and program development. The implementation of any strategies and tactics in the areas of competitive success and program development may involve or require changes in conference membership. Colleges and universities should be ready to make immediate decisions on conference membership that adheres to a strategic plan if another round of conference re-alignment occurs in the next five years.

The full article can be found here.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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