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Report: Big East Divorce Almost Settled, Teams Will Play 1 More Season Together

Report: Big East Divorce Almost Settled, Teams Will Play 1 More Season Together


The Big East and the departing “Catholic 7” had a conference call on Friday and are eyeing a 2014 split. 

As Andy Katz of ESPN reported, within a few weeks the “Catholic 7” and the trio of Cincinnati, Connecticut and South Florida will agree to play in different conferences after one final season together next year. The question is which will be called the Big East, and there is expected to be a tenacious battle because the Big East brand is so valuable

In addition to the name of the conference and the final items to be settled, questions remain about how much will be paid in exit fees, and if one of the Conference Championships will continue to play their tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Some supporters of the Catholic 7 contend that due to departures those seven schools have more than the two-thirds vote needed to determine these items in their favor because the departures has left only ten schools that can vote – the Catholic 7 plus Cincinnati, Connecticut and South Florida. Others have contended that Temple already has as vote.  The other schools have either given up their vote by signing with another conference, or do not yet have their vote.

To simplify the split, the following table separates the seven schools to the left that would play football in the Big East, if they are able to keep the name, both next season and in the future. The seven teams to the right are the Catholic 7 who would form their own conference.  Below are other teams that are either on their way out or are or could be joining the teams listed above them.

Football & Basketball Catholic 7
Central Florida DePaul
Cincinnati Georgetown
Houston Marquette
Memphis Providence
SMU Seton Hall
South Florida St. John’s
Temple Villanova
Tulane (start 2014) Butler
Louisville (last yr 2014) Creighton
Notre Dame (last yr 2014) Dayton
East Carolina St. Louis
Navy (2015) VCU
Tulane Xavier

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