Seven members that dont play big-time football voted unanimously Saturday to leave, charting a course for a new league built around basketball. The seven Catholic schools are DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. Johns and Villanova. Officials said their interests are no longer best served by what has become a football-driven conference. In all, 17 schools have left the Big East since 2004.
Nine schools, including Boise State and San Diego State in football only, have plans to join the Big East within the next three years. Among current members, only Cincinnati, Connecticut, South Florida and Temple are committed to the league beyond 2013. Houston, SMU, Central Florida and Memphis are set to join next season.
What becomes of the remaining basketball schools, and how much TV money will the league garner in its ongoing media rights negotiations? Will the Big East even survive? Stay tuned.