With all of the conference realignment going on right now, the Big East is going to look real different in the future. The Catholic Schools currently in the conference (DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova) will be leaving to start a new league. The “football only” schools will be in the old Big East but will have to create a new name for their league because according to reports the Catholic schools are taking the Big East branding with them:
In December, seven Big East basketball schools – DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, and Villanova – announced they had voted to unanimously withdraw from the conference amid uncertainty over the future of the league in this day and age of realignment.
Those seven schools will be taking the Big East name with them when they start their new league next basketball season, according to a report from ESPN.com.
Full Story: http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/28/catholic-7-taking-the-big-east-name-with-it/
A lot of rivalries are going to change but it is good to see Villanova, Georgetown, Providence etc. stick together with the branding. The football schools will look much like the Conference USA with the addition of East Carolina, Tulane, etc. so maybe it’s best the Big East football history is put in the vault.