A Big East breakup is coming soon, and the basketball schools are fast tracking their exit from the once proud conference. According to boston.com on Feb. 28, the departing basketball schools, known as the Catholic Seven, plan to have their new conference ready to begin play in 2013-14.
This Big East breakup has been brewing for all season, with some of the conference's best basketball powers already heading to the ACC in the next year or two. The schools that the Big East chose to replace them with are football schools, and the core basketball universities had seen enough.
Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Louisville are all leaving for the ACC and now the Catholic Seven are fast tracking their exit as well. Those schools are Georgetown, St. John’s, Villanova, Seton Hall, Providence, DePaul and Marquette. Once these schools are gone, Connecticut will be the sole basketball power remaining in the conference.
Even this season, the Big East remains one of the best basketball conferences in all of the nation, and they have dominated the sport for years. Thanks to the lure of big money football contracts, the conference ate itself and now will lose the power they once held in the sport of basketball.
As Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said, "The Big East brought it all on themselves."