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Big East Conference Commissioner resigns

John Marinatto resigns as Big East Commissioner
John Marinatto resigns as Big East Commissioner

The Big East Conference faces its latest round of tumult as John Marinatto, the league's Commissioner, resigned from his post effective immediately.

Though Marinatto resigned, his decision to step-down was apparently not his idea. Sources told CBS that the league's presidents asked Marinatto to step down on Sunday.

Under Marinatto the Big East had been hit by several defections and a general air of chaos due to conference realignment. TCU and West Virginia both left for the Big 12 and Pittsburgh and Syracuse head to the ACC in 2013 or 2014.

To his credit, however, Marinatto brought in eight new members to replace the outgoing schools. Temple, Memphis, SMU, UCF, Houston, Boise State, San Diego State and Navy will help maintain the legitimacy of the Big East as a football conference. Temple joins in 2012, Navy in 2015 and the rest in 2013.

While Marinatto has received a lot of the public blame for the league's current instability, ironically Tranghese said it was Marinatto who saved the conference after Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech left in 2003.

Marinatto took over as commissioner on July 1, 2009 for the highly-respected Mike Tranghese, who resigned after serving as commissioner from 1990 to 2009. Marinatto was the third commissioner in the league’s history. Prior to Tranghese, Dave Gavitt was the league's inaugural commissioner from 1979-1990.

Joseph Bailey III, former CEO of the Miami Dolphins and currently managing director of RSR Partners, an executive recruiting firm, was named interim commissioner.

Sources told potential candidates for the next Big East commissioner include current Big East associate commissioners Nick Carparelli and Tom Odjakjian, SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack, Pac-12 deputy commissioner Kevin Weiberg, Greg Shaheen, former NCAA executive vice president for championships; Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti and Kit Morris, director of college sports at Nike.


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