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Report: Big East schools may vote to dissolve league

Nov 22, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Mike Aresco AP

With all of the football schools joining into ever-larger lumps of meat, it always seemed like a time would com when at least one hoops-only league would flat-out disappear. I thought it would be a mid-major, like the CAA or Horizon, but it’s one of the BCS leagues, gutted by realignment, that may go down first.

According to the Providence Journal, the Big East may be at a tipping point for dissolution after Rutgers left to join the Big Ten.

Representatives of some of those [remaining] seven schools said this week that the tipping point would be reached if either Connecticut or Louisville heads to another league. Such a loss would be infinitely more important to the basketball schools than Rutgers leaving, because it would further erode an already badly damaged basketball core.

Losing a UConn or Louisville would also give the basketball schools the opportunity to engineer an unprecedented power play and vote to dissolve the league. According to the Big East’s bylaws, the conference can be dissolved by a two-thirds vote of all members. The seven basketball schools, which include Providence College, would own that voting advantage over three all-sports members (Cincinnati, South Florida and either UConn or Louisville). That voting edge would disappear in July, when new members Central Florida, Houston, Memphis and SMU come onboard.

Why commit suicide instead of being killed? Because the basketball schools that remain would actually have some power in such a scenario. They could be the driving force in the growing “nationwide hoops league” movement. The Big East basketball schools could take the lead, and to some measure, dictate terms of such an arrangement if they are free of any conference affiliation.

We’ll keep an eye on this situation, and update you throughout the holiday week.

  1. sbuel2 - Nov 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Interesting twist on the realignment. Big East has always been a great basketball conferences and just patching a football conference together and with the BCS demoting them to be with MWC MAC Conference USA, maybe it is time to protect the product that makes you great. If there is one national basketball conferences, Kansas would certainly want to be a player. Depends how Texas helps or destroys the Big 12 in the next year. Kansas schools may be left high and dry and looking for a much better fit.

    • Eric Angevine - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      Yeah, in the case of the Jayhawks, nobody’s going to be excited about adding the football program. K-State, on the other hand, couldn’t have picked a better time to be great at football.

  2. - Nov 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    We have a follow-up on VU Hoops.

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