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Catholic 7 release statement announcing departure from Big East

Dec 15, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT


It’s official.

The Catholic 7 are leaving the Big East.

The presidents of the seven universities — Georgetown, Seton Hall, Providence, St. John’s, Marquette, Villanova and DePaul — released a statement on Saturday afternoon saying as much.

Here is that statement in its entirety:

“Earlier today we voted unanimously to pursue an orderly evolution to a foundation of basketball schools that honors the history and tradition on which the Big East was established.  Under the current context of conference realignment, we believe pursuing a new basketball framework that builds on this tradition of excellence and competition is the best way forward.

We are grateful to our Commissioner, Michael Aresco, for his exceptional leadership of the Big East Conference.  We have been honored to be associated with the outstanding group of institutions that have made up the Big East.  While we pursue this opportunity for our institutions, we believe the efforts of the past two years have established the foundation for an enduring national football conference.

We look forward to building this new foundation with an emphasis on elite competition and a commitment to the development of our students engaged in intercollegiate athletics.  That is where we will now spend our energy as we move forward.”

  1. bradygazelle - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:25 PM


  2. gallaghedj311 - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    Amazing how popular football ha become. More popular than the other 3 sports combined

  3. 1historian - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Just curious – who made up that silly phrase ‘The Catholic 7′ ?

    It is at the silly stage now and if it becomes popular it will eventually mature and become stupid

    • florida727 - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      Georgetown – “Catholic and Jesuit”
      Seton Hall – “Roman Catholic”
      Providence – “Catholic and Dominican”
      St. John’s – “Roman Catholic”
      Marquette – “Jesuit, Roman Catholic”
      Villanova – “Roman Catholic, Augustinian”
      DePaul – “Catholic, Vincentians”

      From their respective websites.
      I guess that’s where the “Catholic 7″ comes from.
      Google is a pretty amazing tool, isn’t it?

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