Mar 1, 2013, 4:00 PM EST
With the reports that came out on Thursday it seemed as if the splitting of the Big East Conference would be both quick and amicable. The seven schools previously dubbed the “Catholic 7″ would get to leave at the end of the current academic year, and they would get the rights to the name as well.
But with the conference presidents meeting in Atlanta this weekend there’s a lot of work to be done in the move towards the creation of two separate leagues. That means the reports of a split being agreed to on Thursday were premature.
According to Mark Blaudschun the Big East presidents have yet to agree on anything, be it the financial terms of such a move or how to make the actual logistics work in time for the “new” Big East to cash in on a television deal proposed by Fox Sports.
People went into the meeting in Atlanta on Friday morning with an attitude of maybe we can do this, maybe we won’t–at least right away. Let’s look at the dollar figures, which are in the millions of dollars range.
All of this will eventually be worked out. The Catholic 7 will leave in July. They will take the Big East name.
But….it might cost them more than they thought. And the word amicable is rapidly fading from the use of descriptions regarding the talks.
The devil is in the details as they say, and there are lots of details that must be worked out on both sides.
Blaudschun’s report follows one from CSNPhilly.com on Thursday night in which Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw denied that any agreement had been made between the two “entities.”
When asked to respond, Bradshaw said he had “no comment” because “no decisions have been made.” He referred to Thursday’s multiple reports as “rumors” and said he had “no idea where [they] came from.”
Fox Sports, which needs new inventory for the new all-sports channel that it’s creating (formerly the Speed Channel), helped grease the skids for a split with presidents of the seven schools all too willing to go along with given how much more money they stand to make.
On Thursday afternoon many, myself included, were of the belief that the Big East split could be unlike other moves in conference realignment, with administrators avoiding the catty behavior and lawsuits that can occur more often than not.
That could still happen, but given the amount of money at stake there’s the possibility (hell, likelihood) that some lawyers will be the ones who end up cashing in as well.
Dec 19, 2014, 7:30 PM EST
Villanova is off to another good start in the regular season, but heading into the New Year, the Wildcats will need to rack up the wins in postseason play.
Dec 19, 2014, 6:49 PM EST
The SMU forward missed the first 10 games.
Dec 19, 2014, 6:15 PM EST
The Gators could be shorthanded once again in Saturday’s non-conference contest with Wake Forest.
Dec 19, 2014, 5:00 PM EST
The Indiana sophomore was struck by a vehicle driven by a teammate back in November.
Dec 19, 2014, 4:15 PM EST
Antravious Simmons averaged 0.7 points and 0.7 rebounds as a redshirt freshman at VCU.
Dec 19, 2014, 3:27 PM EST
The Wildcats are on the road to take on one of Conference USA’s best teams in UTEP, and both No. 18 Miami and No. 20 St. John’s are in action as well.
Dec 19, 2014, 2:44 PM EST
Jordan Gathers had yet to play in a game this season after undergoing hip surgery in June.
Dec 19, 2014, 1:26 PM EST
Kansas State is one of many programs looking to land Semi Ojeleye, but all of their scholarships are accounted for currently.
Dec 19, 2014, 12:04 PM EST
Jones’ dunk on five-star forward Cody Riley is one of the best you’ll see this year.
Dec 19, 2014, 11:30 AM EST
When you talk Duke basketball in 2014-15, you start with Player of the Year candidate Jahlil Okafor, but there are plenty of other keys to Duke’s success as we get closer to the new year.
Dec 19, 2014, 10:30 AM EST
Patrick Cole has been suspended indefinitely.
Dec 19, 2014, 9:00 AM EST
Oklahoma-Washington, Ohio State-North Carolina and UCLA-Kentucky are just three of the marquee matchups.
Dec 19, 2014, 12:41 AM EST
Even with the win there are things Duke needs to improve upon, most notably the fact that they’ve committed 36 turnovers over the last two games.
Dec 18, 2014, 10:45 PM EST
Also of note was Ole Miss avoiding what would have been their fourth home loss of the season.
Dec 18, 2014, 8:44 PM EST
Jabari McGhee suffered the injury in Tennessee’s loss to NC State on Wednesday.
Dec 18, 2014, 7:09 PM EST
Branden Dawson is the team’s leading rebounder, as he’s grabbing 8.7 boards per contest.
Dec 18, 2014, 5:59 PM EST
Gaston Diedhiou was denied admission to Minnesota during the summer, and he is now eligible immediately after passing an English proficiency exam.
Dec 18, 2014, 5:08 PM EST
While the focus has been on the Aztecs’ shooting percentages, their ability to find quality looks has been a big reason why they’ve struggled.
Dec 18, 2014, 3:45 PM EST
When do we start counting Duke-UConn as a rivalry?
Dec 18, 2014, 3:33 PM EST
Agau was buried on the Louisville bench with a number of young guys in front of him.
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