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Report: Catholic 7 to announce departure from Big East Thursday

Mar 7, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

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According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, on Thursday, the Catholic 7 will be officially announcing their intention to depart from the Big East this summer.

In the report, McMurphy says that the Catholic 7 — Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, St. John’s, Providence, DePaul and Seton Hall — will be taking the Big East name with them as well as their conference tournament locale (Madison Square Garden). They are expected to add Xavier and Butler, who has somehow managed to go from being a third-place Horizon League team that played in the CBI in 2011 to a Big East team in 2013, as well as Creighton for the 2013-2014 season. St. Louis and Dayton are expected to join the following season.

All of this has been reported in the past week. The new information is that it will become official today.

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  1. bg4866 - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Thay are NOT leaving the Big East – They are keeping the name – They are THE BIG EAST – St Johns, Gtown, Nova, Providence, Seton Hall, are all orig Big East members

  2. florida727 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Hefty price tag. A friend of mine called. He follows the Big East much more so than I do, and he said there are three schools that are EACH getting ~$53 million for NOT being included in the new alignment. They’re dividing $100 million, three ways. Then they’re also getting an additional $20 million each from some other arrangement.

    Anybody know the specifics, or if the above is accurate? Either way, should be a heck of a basketball conference heading into the future. Especially with the addition of Butler, Xavier, Dayton, Creighton, and St. Louis. Should be a fun conference to watch.

  3. griffinjohn - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Would love to see the Catholic 7 bring back the original Big East logo with some slight updates. I think it would bring back the good old days feel of this new conference.

    • mckludge - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      The “T” in BIG EAST will become a cross.

  4. homelanddefense - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    good, maybe the friars can with a big est tourny game now!

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