So it appears that the Big East may go out in one giant clusterf**k.
The presidents of the Big East’s seven Catholic, non-Football Bowl Subdivision schools are expected to decide on their future in the Big East in the coming days, and it “would be an upset” if they remained in the league, sources told ESPN.
The seven schools — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova — are “close to a consensus on what they want to do next,” a source said Wednesday.
Sources said Wednesday it’s becoming “more likely” the basketball schools will break away from the league’s football members.
It’s unknown whether they would attempt to dissolve the league or leave the league as a group. The league can be dissolved in a vote of the league members by a two-thirds majority, according to Big East bylaws. With all of the Big East’s recent defections, there are only 10 members (the seven non-FBS schools, plus Cincinnati, UConn and South Florida) that can vote on the league dissolving.
A source told ESPN on Wednesday that Temple, as a football-only member, has voting rights but can’t vote on dissolution of the league. With Temple unable to vote, that gives the seven basketball schools enough votes to dissolve the league.
Sources said there are multiple legal entanglements that make the voting situation “complex.”
And if they vote to dissolve the lawsuits that follow will be epic. Most likely including ones from Pitt and Syracuse over exit fees already paid and to be paid.
But surely there is a voice out there in the Big East that seeks to guide everyone back to unity?
UConn president Susan Herbst has contacted officials from the non-FBS Big East members, pleading with them to stay in the league, sources told ESPN.
So how soon could this all go down?
One source familiar with the talks among the Catholic schools said that break up of the Big East could happen in the next few days. “”We expect the Big East to blow up tomorrow,” said the source.
Apparently they would re-form as 10-team conference. Presumably plucking Xavier, Butler and some other A-10 team (St. Louis?).
The sadly funny thing if this went down? Seeing the programs like Nova, St. John’s, Georgetown and Marquette turning on Seton Hall, DePaul and Providence over money. And that will happen. The top-four programs have all sunk real money into their programs and facilities. The other three have lived off the past and done little for the future. You don’t think that’s been noticed.
It’s going to be gloriously ugly.