New Big East expected to add 3 more schools
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org March 15, 2013 11:52AM
Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) drives around Wichita State's Carl Hall (22) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Sunday, March 10, 2013, in St. Louis. McDermott, who was named tournament Most Valuable Player, scored 14 points as Creighton won 68-65.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Updated: March 15, 2013 1:31PM
NEW YORK—The new Big East will take shape shortly with the expected announcements from Xavier and Butler they will exit the Atlantic 10 to join the seven non-football playing schools from the former conference.
Butler is still alive in the A-10 tournament, which will delay a formal announcement, probably until next week before the NCAA Tournament begins. Xavier lost at the buzzer to Saint Joseph’s Thursday night in the tournament.
Officials from the A-10 schools were meeting Friday.
Also likely next week will be an announcement that Creighton will leave the Missouri Valley Conference to join the other nine to begin play as a 10-team conference in the fall.
The Blue Jays won the MVC tournament on Sunday and with it the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Officials there are expected to withhold public discussion about joining the new league until their run as MVC champs is complete.
Formation of the new league, including school members, staffing and finding a headquarters, is expected to move quickly once all the formal membership announcements are complete. The new league will be active July 1.
The seven current members already have formed a committee to seek a conference commissioner, with former Big East assistant commissioner Dan Gavitt, whose father founded the original Big East, a favorite among many of the members. Gavitt was named vice president of men’s basketball for the NCAA last July after a long tenure with the Big East.