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The Big East's departing Catholic 7 schools are expected to start their own league next season and will keep the Big East Conference name, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy, Andy Katz and Dana O'Neil.
Joining the Catholic 7 schools -- DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, and Villanova -- in the new "Big East" this fall will be Xavier and Butler, sources said.
It's unknown whether converts Laura Ingraham and Newt Gingrich will be the color analysts for Fox's broadcast teams building on the historic involvement of Rush Limbaugh and Dennis Miller with Monday Night Football. Frank Deford recently weighed in on the relationship between conservatism and sports, but as it is with Fox's involvement in the new Big East(er) basketball conference, rather than walking or talking, money dribbles
It was revealing last week that when the Big Ten -- which has always been sort of the mascot of muscular midwest America -- took in the University of Maryland and Rutgers in order to attract television viewers in the New York and Washington-Baltimore areas, the savvy reaction was, doesn't the Big Ten know that the socialistic fans in the European-cozy Northeast don't give a hoot about college sports?
By contrast, the old Confederacy and that flyover part of the northwestern Louisiana Purchase is crazy for college sports -- especially football -- and that, of course, is precisely the conservative heartland
. We even have demographic maps made by an associate geography professor named Theodore Goudge at Northwest Missouri State, which show where the Division One football players come from, and you can virtually overlay a presidential election map from this year with Professor Goudge's map and see that college football players per capita equal Republican majority. Read More:
Xavier and Butler have not formally withdrawn from the Atlantic 10. To exit the A-10 with less than a year's notice would cost each school $2 million, Katz reported.

The Catholic 7's exit from the Big East is being expedited by Fox Sports Network. The network initially contacted the seven schools and laid the groundwork for them to leave the Big East with the promise of a lucrative media rights deal, a source said.

Fox Sports Network is expected to announce the addition of the Catholic 7/Big East basketball league Tuesday in New York as part of the network's news conference announcing the addition of Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 channels.

Fox Sports Network's deal with the Catholic 7 is expected to be worth at least $3 million annually per school, sources said.

It's unknown how much it will cost the Catholic 7 to keep the Big East name.


West Coast Conference

Saint Mary's    1952-Present
Santa Clara    1952-Present
San Francisco    1952-Present
Loyola Marymount    1955-Present
Pepperdine    1955-Present
Portland    1976-Present
Gonzaga    1979-Present
San Diego    1979-Present
BYU    2011-Present
Pacific    1952-71
San Jose State    1952-69
Nevada-Reno    1969-79
Seattle    1971-80
UNLV    1969-75
UC Santa Barbara    1964-69
Fresno State    1955-57

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) -- The NCAA has placed Saint Mary's on four years of probation for a "failure to monitor its men's basketball program," reducing scholarships and placing other penalties on the team after it said the perennial mid-major power committed several recruiting violations.
A report by the NCAA Committee on Infractions released Friday found that Gaels coach Randy Bennett "acted unethically in his recruitment of international prospects" and "failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance." Bennett will not be allowed to recruit off campus and will serve a five-game suspension next season.
Saint Mary's will still be allowed to participate in the West Coast Conference tournament and the NCAA tournament but can't play in preseason or in-season tournaments. The men's basketball program also will have a reduction in scholarships from 13 to 11 for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons and an elimination of all foreign tours until the start of the 2017-18 season.
In addition, the NCAA charged an unnamed former assistant with unethical conduct, saying he "knowingly committed violations during the recruitment of three prospects." The report said that the assistant arranged for travel to the United States and lodging with a local family for at least one recruit and that Bennett was aware of the activity. Read More:
This new conference, which will have to buy the name of the old one, is mostly an old conference—its core is the so-called Catholic Seven of Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgetown, DePaul, Marquette and Villanova, all seven of them in the crumbling present-day Big East. Joining those old-school schools are Xavier and Butler, per ESPN’s original report, with Creighton, Dayton and St. Louis reportedly following for the 2014-15 season. None of this is quite set just yet, and none of the above are football powerhouses. Indeed, none even have football programs of note. The new conference, which will retain the Big East name, is about what the Big East was always about—college basketball.
“That the Catholic 7 is also running off with the Big East name is a coup for those schools,” Yahoo’s Jeff Eisenberg writes. “They’ll have the more lucrative TV contract, the more established brand name and maybe the superior basketball league as well. The presence of UConn, Cincinnati, Temple and Memphis will ensure the old Big East isn’t irrelevant in basketball, but the potential of the new Big East is certainly intriguing.”
The Big Easter, when it is at full strength in 2015-16, could have enough teams to become the Holy Apostle plus an Apostate Conference in the spirit of the Ivy League being the Magnificent Seven plus Cornell.
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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Renee, Mannie, ActivistGuy

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ Now with more SNAP: Saturday hate mail-a-palooza End of a series

    by annieli on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:28:13 AM PST

  •  I was a moderator on a sports information (1+ / 0-)
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    forum (run by a handicapper...."for information purposes only")

    It was a raucous good time, with in-game threads and great shit, and thousands of people especially into college football.  The blatant racism got so bad I had to quit, especially as Obama was rising.  It was unbearable and far outweighed the fun I was having otherwise.

    To be fair, and to point to one of Deford's comments in that article, certainly the SEC is the best, and most rabid, football conference....but there is another factor, as he said:
    for many years, there was no pro football team south of Washington DC, and that NFL team basically was the pro team of the south (no surprise that they are still called a derogatory Native American slur, AND they were the last NFL team to integrate, and were eventually FORCED to integrate).

    Even now, there is only the Miami Dolphins (and we know that parts of Florida are not like the rest of the south in some ways), and relatively newer teams like N.O., Atlanta (also a carve out city in some ways in a sea of red), Tampa Bay (very recent, relatively speaking), and Carolina and Jaxville (very very recent additions).

    Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:50:12 AM PST

  •  Butler, a small, formerly United Church of Christ (1+ / 0-)
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    affiliation, has been invited into the Big Easter. Butler has operated as an Independent University, apart from religious affiliation, for a long time. The AC 10 connection, after Butler left the Horizion League, hasn't worked well because the Basketball program is the only sport that moved up to that league.  The remainder of the sports program sort of drifted into playing schools closer to Butler's small university size, but with limited league participation.  

    The big news is that Blue II, the Butler bulldog mascot is retiring after the final season game.  Blue III is trained and ready to go.  Blue III will receive the offical mascot dog collar at the final season game.  A local jeweler designed the collar for $1,500.  This is what a successful Basket Ball program does to your university.  Go blue!!!

    •  similar to BYU's joining the West Coast Conference (1+ / 0-)
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      hegemony counts!

      Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ Now with more SNAP: Saturday hate mail-a-palooza End of a series

      by annieli on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:57:06 AM PST

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    •  I wish Butler had won a national championship (2+ / 0-)
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      when they were in the Final Four. It would have been a great Hoosiers (one of my favorite all time sports movies) story at the college level.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:52:54 PM PST

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      •  Don't give up hope yet. It looks as if Butler will (1+ / 0-)
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        be invited to the Big Dance again this year. They beat IU and Duke early this season and have held their national rating around 15 throughout the A 10 Conference season. They looked really good for the two games I saw them play.

        A new book about Butler Univerisy was recently published by Abingdon Press, Nashville, named LEAD LIKE BUTLER: SIX PRINCIPLES FOR VALUES-BASED LEADERS.  It was written by Dr. Kent Millard, a friend and pastor to Coach Brad Stevens, and Judy Cebula, Publicity Director for Butler University. Coach Stevens wrote the foreward, but as he explains in his usual fashion, he was too busy coaching Basketball to be totally involved.  That's a good thing, I think. The history of this very successful Basketball program dates all the way back to Tony Hinkle, and the story is updated with current leadership ideas taught by Coach Stevens.  The book is a good read for both sports fans and business leaders looking for inspirational ideas.
        ISBN 978-1-4267-4914-8.

        The Indiana Pacers are planning to show the movie, Hoosiers, as a pre-game publicity gig on the 50th  anniversery date of that infamous High School Game. It will be shown on the giant screens in center court, as if the game were actually happening.  

        •  drmah - I saw the games againt IU and Duke (2+ / 0-)
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          Butler has a good team and should be in the Tournament. I am a big college basketball fan and also understand that winning a national championship takes a lot of luck. Butler has a very good basketball program and Coach Stevens is recruiting good talent and seems to be a wonderful teacher and role model for his players.

          I went to UCLA when they dominated college basketball and had the amazing good fortune to know Coach Wooden, another Hoosier, who has been one of the most inspiring people in my life. I'll definitely buy the book about Butler Basketball. I love a good sports story. Two of my favorite inspirational stories about high school programs:

          The Miracle of St. Anthony
          When The Game Stands Tall

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:58:53 PM PST

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          •  My dad coached back in the time of Tony Hinkle (2+ / 0-)
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            so I grew up hearing sports stories, including Wooden, all my life.  

            Given that Butler is about 1/100th the size of UCLA, it makes their success story even more amazing. I took graduate classes at Butler to fill in requirements for my degree at IU. I also had the opportunity to guide student teachers from Butler in my classroom. The two most outstanding programs of study at Butler are the School of Pharmacy and the School of Classical Ballet.

  •  Also known as (1+ / 0-)
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    the Big Priest conference. UConn gets to be altar boy.

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 03:07:16 PM PST

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