Why Big East Commissioner John Marinatto's Exit Is for the Best
It can be difficult at times to be a fan of Big East football. It can be nauseating, frustrating and flat-out boring. I seldom get giddy when I hear about the UConn-Rutgers showdown on a Thursday night.
Not too long ago, it was reported that Big East Commissioner John Marinatto has decided to resign after three years of service. For those of you keeping score at home, you can insert the word "fired" for "resigned."
I am still trying to figure out whether Marinatto was really trying his best to help the Big East or if he was trying to be a one-man wrecking crew. What's in worse shape: the Big East conference or the U.S. National Debt? You know the conference is in trouble when none of the member schools want to be part of it.
To blame Marinatto for every misfortune that has afflicted this so-called power conference would be unfair. However, he was the leader, and whether you are a president or a CEO, the leader almost always gets the lion's share of the blame.
Right now, various conferences are in the process of negotiating new multimillion dollar television deals (and the NCAA still tries to give out the impression that academics come first and foremost). These TV deals are tied into how competitive a conference's football programs are. The problem for the Big East, of course, is that its brand of football is an abomination.
Now, Marinatto cannot be criticized because Big East football is subpar. However, he absolutely should be blamed for upsetting the so-called basketball schools that inhabit the Big East by making decisions in the interest of football.
In an effort to upgrade Big East football, the flagship sport of the Big East took a major hit. What was once Syracuse, West Virginia and Pittsburgh on the hardwood will now be SMU, Houston and UCF. In full disclosure, I don't even think Big East football improved that much in the first place.
This is just one of many transgressions that Marinatto has made as top-dog of the Big East. If I were to chart all of his mistakes, this article would be longer than the NFL's investigative report on the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.
He was never fit to be in that high of a position in the first place. He just did not have the qualities that are needed to make a good leader. Had he remained in his position much longer, the conference would be sinking faster than the Titanic.
As previously mentioned, the Big East has some very important TV negotiations (if you can call them that) coming up shortly. If Marinatto was still in command, the conference's TV deal would be about as bad as Evan Longoria's first contract.
One thing I know for sure is that whoever the new leader is, he can't be as awful as Marinatto. It is kind of like moving on from a bad commander-in-chief. It can't possibly get any worse.
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