In the last 12 hours or so, it's been confirmed that DePaul University is planning to leave the Big East Conference.
If this rumor does come to fruition, this conference would be similar to the West Coast Conference. Every member of the WCC is a religious institution.
As reported right here on Bleacher Report, this was a unanimous decision by DePaul, Marquette, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Providence, St. Johns, and Villanova. Notre Dame was not involved in this decision as it is already scheduled to go to the Atlantic Coast Conference in the near future.
Aside from the announcement that these schools will indeed leave the Big East, nothing else has been set in stone. There are still some legal hurdles to climb.
Plus, DePaul hasn't made a formal announcement of their own, as of yet. I have contacts at DePaul, and so far none of them have said anything to me. My e-mail to the athletic department yesterday has not been answered.
What I can tell you now is that I think this a good move for DePaul. I've always felt that the Big East Conference was too big for them. DePaul has not had a very good record in Big East play, going only 22-115 in conference games since joining the conference.
Perhaps an all-Catholic conference would better suit them, since it could make them more competitive.
So far the 2012-13 Blue Demons squad sports a record of 7-3, and it has won its last five games. While that's fine and dandy for November and December, I wonder if the Demons can continue their winning ways once the conference portion of the schedule begins.
Aside from that, all we can do is wait for more information to come out. I eagerly await to hear about DePaul's future.