The landscape of big-time college athletics has changed and is changing. Radical restructuring and reshuffling has focused on football and, primarily, the financial benefits that could be gained on the gridiron.
But seven Big East schools that don’t play Division 1 football have started what could be another revolution.
- The schools: DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova.
- The decision: To withdraw from the conference.
- The intention: in the words of ESPN’s Andy Katz…"to pursue a new basketball framework."
Rather than waiting around to see what additional schools would be added to restock the conference, these seven Catholic universities and colleges banded together to create their own future. A future of values-driven institutions that would emphasize what Georgetown’s Athletic Director Lee Reed calls, “our model of intercollegiate athletics, our broad-based model that is basketball-centric.”
The following is a blueprint for an All-Catholic Conference in NCAA Basketball. Included in this article are proposed standards and action plans that will help transform this founding group into a force that could significantly influence the makeup of collegiate hoops.
As the New York Times' Harvey Araton exclaimed, "Here is an opportunity for the Big East Seven to stand up and say enough, stand for a basketball league that again makes sense."