In December, the seven Catholic universities of the Big East announced they would be leaving the conference to go off on their own.
The seven schools—Marquette, St. John’s, Villanova, Georgetown, Seton Hall, DePaul and Providence—who don’t participate in Division 1 FBS football will be looking to start a new conference whose primary athletic focus will be basketball.
It has been recently reported by ESPN that Fox has offered the Catholic Seven (as they have been dubbed) a $500 million offer to televise its games.
The fact that this gigantic sum of money is being offered is an early indicator they will likely have to invite more schools to their basketball centric conference.
In the coming months the presidents of the Catholic Seven will have to decide which schools are most deserving of an invitation.
This article aims to grade the appeal of each potential candidate based on their basketball program, similarity to the Catholic Seven, fan base and geographic location.