America 12 Reportedly the Favorite to Become New Name for the Big East

Tim KeeneyContributor IMarch 7, 2013

The ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and...America 12? 

According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, that's a conference name you soon may have to get used to, as the "Old Big East" is reportedly close to undergoing a name change:

This news became inevitable just a few days ago.

It was reported that the "Catholic 7"—DePaul, Seton Hall, St. John's, Providence, Villanova, Marquette and Georgetown—would continue to be known as the "Big East," meaning that, unless there were going to be two Big Easts, the schools left behind would eventually need a name change. 

With Rutgers and Louisville also set to leave, the new conference in need of a name will consist of Connecticut, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulane and UCF in 2014. Navy will join in 2015 and another, possibly Tulsa, could also join. 

That means the teams will span from Texas to Florida to the Northeast, making a name based on geography difficult. 

"America 12" certainly isn't going to blow anyone away, but much like the rest of the conference names, it is succinct, to the point and makes enough sense. The teams are all within the border of America, and there will likely be 12 of them. 

According to Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports, "The Metro Conference" has also been tossed around as a suggestion, and that might even make more sense simply for the fact it doesn't have a number in it and conferences are an ever-revolving entity. 

Nevertheless, the naming of the "Old Big East" isn't yet official, and more potential names are sure to pop up in the future.