Big East Commissioner John Marinatto Steps Down

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After only 3 years on the job, the commissioner of the Big East, John Marinatto,  has resigned. This news comes with a virtually new look in 2013 for the conference.

Mar 3, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; A Big East banner is displayed during the game between the Georgetown Hoyas and Marquette Golden Eagles at the Bradley Center. Marquette defeated Georgetown 83-69. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Here’s what John Marinatto said on his departure.

“After a great deal of thought and prayer, I have decided to step down as Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference and formally advised our Board of Directors,” stated Marinatto. “I have been associated with this league for my entire adult life and have had the tremendous honor of serving as its Commissioner since 2009. Our recent expansion efforts have stabilized the Conference for the long term, and we are likewise well positioned for our very important upcoming television negotiations. As a result, I felt this was the right time to step aside and to let someone else lead us through the next chapter of our evolution. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish and would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank both our membership and my staff for their unwavering encouragement, support and loyalty — especially during this past year. I am extremely confident about the future of this league that I love very much.”

With the likes of West Virginia, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh leaving, many people think the real reason Marinatto left is that he couldn’t handle the changes that were happening and the responsibility that came with fixing these changes. Whether or not that’s true, I have` a feeling it played at least some part in his departure.

Joseph A. Bailey III will assume the position of interim Commissioner of the Big East until a new Commissioner is selected.

“The BIG EAST has a terrific future,” said Bailey. “I’m excited to participate in shaping a new structure and strategic plans for the Conference, and I look forward to engaging on these matters with the leadership of all of the Conference’s members, old and new alike.”

How does this impact Notre Dame?

I have heard many rumors about where or what ND might go/do. The rumor making the most noise right now is the Irish joining the Big 12.

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