With Louisville capturing the National Championship in Basketball last night it will be the very last one for the Big East Conference. It is sad to see this conference dismantle since it dominated many different sports especially basketball. As a football fan I know why colleges are moving from the Big East. The reasons are money, power, and being in a respectable conference. Big East football hasn’t been much of anything for a while now, but as a basketball conference they are always one of the best ones in the country.
This is when many people get confused. The Big East recently changed its name to American Athletic Conference or the AAC, but the ‘Catholic 7” are going to keep The Big East as their conference names, so the Big East will live, but it will look a little different.
AAC- downgrade in football and basketball
Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Memphis, South Florida, Southern Methodist, Temple, Boise State, and San Diego State. Current members Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse are headed to the ACC, and Rutgers is headed to the Big Ten. Meanwhile, East Carolina, Navy and Tulane are scheduled to join the reconstituted and renamed Big East in 2014.
Big East- ‘Catholic 7’- none of these football teams play at an FBS level. Will be good in basketball, but will miss Louisville, Syracuse, and Notre Dame.
DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova are the original members. They want to be an all-sports league with up to 12 members. They have also added Butler, Xavier, and Creighton. Other members will be added at later times.
The old Big East basketball teams had won the National Title 4 times since 2000, which is second most to only the ACC (5), which has gotten stronger with the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse. The Big East will still have strong teams, but they lost two very elite teams in Louisville and Syracuse.