Butler, Xavier, Creighton joining Catholic 7 basketball conference (Big East Update)



Multiple sources report The Butler Bulldogs, Creighton Blue Jays and Xavier Musketeers will join the Catholic 7 basketball conference which consists of the seven college basketball only schools previously in the Big East: (Catholic institutions Marquette, DePaul, Georgetown, Villanova, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Providence)

Not since Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation have a group of Catholics felt so freed and empowered. (Remember they were all Catholics before they became Protestants and later Lutherans. Catholic excess was what they were “protesting” against. I guess 7 Catholic schools gave up the Big East conference for Lent.

The Catholic 7 basketball conference will still keep the Big East name. New league begins play July 1

The Catholic 7 basketball conference re-branded as the Big East is ready to start next fall.  It will be quite a departure from what we know as the Big East today: the patchwork of college football close-to-last-picked-in-gym-class type programs making the league a gridiron crapfest, and dragging down the league’s hoops cred. Which is damaged enough already with Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse bolting for the ACC.

Having this league start next year instead of the following means ND will move to the ACC. That deal is finalized.


Now for the local angle….

Statement from DePaul President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.

“DePaul University is grateful to  Commissioner Aresco and our Big East colleagues for the collegial discussions that have  allowed us to leave in 2013 and begin our new league.  We are excited about the opportunities this  endeavor will afford our student-athletes, coaches and fans.  We wish the ongoing football members the very best as they establish their footprint in the college football landscape.”

“I’m excited and I’ve been excited about it for a long time,” said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. “I think it’s great for us.”

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  1. I’d like to see the teams coming into the Big East for Basketball have a long and definite Basketball tradition. Going back, in time when the NIT was bigger then the NCAA even there are teams that still hold basketball as their number 1 sport!. Back then basketball schools knew who they were and that built tradition and rivalries. In time the Big East will be even better without the continued disruption of Football. Dayton, Xavier, St Louis . These schools now make the A10 a good Basketball Conference. That Conference will now suffer the same fate but the A10 saw Football coming and had more teams in their league so when Temple & Charlotte leave ( they want to go Div 1 Football), and now maybe some to the New Big East the Emphasis will still be on Basketball and the A10 will still have 10 or 12 teams still in tact. These are 2 really good basketball leagues, that don’t flaunt BCS & $s in your face all the time. I hope that does not change.
    A cool Big East Conference
    East Divisions Vill, George,Prov,St Johns, Seat H
    West Div – DePaul, Marq, Xavier, Dayton, St Louis
    Add maybe Butler and East school with a basketball following.
    Basketball junkies follow their teams and go anywhere to cheer them on

    No Matter what, TV & $s will drive allot of the teams picked, not tradition and fan support. Good Luck to the new Big East, I’ll enjoy that league and the A10 even more now if they keep the Fans and basketball first.
    PS: Yes I do love basketball.

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