John Feinstein on the Big East shake up
Reports are swirling that Georgetown University will join six other Big East schools and depart the conference.
Georgetown would leave the conference, along with other Catholic basketball-only schools in the conference St. Johns, Providence, Marquette, DePaul, Seton Hall and Villanova, John Feinstein has confirmed. What the seven schools will do upon leaving the Big East remains very much in question.
Some reports suggest that the schools could try to poach other prominent basketball programs like VCU or Butler, or add other Catholic institutions to a league such as Dayton and Xavier. Questions also remain as to exit fees owed to the current Big East.
While so much remains in limbo, what is clear is that the current Big East conference is on the verge of collapse.
The conference once enjoyed some of the most prominent college basketball in the country, but as football took over college sports the conference struggled. After steadily losing teams to the ACC, few of the conference's original schools remain. Over the last decade the Big East lost Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College, then later Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced their intention to leave the Big East for the ACC. Notre Dame announced earlier this year it would leave the Big East for the ACC and join as a non-football member.
After Maryland announced it would leave the ACC for the Big Ten in November, Louisville quickly accepted an invitation to replace the Terps in the ACC. To counter, the Big East brought in Tulane University.
For years the Big East was dotted with teams up and down the East Coast. Soon the conference will range from across the country as teams like SMU, Houston, Memphis, Central Florida, Tulane and Temple join for all sports.
Georgetown and the other Catholic schools in the current Big East may not know for sure what the next move is, but it appears they know something must be done. Now.