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Report: Non-football schools discuss leaving Big East

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By Wire Reports
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 9:02 p.m.
 

Representatives from the Big East's non-football schools — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova — met Sunday with conference commissioner Mike Aresco to discuss the league's TV future, which is up for grabs.

The seven schools are attempting to secure the best television deal possible and are debating whether to split from the Big East, according to an ESPN.com report.

The seven schools have a majority vote, with the three remaining FBS members being Connecticut, Cincinnati and South Florida. But the group of seven doesn't have the two-thirds vote to dissolve the league. Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Owls are a full voting member, even though they don't join in all sports until July 1, 2013, and likely wouldn't vote to dissolve the league.

A possible landing spot for the Big East's non-football schools could be the Atlantic 10, which has discussed the possibility of a 21-team basketball league, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com Tuesday.

The A-10 is a 16-team basketball conference this season, but Temple and Charlotte are set to leave. Butler and VCU, two programs that were in the 2011 Final Four, are set to join the A-10.

 

 
 


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