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Catholic 7 discuss timing of Big East exit
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On January 3, 2013 @ 6:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Mark Blaudschun, USA TODAY Sports
The Presidents of the Big East Catholic 7 – St. John’s, DePaul, Providence, Marquette, Villanova, Seton Hall and Georgetown – who announced last month that they were splitting from their football brethren, will meet as a group Friday in New York in the first of many steps towards forming a 10- or 12-team basketball conference, according to a person familiar with the meeting.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the meeting details were supposed to remain confidential.
Although no major expansion plans are expected to be announced, the group is expected to announce that it has reached an agreement with the remaining Big East schools to leave the league a year earlier than originally stated, with a start-up date of July 1, 2014, rather than July 1, 2015.
“”It’s been very cordial,” said Big East commissioner Mike Aresco, while conceding that the negotiations on the financial details of the breakup are ongoing.
Aresco also is trying to keep the football schools together after this week’s decision by Boise State to stay with the Mountain West rather than jump to the Big East.
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