Xavier makes Big East move official
by Cliff Peale, USA TODAY Sports
Xavier University will formally accept its invitation into the new Big East Conference on Wednesday in New York.
The league, created from seven Catholic non-football schools that withdrew from the current Big East, also will include Butler and Creighton, starting this fall.
Xavier President Father Michael Graham will be in New York for the 11 a.m. ET announcement. The new league will keep the Big East name and keep its men’s basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden.
It also has been negotiating a television contract with the new Fox Sports 1 network.
The decision will end the Xavier’s long run with Atlantic 10 conference. It joined the league for the 1995-96 academic year.
The Musketeers basketball program will benefit from the change with the addition of a conference schedule that includes powers Georgetown, Villanova and Marquette.… [For more on Xavier will make move to Big East official Wednesday, click here.]