Big East, Catholic Seven Announce Split

Mike Aresco

The Big East and Catholic Seven schools formally announced their intentions to part ways today in a press release by the league. The split, set to take place July 1, 2013, includes the Catholic Seven taking the Big East name with it.

The Big East as it has been known is no more. Formally announced today by league offices, that the split is set for July 1, 2013 when the Catholic Seven breaks away and brings the name with it.

Along with departing schools Syracuse and Pittsburgh, the contingent of non-football catholic schools are now set to leave the conference to form a new Big East.

Many details still need to be finalized, but Villanova, Marquette, Georgetown, Seton Hall, DePaul, Providence and St. John's are set to create their own conference.

"I am pleased that this agreement has been reached," said commissioner Mike Aresco in a statement. "With the long-term well-being of our outstanding institutions and their student-athletes of paramount importance, each group worked through a number of complex issues in an orderly, comprehensive and amicable manner marked by mutual respect. We part ways as friends and colleagues and look forward to the success of both conferences."

The split leaves Rutgers, Connecticut, South Florida, Cincinnati and Louisville as the remnants of the old Big East in what is expected to become the America 12 conference.

Louisville and Rutgers, however, have already announced intentions to depart the league for the ACC and Big Ten respectfully.

"We are grateful to Commissioner Michael Aresco for spearheading an agreement that truly represents the best path forward for each of our great institutions and the thousands of student-athletes who compete for our schools annually," said the Catholic Seven in a joint statement. "It is a great credit to Mike, our colleagues, and all involved that we were able to work through a host of highly complex and time-sensitive issues in such a short period of time. We are pleased that we reached this amicable and mutually-beneficial separation by approaching each issue with a spirit of cooperation and shared respect."

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