From the moment it was born, the Big East was a dead league walking. Even through its best years, the whole thing felt like an arranged marriage made for network boardrooms. Now that it is ending, the biggest surprise isn't that the Big East has fallen apart for good, but rather that it lasted for 34 years.
On Tuesday, the conference begins its final tournament in its current form. Then again, it's hard to know what form that is exactly. The Big East has been many things in its existence – a union of small Northeastern basketball schools, a football league, a haphazard hybrid of both. Each reinvention was another attempt to resuscitate a league that was never going to be saved. Its demise was only a matter of time.
The problem with the Big East is that it started as an experiment. Could the best basketball schools from Boston to Washington form a league based on television money? For a time, they could. As college basketball blossomed and coaches became superstars themselves,Read More »from Big East's tumultuous run doomed from the get-go