Big East will keep its name, says commissioner Mike Aresco

Kristian Dyer

The Big East has decided it likes its somewhat confusing name.

Trying to stay relevant, the Big East expanded, adding teams like Temple, Central Florida and Memphis that, more or less, fit into the geographical identity of the conference. Then came new additions Boise State, San Diego State and two programs from Texas — puzzling moves considering the conference's original identity and history stemming from the Atlantic seaboard. It made sense that the Big East might need a new name to reflect its current hodgepodge of affiliations.

But not so fast. Talking to the media Saturday morning before Temple hosted Maryland at Lincoln Financial Field, Big East commissioner Mike Aresco denied any changes to the conference's moniker are forthcoming.

"We have no plans to change the name," he said, according to Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia. "We are looking at pretty much everything, because the conference is reinvented. We're reinventing it. Obviously it's going to be a bigger conference, it's going to be a more national conference in scope."

[Also: Tulane safety stops breathing after hard hit, has to be revived by CPR]

Why all the focus on the name game? Former Big East interim commissioner Joe Bailey said this past Thursday at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in New York City that a name change could be in the works. In fact, Bailey indicated that a committee was in place to explore the issue.

"The unintended consequences of adding new schools is that all of a sudden the Big East is a national conference," Bailey said according to "It extends to four time zones in major markets. In one sense, it almost represents the United States in that diversity."

It is a tricky proposition for the Big East. While the conference has slipped in terms of prestige over the past decade, there is plenty of history and tradition associated with the Big East and it would be a shame to eradicate that with a name change. And more than just football, the Big East brand in basketball still carries a tremendous amount of weight and identity.

But given the changing geographical landscape of the conference, at least on the football side, what should the Big East do? Sacrifice the history of the conference's name or continue being the nonsensical Big East with programs scattered across the U.S.?

- - -
"Like" Dr. Saturday on Facebook for football conversations and stuff you won't see on the blog. And follow Dr. Saturday at its new home on Twitter: @YahooDrSaturday

Popular Fantasy Football video on Yahoo! Sports:

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Saints player suspensions overturned on appeal; 'Bounty Four' free to play this Sunday
Al Pacino to play JoePa in biopic?
A by the numbers look at Serena Williams' U.S. Open dominance
Y! Shine: The Obamas' strict rules for Sasha and Malia

  • Why does Henrik Lundqvist start slow? (Trending Topics)

    The Rangers defeated the Islanders 5-3. It was hard not to notice Henrik Lundqvist having another rough outing on Wednesday night. Certainly, expecting Lundqvist to stay below .900 on his save percentage is a fool’s errand, but on some level, you don’t like to see a team expected to have a decent amount of problems squandering what has been a solid start to the season, possession-wise.

    Puck Daddy
  • Gretzky surprised by support from Jets fans heading into Heritage Classic alumni game

    It’s Heritage Classic weekend in the NHL, which means that there will be an alumni game between the Jets and Oilers on Saturday afternoon. The rivalry between these two teams has come down a few notches over the years (mainly because the Jets moved to Phoenix), but that doesn’t diminish how intense it used to be. It was so intense that Wayne Gretzky, who will be dressing for the Oilers alum, was surprised when he was cheered during Friday’s practice at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. “I was kind of Public Enemy No. 1 back in the day,” Gretzky said, per “But, that is the way it should be. I was with the other team. When I was in Winnipeg, the people were great to me and they always

  • Giants coach Ben McAdoo: 'We're not going to turn our back' on Josh Brown

    New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo continued to voice support for Josh Brown in the face of newly released police documents in which the kicker admitted to abusive behavior toward his ex-wife. Brown was left off the team’s flight to London following the release of the documents Wednesday, but McAdoo stuck by his player in a Friday news conference as the team preps to play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at Twickenham Stadium. “It was a tough conversation with Josh,” McAdoo said.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell details plan for Seahawks

    The Arizona Cardinals player chats with Michele Tafoya about Chandler Jones, the team's plan for the Seahawks, how the absence of Marshawn Lynch is helpful and Calais' voice.

    NBC Sports
  • Wrigley Scoreboard Operator Dreaming of Big Win

    Fred Washington, 66, is retiring from his job as a Wrigley Field scoreboard operator. He's hoping to finish his career in the World Series. (Oct. 21)

    Associated Press Videos
  • Cole Custer wins Truck Series pole at Talladega Superspeedway

    TALLADEGA, Ala. – Cole Custer will start from the pole in today’s fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway after putting down a lap of 178.417 mph in the second round of qualifying. It is Custer’s second pole of the season. He will lead the field to the green flag alongside Grant Enfinger (178.380 mph), who is in the No. 24 for GMS Racing. Enfinger’s teammates, Spencer Gallagher (178.168 mph), Ben Kennedy (178.145 mph), and Johhny Sauter (177.811 mph), rounded out the top five. Kennedy and Sauter were the fastest Chase drivers. The rest of the top 10 were Timothy Peters (177.392 mph), Cody Coughlin (177.340 mph), William Byron (177.166 mph), John Wes Townley (177.064 mph), and Korbin Forrister (176.852

    NASCAR Talk
  • Rudy Gay gave George Karl a pretty dark welcome to Sacramento

    Rudy Gay ponders another day in hell. The Sacramento Kings have been one of the worst and most unstable franchises in the NBA for the better part of a decade. Small forward Rudy Gay was apparently in that dark frame of mind when George Karl became Kings head coach in February 2015.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Chelsea: Conte expects warm reception for Mourinho; Terry is fit

    The managers are meeting the media ahead of this week’s Premier League matches, and many eyes are trained on one specific match-up. Chelsea and Manchester United meet on Sunday, the first time Jose Mourinho will manage against his old side since his unceremonious exit last winger. Mourinho, of course, led Chelsea to the 2014-15 title only to see a miserable start to the following campaign. He was hired at Manchester United this summer, but Conte thinks Mourinho’s Chelsea laurels have earned him some love from Stamford Bridge. “I have great respect for Mourinho. He deserves a good reception. He was an important man for Chelsea and wrote part of the club’s story.” Conte also touched on Paul Pogba‘s

  • Taylor Swift ready to get into a F1 frame of mind Saturday at COTA

    If you’re a fan of both Formula One and singer Taylor Swift, you should be at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Saturday. Swift will perform her only scheduled concert of 2016 after Saturday’s action concludes on the racetrack. To get her fans even more excited about the concert, Swift – who is apparently already in Austin for rehearsals – took to Instagram earlier this week and posted several videos. The first clip was a short scene showing Swift playing an acoustic guitar. The second clip, which she captioned “Band practice,” showed Swift and her band rocking out on her 2012 hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” And then the third Instagram clip shows an exuberant Swift

  • Brad Marchand on goals, Halloween costumes, Boston fan love (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Since the start of the World Cup of Hockey, Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has scored at a prolific rate. The agitating winger started the season with for Team Canada where he was the designated sniper on the top scoring line with Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron. Marchand finished that tournament with five goals and eight points in six games.

    Puck Daddy
  • The Jimmy Vesey show leads Rangers over Capitals

    Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin had the big highlight early in the game on Saturday night, but it was New York Rangers rookie Jimmy Vesey that ended up stealing the show. Vesey scored a pair of goals for the Rangers — the first multi-goal game of his career —  to help lead his team to a 4-2 win in Washington. Even though he had never played a game in the NHL before this season, Vesey was still one of the most sought after free agents this summer after he completed his college career at Harvard. He eventually signed an entry level deal with the Rangers, and given how much attention his free agency saga generated it seemed hard to believe that he could ever match the hype. Especially

  • Alex Rodriguez nearly laughed when Pete Rose complimented Derek Jeter

    Alex Rodriguez cannot stop his face from making that look when Pete Rose starts complimenting Derek Jeter. Kevin Burkhardt, Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, and Frank Thomas have been providing interesting commentary before and after the games, with A-Rod in particular standing out as a guy with deep baseball knowledge and a thoughtful approach. Of course, when you sit A-Rod and his thoughtful approach next to Pete Rose, king of the hot take, you’re bound to get a few strange and uncomfortable moments.

    Big League Stew
  • Arsenal, Middlesbrough play to scoreless draw

    Arsenal was unable to score against Middlesbrough as the teams drew 0-0. However, the Gunners did extend their Premier League unbeaten streak to eight matches.

    NBC Sports
  • Microsoft's tablet deal with the NFL has been a disaster

    The Microsoft Surface tablet is so bad that the best coach in the NFL would rather use paper. At least that’s the opinion of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who has the best record of any current active coach, and who speaks out so rarely that any time he describes something in detail, it is instant catnip for the media. It may not be a fair review of the Surface, but unfortunately for Microsoft, it has become a major story this week.

    Yahoo Finance
  • Martin Truex Jr. wins Sprint Cup Series pole at Talladega

    Martin Truex Jr. will start from the pole at Talladega Superspeedway with a lap of 193.423 mph. It is Truex’s fourth pole of the season and the 11th of his career. It is also his first pole 24 starts at Talladega. He will lead the field to the green flag alongside Brad Keselowski, who qualified second at 193.365 mph. The top five were Truex, Keselowski, Matt Kenseth (193.189 mph), Chase Elliott (193.166 mph), and Greg Biffle (193.123 mph). Four of those five (Truex, Keselowski, Kenseth, and Elliott) are Chase drivers hoping to advance into the third round of the Chase. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (192.975 mph), Kurt Busch (192.746 mph), Denny Hamlin (192.610 mph), Austin Dillon (192.177 mph), and Paul

    NASCAR Talk
  • Report: Lakers want to keep Metta World Peace… as assistant coach

    The Lakers must drop two players before the regular season. The four primary candidates: Nick Young, the only one of the four with a guaranteed salary. There was talk of waiving him anyway, but he has seemingly played his way onto the team in the preseason. Yi Jianlian, who has the highest salary of the group. His partially guaranteed, incentive-laden contract makes him an intriguing trade chip. Thomas Robinson, the youngest of the bunch. The 25-year-old might be the best center in a few years of anyone on the Lakers’ roster. Metta World Peace, the oldest player on the team. He turns 37 next month and hasn’t been productive in years. The Lakers face one tough choice. Waiving World Peace should

  • Red Sox sports medicine director says David Ortiz “was essentially playing on stumps”

    David Ortiz had a whale of a final season with the Red Sox. It was so good that he was asked, many, many times, if he was thinking of reversing his retirement decision and coming back for 2017. Ortiz always said no, he was still retiring, occasionally making mention of his aching feet and the physical grind his 40-year-old body was undergoing. We now know just how much of a grind it was. Indeed, it was extreme. We know this because Dan Dyrek, the Red Sox’ coordinator of sports medicine services, tells it to Rob Bradford of WEEI. Dyrek says that the injuries to Ortiz’s feet, which were often referred to as achilles tendon problems, were way, way more complicated than that, affecting every muscle,

  • SK Telecom T1 beats ROX Tigers in best League of Legends Worlds series of all time

    In perhaps the best five-game series of all time — and almost certainly the best in Worlds history — SKT beat ROX Tigers to punch their ticket to Staples Center and their third Worlds final in four years. After an incredibly close loss in the first game, ROX Tigers tried something that no one could have expected. Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon pulled out Miss Fortune support for Game 2 to lane with Kim “PraY” Jong-in’s Ashe.

    Taylor Cocke
  • Douglas Murray on hockey future: 'It's over now'

    Douglas Murray, defenseman for three NHL teams over 518 games, has retired. Two months after injury ended his time in Germany, he joined the Calgary Flames on a tryout for the final month of the season but never played a game. Drafted in the eighth round of the 1999 NHL Draft out of Cornell University, Murray, sometimes known by his nickname of Crankshaft, spent the first eight seasons of his career with the San Jose Sharks.

    Puck Daddy
  • The injury situation in Dallas is out of control

    Patrick Sharp, Patrick Eaves, Cody Eakin, Ales Hemsky, Jiri Hudler and Mattias Janmark. Those are the six — count ’em, six — forwards Dallas is currently without, at least as of this morning, due to a myriad of ailments. Sharp and Eaves were lost in last night’s controversial OT loss to L.A. According to head coach Lindy Ruff, Sharp is dealing with concussion symptoms and will be out “a while,” and the club is expected to know more about Eaves’ lower-body ailment today (per the Morning-News). So, what about the rest of the suffering six? Hemsky (groin) appears the closest to a return, and could possibly make his season debut in Saturday’s tilt against the Blue Jackets. Hudler, dealing with what

  • Bill Murray crashed the White House press briefing to hype up the Cubs

    When you’re Bill Murray, movie star and international man of unpredictability, sometimes you just find yourself in the White House on a random Friday. Such was the case when Murray crashed the regular White House press briefing and got in front of the mic. Wearing a Cubs pullover with a Cubs cap in his hand, Murray rattled off all the reasons he thinks the Cubs have the best shot to win their National League Championship Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Big League Stew
  • Michigan lined up in a 10-man centipede formation again

    Jim Harbaugh is unique. Michigan’s coaches don’t call it that -- they call it “trains” — but we’re not Michigan’s coaches. Needing two yards, Michigan came out with five linemen, three tight ends, a fullback, and a running back.

    SB Nation
  • Hamilton fastest, Mercedes gaps field in opening USGP practice

    Lewis Hamilton made an impressive start to the United States Grand Prix weekend in Austin, Texas by topping the first Formula 1 practice session on Friday morning at the Circuit of The Americas. Hamilton arrived in Austin trailing Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 33 points at the top of the drivers’ championship, having not won a race since the end of July. The Briton is a three-time victor at COTA, as well as claiming the last F1 win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway back in 2007, making the United States a happy hunting ground for the defending champion. Hamilton and Rosberg came out of the blocks early in FP1, immediately pulling clear of the field with laps on the super-soft tire. Hamilton

  • NASCAR America: Ryan Reed on Sprint Cup debut: Never thought I’d make it

    Ryan Reed calls in to NASCAR America to talk about making his Sprint Cup debut this weekend at Talladega. Reed says he’s trying to keep it business as usual, especially when it comes to managing his diabetes.

    NASCAR Talk
  • Being back with Knicks feels like 'heaven' for Rose

    After missing nine practices and five of the team's preseason games, Derrick Rose is back with the Knicks and gearing up for the start of the season.

    Comcast SportsNet New York