The Big East would like everyone to know it’s still a conference, according to an ambiguous release issued by the conference Friday.
The member schools - UCF, Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Navy, San Diego State, USF, SMU, Temple and Tulane – wanted to let everyone know they had a productive meeting, but they can’t tell you what about, what was discussed or whether the conference will indeed exist come 2014.
Other than that, nothing to see here.
“The BIG EAST Presidents and Athletic Directors had a very productive meeting discussing current issues and the future of our strong Conference. We are encouraged about moving forward. Although we cannot comment specifically about some of our challenges, this meeting confirmed our common vision for the future.”
But the conference won’t say what that vision is. Best guess is that it’s to stay together in the wake of Boise State deciding to remain in the Mountain West and San Diego State possibly doing the same. If that happens, other schools also could be on the fence about making the transition to the Big East from their respective nonautomatic qualifying conferences.
So, for those keeping track, the Big East is still a conference, but that’s all we’re allowed to know at this time.
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