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Report: Big East basketball-only schools to split from conference

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The Big East Conference will announce Thursday that its non-FBS programs are splitting from the rest of the conference, sources told The New York Post.

The presidents of the seven schools without a big-time football program -- DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova -- reportedly held a conference call with Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco, and are expected to issue a statement Thursday afternoon.

Citing multiple sources, the Post said that the seven basketball-centric schools had grown tired of the slew of defections in the past few years. The Big East was founded in 1979 and become notable in the 80s behind basketball programs like Georgetown, St. John's and Villanova, but has recently watched as members with FBS programs left for lucrative TV deals.

The paper said it wasn't whether the seven schools, which together hold a majority vote, would dissolve the league.
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