The 7 Big East Catholic schools announced on Saturday that they were leaving the conference, with a departure date of June 30, 2015.
The Big East responded with a short statement, acknowledging the decision by Providence, St. John’s, Marquette, DePaul, Seton Hall, Villanova and Georgetown.
This couldn’t wait for 48 hours?
It couldn’t have been put on hold until Monday?.
On a day when police were removing the bodies of 26 people, including 20 children from an elementary school in Newtown, Ct, which is very much in the geographical footprint of the conference St. John’s and friends are leaving, I could give a hoot about why the Big East Catholic schools decided to leave.
It wasn’t a mystery. The tweet world has known about it for 72 hours.
But it couldn’t wait. They had to have a conference call on Saturday, when that could have been postponed.
If they had left it with a pair of statements and an explanation that Saturday was not a day to discuss it, I would have even accepted that.
Yes, they played games, because money had been paid, arrangements had been made which affected lots of people.
The games went on with moments of silence at lots of places
But this wasn’t a game. This could have waited for 48 hours..
But for the Catholic schools it wasn’t enough. A teleconference was set up for late Saturday afternoon, with St. John’s President Rev. Donald Harrington serving as the lead voice.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
This is a world gone crazy with a need to know what happened and why it happened now. Media wise it has gone viral in so many wrong ways.
A Connecticut paper posted a story about how its reporter was the first person to inform the father of the mass killer that his son and his ex-wife had been died. The story was displayed like a badge of honor.
Great reporting? How about human decency in telling the man that part of his family had been wiped out and leave it at that?
This is a time when the New York Post proudly published a front page picture of man who was about to be pulverized by a subway train.
The motto of tabloid journalism is “If it bleeds, it leads (the paper)”.
Life will go on. It always does, no matter how tragic the events that take place. But sometime you have to wonder if human decency still exists.
It is fine to talk about other things in passing in the toy department of the world which is what sports originally was labeled.
I have done that earlier with just idle thoughts.
But in terms of hard news and teleconferences talking about stuff like conference realignment and who will play who in 2014, that could have waited.
As much as former UConn coach Jim Calhoun has been criticized for some of the things he has said and done, no one should have a problem with how Calhoun handled things on Friday as he was preparing to give a speech at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Just before Calhoun gave his speech, he was informed of what happened in Newtown. Calhoun immediately switched subjects and talked about children and how fragile things are in this life.
Make no mistake, the reason for St. John’s and the other schools departure is of immense interest since it is a move which basically tears apart what was one of the greatest leagues in college basketball ever since it was created in 1979.
I will write about, it analyze it and critique it.
But not today.
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