Things that happened in the world this week which a Jersey Guy noted:
Here’s how it should go down with the Big East divorce. The next two days will be filled with a series of telephone calls, which will firm up the proposals on both the Big East football side and the Catholic 7 basketball side.
On Monday, more formal discussions will resume. They could get the deal done on Monday, but it will probably drag into Tuesday or even Wednesday before the announcement will be made.
The final money figures will be worked out by the lawyers, who are the only real winners in this circus.
If they can get it done by Tuesday night, Fox sports can have its press conference with the Catholic 7 as stars of the show. If not….well, let’s just say sometimes paybacks are indeed expensive.
The Catholic 7 group of Seton Hall, Georgetown, Villanova, St. John’s, Providence, Marquette, and DePaul will leave the Big East on June 30th. They will be able to take the “Big East” name with them. They will then quickly move to add Butler and Xavier as part of the group which begins business on July 1 as the new-old basketball version of the Big East. They will consider adding a 10th team for next season, but probably reject it, feeling very comfortable with a double round robin conference schedule.
Creighton, Richmond, Dayton and Saint Louis are on call as potential additional members.
Negotiations will begin immediately to make Madison Square Garden the host of the new Big East tournament, which will get done.
A new staff must be hired, many of whom will come from the Big East offices. A new commissioner must also be hired, either on a temporary basis (Joe Bailey?) or a permanent, which could mean that someone like West Coast Conference commissioner Jamie Zaninovich gets a call.
The football version of the Big East will maintain its conference offices in Providence for the time being, with a new name on the door. They will begin plans to have a 10 team conference in football and basketball next fall–UConn, Cincinnati, South Florida, Temple, Central Florida, SMU, Memphis, Houston, Rutgers and Louisville.
Notre Dame will not be part of the basketball conference, because the Irish will be allowed to leave for the ACC a year early, which could also affect Louisville, which is also scheduled to depart for the ACC in 2014.
By 2014, the new name conference–we still like something like the Big American Conference–will have Tulane and East Carolina as full time members, with Tulsa and Navy (football only) ready to join a year later
A new basketbll conference tournament site will have to be found, with New York and New Jersey, Philadelphia or Memphis likely landing areas.
Forget the part about Notre Dame being part of the Catholic 7 for a year. A large segment of the Catholic 7 group really doesn’t want the Irish as a one and done participant.
And then it will be over. Both sides can move on with their athletic lives.
Princeton beats Harvard at Princeton’s Jadwin Gymnasium. Again. And again. Make that 24 agains, which gives you the feeling that if the Crimson went into Jadwin and saw a men’s over 40 recreation team on the court, they would also lose. Harvard coach Tommy Amaker says its not fair to put 24 years of the losing streak on his team, but you can put the last two seasons when Harvard had the better team and lost each time, after beating the same Princeton team at Harvard. Who’s No. 1? For the time being it should be Gonzaga on Monday. And no one should be surprised if the Zags are also No. 1 walking off the court in Atlanta next month with their first national championship. They are that good…Don’t look now, but the Pac-12 may be moving up in status. Arizona and UCLA will meet in a Pac-12 regular season showdown on Saturday night a UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and join Oregon, California and Colorado as probable NCAA tournament teams, which would give the Pac-12 5 teams. That would be a pretty good bump from the two teams the conference has had in two of the last three seasons..What’s with Rory McElroy, who has basically bombed out in his first three appearances on the PGA tour this season?..Good news for Northeastern. No matter what happens the next two weeks, Coach Billy Coen’s team will receive an NIT bid as the Colonial Athletic Association regular season champion. Raven QB Joe Flacco takes his team to a Super Bowl win and he gets rewarded with a 6-year 120 million dollar contract, which makes Flacco the highest paid NFL player. Sometimes the system works…It’s March, which means there will be coaching openings. Someone needs to hire former BC coach Al Skinner and Billy Coen should also get some calls. Just a hunch, but we think that Harvard’s Amaker wouldn’t be a bad fit at USC.
Enough of storming the court after games which are good, but not epic. the latest case involving Virginia fans charging of the court after the Cavs win over Duke has drawn the attention of Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski and the ACC. Nice win for the Cavs, but hardly epic. It happened last year when Princeton beat Harvard again at Jadwin. I was at the game and saw what was about to happen and I asked a Princeton student who was about to leap over the press table the following question. “You have beaten these guys (Harvard) here for the past 23 years, why is this a big deal?” Being a Princeton kid, he thought about his answer. “Good question,’ he said, as he leaped onto the court, barely missing my laptop.© Copyright 2013 Mark, All rights Reserved. Written For: A Jersey Guy