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Big East Conference
(Big East)
Big East Conference logo
Established July 1, 2013
Association NCAA
Division Division I (non-football)
Members 10 (All-sports Members)
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 10; women's: 12)
Region Northeastern and Midwestern United States
Headquarters New York City, New York
Commissioner Val Ackerman (since 2013)
Website bigeast.org
Locations
Big East Conference locations

The Big East Conference (stylized as BIG EAST) is a collegiate athletic conference that competes in NCAA Division I in all sports except football, which is not sponsored. The conference has been officially recognized as a Division I multi-sport conference, effective on August 1, 2013.1 Its nucleus is composed of the "Catholic Seven" members of the Big East Conference (1979–2013): DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, Seton Hall University, St. John's University, and Villanova University.2 In December 2012, these schools chose to split from the football playing schools in order to focus on basketball, and in March 2013 reached a settlement, whereby they formed a new conference that assumed the Big East name and logo. Butler University, Creighton University, and Xavier University also joined the conference on its July 1, 2013 launch date.3 The football-playing members of the old Big East joined with several other schools to form the American Athletic Conference, which retains the old Big East's charter and structure. However, both conferences claim 1979 as their founding date, and the same history up to 2013.45

Val Ackerman, former WNBA president, has been commissioner since June 26, 2013. On the same day Ackerman was named as commissioner, it announced that it will be headquartered in New York City.678 None of the conference's schools sponsor varsity football in the top-level Division I FBS. Georgetown, Villanova, and Butler do operate programs in the second-level Division I FCS, though only Villanova offers scholarships to its football players.

History

The original Big East

The original Big East Conference was founded in 1979 as a basketball conference, when Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, and Syracuse invited Seton Hall, Connecticut (UConn), Holy Cross, Rutgers, and Boston College (BC). Holy Cross turned down the invitation, as did Rutgers initially, while BC, Seton Hall, and UConn accepted.91011 Villanova and Pittsburgh joined shortly thereafter under the leadership of the Big East's first commissioner, Dave Gavitt.121314

The conference remained largely unchanged until 1991, when it began to sponsor football, adding Miami as a full member, and Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia as football-only members.15 Rutgers and West Virginia upgraded to full Big East membership in 1995, while Virginia Tech did the same in 2000. Temple football was kicked out after the 2004 season, but rejoined in 2012 and intended to become a full Big East member in 2013.

The unusual structure of the Big East, with the "football" and "non-football" schools, led to instability in the conference.16 The waves of defection and replacement brought about by the conference realignments of 2005 and 2010–13 revealed tension between the football-sponsoring and non-football schools that eventually led to the split of the conference in 2013.17

The conference reorganized following the tumultuous period of realignment that hobbled the Big East between 2010 and 2013. The Big East was one of the most severely impacted conferences during the most recent conference realignment period. In all, 14 member schools announced their departure for other conferences, and 15 other schools announced plans to join the conference (eight as all-sports members, and four for football only). Three of the latter group later backed out of their plans to join (one for all sports, and the other two for football only).

The present Big East

Locations of the Big East Conference member institutions for the 2013-14 academic year.

On December 15, 2012 the Big East's seven non-FBS schools, all Catholic institutions – DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, and Villanova – announced that they had voted unanimously to separate from the Big East football playing schools, effective June 30, 2015.18 Among the many rumor-fueled news stories, it was reported that the so-called Catholic 7, in leaving the Big East, were looking for a more lucrative television deal than they would have received by remaining with the football schools.19 In March 2013, it was announced that the Catholic 7 were not only parting ways with the football playing schools on June 30, 2013, but that they would retain the Big East name, $10 million from the old conference's treasury, and the right to hold the conference's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden.20

On March 14, 2013, it was reported that the Big East would be adding members in the next seven to ten days.21 The following day, ESPN stated that the Big East would add Butler and Xavier from the Atlantic 10 Conference, as well as Creighton from the Missouri Valley Conference, with an official announcement to be forthcoming within the next week, although the institutions which were reportedly joining were refusing to comment.22

At a news conference in New York City on March 20, 2013, the reorganized league was formally introduced with Butler, Xavier, and Creighton included as members. Additional announcements included details of new contracts for television and for the use of Madison Square Garden as site of the men's basketball tournament.323 It billed itself as a return to Gavitt's original vision of a strong, Northeast-based basketball conference.5

During May 2013, the conference added several Associate members in lacrosse and field hockey. The University of Denver will play in the men's lacrosse league starting in spring of 2014,24 while Rutgers University men's lacrosse will play the 2014 season in the Big East before moving to the Big Ten in 2014–15.25 Additionally, the Big East will host both women's lacrosse and field hockey teams from Rutgers, Temple, Connecticut, and Louisville. Old Dominion will also play field hockey in the league, while Cincinnati will play women's lacrosse.26

Member schools

Membership timeline

Atlantic Coast Conference University of Louisville Big East Conference (1979–2013) Old Dominion University Colonial Athletic Association Temple University Atlantic 10 Conference University of Cincinnati Big East Conference (1979–2013) Big Ten Conference Rutgers University Big East Conference (1979–2013) University of Connecticut Big East Conference (1979–2013) University of Denver ECAC Lacrosse League Xavier University Atlantic 10 Conference Creighton University Missouri Valley Conference Butler University Atlantic 10 Conference Horizon League Marquette University Big East Conference (1979–2013) DePaul University Big East Conference (1979–2013) Villanova University Big East Conference (1979–2013) Seton Hall University Big East Conference (1979–2013) St. John's University (New York) Big East Conference (1979–2013) Providence College Big East Conference (1979–2013) Georgetown University Big East Conference (1979–2013)

Big East Conference (1979–2013) members Big East Conference members Associate member

Charter members

With the exception of Butler, all full members are Catholic schools.

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors US News Ranking27 Endowment
Butler University Indianapolis, IN 1855 2013 Private/Non-sectarian 4,667 Bulldogs Butler Blue & White
         
2 (Midwest) $157,549,000
Creighton University Omaha, NE 1878 2013 Private/Catholic
(Jesuit)
7,730 Bluejays Blue & White
         
1 (Midwest) $375,221,000
DePaul University Chicago, IL 1898 2013 Private/Catholic
(Vincentian)
25,398 Blue Demons Royal Blue & Scarlet
         
121 (National) $414,000,000
Georgetown University Washington, D.C. 1789 2013 Private/Catholic
(Jesuit)
16,437 Hoyas Blue & Gray
         
20 (National) $1,009,736,000
Marquette University Milwaukee, WI 1881 2013 Private/Catholic
(Jesuit)
11,599 Golden Eagles Blue & Gold
         
75 (National) $401,200,000
Providence College Providence, RI 1917 2013 Private/Catholic
(Dominican)
4,585 Friars Black, White & Silver
              
2 (North) $167,110,000
St. John's University New York City, NY 1870 2013 Private/Catholic
(Vincentian)
21,354 Red Storm Red & White
         
152 (National) $303,057,000
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 1856 2013 Private/Catholic
(Diocesan)
9,745 Pirates Blue, White & Gray
              
128 (National) $224,233,000
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1842 2013 Private/Catholic
(Augustinian)
10,482 Wildcats Blue, Light Blue & White
              
1 (North) $425,000,000
Xavier University Cincinnati, OH 1831 2013 Private/Catholic
(Jesuit)
6,584 Musketeers Xavier Blue, Silver Gray & White
              
4 (Midwest) $119,509,000

Associate members

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors US News Ranking27 Endowment Sport(s) Primary Conference
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 2013 Private 11,476 Pioneers Crimson & Gold
         
91 (National) $380,000,000 Men's Lacrosse The Summit League
Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey 1766 2013 Public 58,788 Scarlet Knights Scarlet
    
69 (National) $693,500,000 Field Hockey,
Men's & Women's Lacrosse
American Athletic Conference
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 2013 Public 38,648 Owls Cherry & White
         
121 (National) $277,600,000 Field Hockey,
Women's Lacrosse
American Athletic Conference
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881 2013 Public 25,483 Huskies Navy Blue & White
         
57 (National) $311,300,000 Field Hockey,
Women's Lacrosse
American Athletic Conference
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 2013 Public 22,293 Cardinals UofL Red & Black
         
161 (National) $721,100,000 Field Hockey,
Women's Lacrosse
American Athletic Conference
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 2013 Public 33,329 Bearcats Red & Black
         
135 (National) $1,004,000,000 Women's Lacrosse American Athletic Conference
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 2013 Public 24,126 Lady Monarchs Slate Blue, Silver, & Light Blue
              
N/R (National) $168,100,000 Field Hockey Conference USA

Rutgers and Louisville's Big East sports will leave on July 1, 2014 to join the Big Ten Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference, respectively.

Men's Sports

In the 2013-14 academic year, the Big East Conference will sponsor championship competition in ten men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Seven schools will be associate members in three sports.28

Men's sponsored sports by school
School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
(Indoor)
Track
& Field
(Outdoor)
Total
Big East
Sports
Butler Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Creighton Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
DePaul Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Georgetown Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Marquette Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Providence Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
St. John's Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Seton Hall Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN 6
Villanova Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Xavier Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 7 10 9 9 5+2 10 5 8 7 7 77+2

= Associates Denver and Rutgers

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big East Conference which are played by Big East schools
School Fencing Football Ice Hockey Rowing Sailing
Butler No Pioneer Football League No No No
Georgetown No Patriot League No Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Intercollegiate Sailing Association
Providence No No Hockey East No No
St. John's Independent No No No No
Villanova No Colonial Athletic Association No No No

Basketball

The 2013-2014 season marked the inaugural season of the reconfigured Big East. Kicking off with media day at Chelsea Piers, the season started with much fanfare and excitement around the country's elite basketball-centric conference. Aided by the lucrative TV agreement with Fox Sports 1, almost all Big East games were televised, helping to maintain and grow Big East basketball as the national brand loved by millions. With a strong first year, the league is poised to continue growing and build a dominant basketball league. For 2014, the Big East has four schools ranked in the top 20 and 6 schools in the top 30 recruiting classes nationally according to ESPN, Scout and Rivals rankings. The league could become even more competitive and dominant if the rumors of expansion come true as prime targets St. Louis, Dayton, and VCU all had impressive seasons with NCAA Tournament births.

Year Regular Season Champion Player of the Year Tournament Champion Tournament MVP NCAA Tournament Bids
2013-2014 Villanova Doug McDermott (Creighton) Providence Bryce Cotton (Providence) Villanova #2 East, Creighton #3 West, Providence #11 East, Xavier #11 Midwest
2014-2015 tbd tbd tbd tbd tbd
2015-2016 tbd tbd tbd tbd tbd
2016-2017 tbd tbd tbd tbd tbd

Soccer

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion Tournament Runner Up NCAA Tournament Bids
2013 Georgetown Marquette Providence Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. Johns
2014 tbd tbd tbd tbd
2015 tbd tbd tbd tbd
2016 tbd tbd tbd tbd

Lacrosse

BIG EAST men's lacrosse is made up of charter members Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, and Villanova, as well as Denver. NCAA regulations state that there must be six teams for a league to field a sport and since Butler, Creighton, Depaul, Seton Hall, and Xavier only field club teams, the BIG EAST had to look elsewhere. Both Denver and Johns Hopkins were rumored as targets for potential invitation and Denver was ultimately invited to join the BIG EAST as a lacrosse-only member. Denver joins the BIG EAST as one of the hottest teams in the country, having reached six NCAA Tournament appearances in the last eight years and two Final Four appearances in the last four years. The University of Denver's primary league is The Summit League for all other sports, because of their location in Denver, Colorado. There is still uncertainty to whether or not Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Seton Hall, or Xavier will elevate their programs from the club level, or if any other programs will receive lacrosse-only invitations.

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion Tournament Runner Up NCAA Tournament Bids
2014 tbd tbd tbd tbd
2015 tbd tbd tbd tbd
2016 tbd tbd tbd tbd

Baseball

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion Tournament Runner Up NCAA Tournament Bids
2014 tbd tbd tbd tbd
2014 tbd tbd tbd tbd
2014 tbd tbd tbd tbd

Women's Sports

Women's sponsored sports by school
School Basketball Cross
Country
Field
Hockey
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
(Indoor)
Track
& Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total
Big East
Sports
Butler Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Creighton Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY 7
DePaul Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Georgetown Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
Marquette Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Providence Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
St. John's Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Seton Hall Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY 8
Villanova Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Xavier Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 10 10 3+5 6 3+5†† 10 8 6 10 8 8 10 91+10

= Associates Connecticut, Louisville, Old Dominion, Rutgers, and Temple

†† = Associates Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers, and Temple

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big East Conference which are played by Big East schools
School Fencing Ice Hockey Rowing Sailing Water Polo
Creighton No No West Coast Conference No No
Georgetown No No Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges Intercollegiate Sailing Association No
Providence No Hockey East No No No
St. John's Independent No No No No
Villanova No No American Athletic Conference No Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Facilities

School Soccer stadium Cap. Basketball arena(s) Cap. Baseball park Cap. Softball park Cap. Lacrosse stadium Cap.
Full Members
Butler Butler Bowl 5,647 Hinkle Fieldhouse 10,000 Bulldog Park 500 Butler Softball Field 500 Non-Lacrosse school
Creighton Morrison Stadium 6,000 M:CenturyLink Center Omaha
W:D. J. Sokol Arena
18,320
2,950
Creighton Sports Complex
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
2,000
24,505
Creighton Sports Complex 1,000 Non-Lacrosse school
DePaul Wish Field 1,000 M:Allstate Arena
W:Sullivan Athletic Center
17,500
3,000
Non-baseball school Cacciatore Stadium 1,000 Non-Lacrosse school
Georgetown North Kehoe Field 1,625 M:Verizon Center
W:McDonough Gymnasium
20,035
2,500
Shirley Povich Field 1,500 Guy Mason Field 200 Multi-Sport Field 2,500
Marquette Valley Fields 1,600 M:BMO Harris Bradley Center
W:Al McGuire Center
18,850
4,000
Non-baseball school Non-softball school Time Warner Cable Stadium
Hart Park Stadium
W:Valley Fields
7,000
5,500
1600
Providence Hendricken Field 1,000 M:Dunkin' Donuts Center
W:Alumni Hall
12,400
1,854
Non-baseball school Raymond Field (RI) 250 Lennon Family Field 1,000
Seton Hall Owen T. Carroll Field 1,800 M:Prudential Center
W:Walsh Gymnasium
18,711
2,600
Owen T. Carroll Field 600 Essex County
Mike Shepard, Sr. Field
300 Non-Lacrosse school
St. John's Belson Stadium 2,168 M:Madison Square Garden
M&W:Carnesecca Arena a
19,979
5,602
Jack Kaiser Stadium 3,500 Red Storm Field 250 DaSilva Memorial Field 1,200
Villanova Villanova Soccer Complex 1,500 M&W:Wells Fargo Center
M&W:The Pavilion b
20,328
6,500
Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth 1,500 Villanova Softball Complex 250 Villanova Stadium 12,500
Xavier Xavier University Soccer Complex 1,000 Cintas Center 10,250 J. Page Hayden Field 500 Non-softball school Non-Lacrosse school
Associate Members
Denver Lacrosse-only member Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium 2,000
Rutgers Lacrosse-only member (2013–14 only) Yurcak Field 5,000

Notes:

  1. ^ St. John's men generally play their Big East home schedule in Madison Square Garden and their non-conference home schedule on campus at Carnesecca Arena. In 2012-13, St. John's played only one non-conference game at MSG and two Big East games on campus.29
  2. ^ For certain high-profile home games, Villanova uses the Wells Fargo Center, and previously used the Spectrum. In 2005–06, Villanova played three home games at the Wells Fargo Center and the rest on campus at The Pavilion. In 2006, the Wells Fargo Center was also a first-round site for the NCAA Tournament. Under NCAA rules, a venue is not considered a home court unless a school plays four or more regular-season games there; this enabled Villanova to play its first two tournament games at the Wells Fargo Center (but Villanova was not considered the host school for that sub-region – the Atlantic 10 Conference was). This situation occurred again in 2009, with Villanova playing (and winning) its first two tournament games at Wells Fargo Center.

See also

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  28. ^ BIGEAST.COM - The Official Website of the BIG EAST Conference
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