Temple Cannot Stop Catholic Dissolution of Big East (UPDATED)
Even though it is a full voting member of the Big East, Temple cannot stop the Catholic dissolution of the conference, a source with direct knowledge told SNY.tv.
“They could not stop it,” the source said. “There’s language within the bylaws or the contracts that basically they or the football group could not stop that from happening. There’s some kind of clause pertaining to the dissolution of the league where it doesn’t apply. There’s a loophole there somewhere.”
We previously been reported that the seven Catholic schools — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova — had the necessary two-thirds vote to dissolve the conference over the three remaining all-sports schools — Cincinnati, UConn and South Florida.
The five schools that announced they are leaving the Big East — Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Notre Dame and Rutgers — no longer have voting privileges within the league.
As has been widely reported, the Presidents and AD’s from the seven Catholic schools met Sunday in New York with Commissioner Mike Aresco to discuss the league’s future.
“Everybody is trying to gather information in a very cooperative, group-like setting,” Marquette AD Larry Williams told ESPNWisconsin. “But there have been no decisions made yet. There’s just been a lot of discussion about why people think the way they do and what would be their driving points.”
Williams dismissed the idea of the Catholic schools joining with teams from the A-10, although ESPN.com reported that the A-10 would be interested in adding some of the Big East’s basketball-only schools.
“When you think about the A-10, I don’t even really view the remnants of the Big East in the same light as I do the A-10,” he said.
“There’s no Georgetown in the A-10. Georgetown has won a national championship. There’s no Marquette in the A-10. They’ve not won a national championship in their history. They have a couple of good schools and they have some nice quality across the board, but I certainly, and I know I’m being sort of a homer here, but I certainly think the Big East basketball schools present a profile that is superior to what the depth of the A-10 is.”
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