Big East Basketball Schools Decide To Split

The Big East’s seven nonfootball-playing members have decided to separate from the league’s football-playing members and would like to announce the decision at some point during the next week barring an unexpected change of plans, multiple sources within the conference told on Thursday.

The NY Post reported that the split would be announced later Thursday. But a source told that no announcment is expected that soon.

This all comes after reported late Wednesday that the Big East’s nonfootball-playing members — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova — were “leaning” toward separating.

USA Today subsequently reported that Big East commissioner Mike Aresco is “exploring all avenues to hold the conference together” but added an “official at a school moving to the Big East in 2013 [said] the football schools are under the impression that a breakup is imminent.”

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