User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Butler, Creighton, Xavier join new Big East

NEW YORK (AP) - The reconfigured Big East officially got three new members on Tuesday - Butler, Creighton and Xavier - and will start play next season with its tournament at Madison Square Gardena and a lucrative broadcasting contract from Fox.

Advertisement
The reworked league, put together after a split with the old Big East was completed earlier this month, will feature the so-called Catholic 7 schools from the old conference plus the three new arrivals.

Together, the basketball-oriented schools have a 12-year deal with Fox worth about $600 million, according to a person with knowledge of the details. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the value was not made public.

Providence's president, the Rev. Brian Shanley, was a student at the college when its athletic director, Dave Gavitt, spearheaded the creation of the Big East in 1979. The conference's name was proposed his father's marketing firm.

``This name is bold. This name is strong. This name is memorable,'' Shanley said. ``That's why it's been important for us to keep that name and keep that legacy going.''

Providence, Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova, Marquette, Seton Hall and DePaul broke away from the old conference in search of stability, which was badly lacking as the football members kept leaving for other leagues.

They feel they've found kindred spirits in Butler, Creighton and Xavier, all private schools with fewer than 8,000 students.

Creighton's president, the Rev. Timothy Lannon, voiced an appropriate sentiment for a conference with only Butler as a non-Catholic member.

``This is a match made in heaven,'' he said.

Oh, and these new schools can play basketball a little, too.

Creighton is in its seventh NCAA tournament in 13 years. Xavier was one of only eight schools in the country to make at least seven straight NCAA appearances before missing out this season.

And Butler played in the national championship game in 2010 and '11.

Butler and Xavier are leaving the Atlantic 10, while Creighton departs the Missouri Valley Conference.

Butler coach Brad Stevens' name always comes up when high-profile jobs open. Now he'll be coaching in the Big East.

``The idea of being able to go to the very highest level of conference is attractive,'' said athletic director Barry Collier, who can speak from experience because he once left the Butler coaching job for a less-successful stint at Nebraska. ``In this case, we brought the attractive conference to Brad Stevens.''

Xavier's president, the Rev. Michael Graham, can't wait for coach Chris Mack's new pitch to recruits: You can play every March at the Garden, and go on the road to places like Georgetown.

``I'm sure that we're going to have an opportunity to recruit a kid that's a step quicker, a little bit deadlier,'' he said, mimicking a shooting motion, ``than we had before. That's going to make, obviously, a difference in the program. We've done very well for the last several years by any metric, so this is going to allow us to take what we want to take - which is our next step forward.

``We haven't been to a Final Four yet.''

Creighton is the geographical outlier in Omaha. The Bluejays bring a strong overall athletic program, loyal fan base and attractive arena.

And Creighton may not remain by itself in the middle of the country - the Big East is open to potentially adding more members in the future.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Pitt, WVU to renew hoops rivalry
Richmond promoted on Mullin's staff
Indiana uncertain about Hartman
Abdul-Jabbar writing about Wooden
New Florida AD Stricklin embraces task
GW names Joseph interim coach
NW to play 2018 games in Rosemont
Puerto Rico Tipoff moves to Orlando
Minnesota's Lynch has minor surgery
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
Live Odds
2015 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 3618
Chip Chirimbes + 2069
Joe Nelson + 1709
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Stephen Nover 58 %
John Fisher 57 %
Joe Nelson 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 1808
Antony Dinero + 1369
Jim Feist + 1323
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
James Manos + 1061
Stephen Nover + 565
Joe Williams + 560
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2572
Doc's Sports + 1365
Chip Chirimbes + 1114
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership