Big East moves forward

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The BIG EAST Conference continued ongoing discussions about its future membership at a meeting in Newark, N.J. The participants included a sub-committee group of representative leaders appointed for the specific purpose of recommending a course of action.

"We had a very productive meeting today about the future of the BIG EAST Conference," said Commissioner Michael Tranghese.

"Our current members have been extremely supportive over the past several months and have recommitted themselves to each other. We will now focus our collective energies on reconfiguring a league which continues to maintain the national academic and athletic presence that the BIG EAST has long represented."

"Our primary objective is to develop a model that keeps everyone together, provides stability and best serves the diverse interests of our various constituencies. We will specifically focus our sights on retaining our status among the top six football and basketball conferences and maintaining our automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series."

Future meetings are scheduled and it is anticipated that the process will conclude by December 1.

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