Saturday, December 15, 2012

Villanova Officially Says Goodbye to the Big East

It's been real, Madison Square Garden
We knew that this was happening soon, but it's officially official right now, Villanova will cease to be a member of the conference that  they joined in 1981. As for the news? It's not the outcome that I would have originally desired, but the realities that have presented themselves in recent months could have done irreparable harm to the Villanova basketball brand. Hopefully the school continues to invest in their athletics program to make them attractive to other conferences once all of this football madness ends.

The statement is as follows:
"Earlier today we voted unanimously to pursue an orderly evolution to a foundation of basketball schools that honors the history and tradition on which the Big East was established. Under the current context of conference realignment, we believe pursuing a new basketball framework that builds on this tradition of excellence and competition is the best way forward.
We are grateful to our Commissioner, Michael Aresco, for his exceptional leadership of the Big East Conference. We have been honored to be associated with the outstanding group of institutions that have made up the Big East. While we pursue this opportunity for our institutions, we believe the efforts of the past two years have established the foundation for an enduring national football conference.
We look forward to building this new foundation with an emphasis on elite competition and a commitment to the development of our students engaged in intercollegiate athletics. That is where we will now spend our energy as we move forward."
I love college football, but it's doing a pretty good job of killing my childhood.

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