Big East basketball breakup?
The basketball-centric schools in the Big East seem to have hit their breaking point. Several reports Thursday indicate the schools are considering breaking away from the league. The Catholic schools -- Georgetown, Villanova, St. Johns, Seton Hall, Marquette, DePaul and Providence -- have not liked the way realignment has cost the league schools such as Louisville, Syracuse and Pittsburgh and believe they might do better financially in a new league. Such a move could be devastating for USF. If the basketball-focused schools leave, it would further diminish the Big East's negotiating position for a new television contract. Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel has a good rundown of the ramifications.