Marinatto says Big East 'quietly' on offensive
It may seem as if the Big East is left to wait at the Big Ten's mercy when it comes to potential conference re-alignment, but commissioner John Marinatto said Monday that his league is exploring its own options for adding schools, albeit much more under the radar than the Big Ten.
"We've been working quietly, trying not put things in the public arena, the public forum, for a variety of reasons," Marinatto said. "It leads to unnecessary speculation. You want to do things intelligently, and the more you can keep things confidential, ultimately the better off you are. When things get out there, it creates dynamics sometimes that you have to respond to and focus attention on."
The unsolicited "perhaps you should look at this school" offerings have already come in, he said.
"I get those on a regular basis," Marinatto said.
As far false reports of offers being issued by the Big Ten -- even accepted, by some reports -- Marinatto said it got to the point where he had to check his cellphone during an afternoon Mass after its vibrations continued throughout the services.
"My cellphone's vibrating, vibrating, vibrating, so I finally pull out my cellphone during Mass," he said. "I see all these messages (about an) accelerated timeline. ... I think 'Oh, my God, what's going on,' flipping through them. I got nailed by Father."
Marinatto said he has a good relationship with his Big Ten counterpart, Jim Delany, who has assured him he will let him know personally if any action is being made with a Big East school. The day after his Mass interruption, the two spoke at the BCS meetings in Arizona.
"He said 'John, there's no truth to it. You know I would have called you,'" he said.