Tampa out of running for American hoops tournaments
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Tampa has pulled out of consideration for the 2014 American Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament due to a scheduling conflict with hockey at Tampa Bay Times Forum, USF President Judy Genshaft said Tuesday.
it's also believed that the new conference's women's basketball tournament will stay in Connecticut, perhaps moving from Hartford to the Mohegan Sun casino. Memphis has emerged as a front-runner for the men's event, with the university's incoming interim president telling the Commercial Appeal he is "very, very optimistic" about the event going to FedEx Forum, home of the NBA's Grizzlies.
Tampa had been under consideration for both events, and the field of options was narrowed by league officials, with an announcement expected in coming weeks. The NHL requires its teams to reserve dates as being off limits in November of the previous season, so USF's move to the American came months after the window in which dates could be blocked off for hosting such an event.
Genshaft finishes her two-year term as chair of the Big East executive committee next month, and she said that SMU President Gerald Turner will take over as chair, with UConn President Susan Herbst stepping in as vice-chair.
Genshaft also said she was pleased with the compromise reached on a distribution plan for the Big East's pot of exit fees and entrance fees, reported to be as much as $110 million. She said that USF athletic director Doug Woolard chaired a group of conference ADs that created the distribution plan, which is likely to give significantly larger shares to the existing Big East schools (USF, Cincinnati, UConn) compared to new arrivals from Conference USA.
"It was officially ratified. It was a great process ... it was very fair," she said. "It was fair, and fair is not always equal."