Goodbye, Big East. Hello, America 12?
That is the early favorite to become the new name of the current Big East Conference's football schools, ESPN reported Thursday. The name America 12 has not officially been approved by the league's presidents.
But ESPN reported that Covington & Burling, the current Big East Conference's law firm, has purchased and registered the domain name america12.org, according to WhoIs domain-registration data. The firm also registered other variations, including america12conference.com, america12sports.com, american12.org, american12conference.com, americatwelve.com and theamerica12conference.com.
The seven Catholic basketball schools are leaving the current Big East, reportedly on June 30, to start a new conference, and they are keeping the Big East name. That means the football schools, which include USF, must have a new conference name by July 1.
The Big East football schools are not expected to add a 12th school until 2015, when Navy is scheduled to join. The league is scheduled to have 10 members, including UCF, in 2013, and East Carolina and Tulane will replace the departing Louisville and Rutgers the following year.