Big East Presidents To Discuss Future

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The presidents of the Big East member schools will discuss the future of the conference at a meeting this weekend, UConn President Susan Herbst said Wednesday.

Herbst, in an email to The Associated Press, said the meeting in Washington on Sunday is a confidential gathering for conference presidents only and will not involve other university officials.

"We have to talk about the future and how to go forward as a strong Big East," she wrote.

Last week, the Big East presidents and athletic directors met at a hastily called meeting in New York City strategies for restocking the league after Syracuse and Pittsburgh had they are leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

After that meeting, Commissioner John Marinatto said the schools had committed to going forward as a group and recruiting new members. Navy and Air Force are the Big East's top targets for expansion.

East Carolina announced the school had applied for admission to the Big East and has invited Big East officials to attend this Saturday's game in Greenville between ECU and North Carolina. No Big East officials have confirmed they will indeed make a visit to the school.

But multiple officials at Connecticut said the school did not agree to stay in the Big East Conference, and earlier this week Gov. Dannel P. Malloy confirmed that UConn has expressed interest in joining the ACC if it expands further from 14 to 16 teams.

Herbst on Wednesday assured members of the school's board of trustees that UConn is still working with the Big East, and urged them to "ignore the gossip on the national scene."

"Big East presidents have been engaged in frequent communication by phone or in person," she said. "We're committed together to make the Big East work, to make it stronger in spite of the announcement that Syracuse and Pittsburgh will leave to go to the ACC."

Malloy said this week that he did not expect the issue of conference realignment to be resolved quickly, and said he suspected further expansion of the ACC might hinge on whether Notre Dame was interested in joining that conference.

Herbst reiterated to the board of trustees that she will do what is in the best interests of the school, and its student athletes and "to ensure the successful long term future of the athletic program and to pursue the wishes of this board and our community."

"We'll play somewhere, and we'll be very open and transparent about our needs and our priorities as this moves forward," she said.

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  • by EC East Pirate Location: Eastern NC on Oct 3, 2011 at 04:48 AM
    I have been a Pirate fan since the 50's. Kin, attended. ECU is stuck in a no win situation. The ACC doesn't want them. Frankly, they can't compete consistantly, and Greenville, is not large enough to get them in for basketball. Conference USA is where they should be, but it is too expensive to stay in, expenses and distant. Probably would be for them to go back independent. Attendance is good for the most part, but they won't get them in the ACC or Big East. I think when Skip Holtz left their when our chances of the Big East. Certainly his name (Holtz) did carry some weight. I guess the powers that be will have to decide what is best for the atheletic program. Go pirates, still a fan.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    Doubtful from Kinston you have a lot to talk about since you are from a town where no one wants to live. the state of north carolina needs to just drop a atomic bomb on kinston.
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      by AND!!! on Sep 28, 2011 at 09:44 PM in reply to Anonymous
      Drop one on EZU as Well. Very Classy School you have there. Thug University of the EAST!! The NCAA checks in to most Schools but, The Greenville PD has most of your players Records. Good Luck!!!
  • by John on Sep 28, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    what is the deal with all these idiot pack and tarheel fans that post here and belittle ecu? Get a life.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 at 07:15 PM in reply to John
      Jealousy.. ECU is the number 1 football school in NC and they can't stand the fact that we have come so far in such a short time, despite their efforts to thwart our progress. ECU is going places fast and its growth will only continue.
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        by HAHA!!! on Sep 28, 2011 at 09:40 PM in reply to
        This is Funny, I don't care who you are. You do know they were talking about EZU right? Come so FAR, HAHA!!! Did you see your thugs in half shirts this weekend, Classy, NOT!!!
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        by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2011 at 04:27 AM in reply to
        what a crock, enjoy your fantasy
  • by Hopeful Location: Greenville on Sep 28, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    ECU is now a tier 1 academic university and clearly has a stronger academic program than WVU Code of Conduct? Ever since Ruffin McNeill came to the school he has kept his players in check and disciplined accordingly. How about UConn Basketball? They really seem to follow that...
  • by Doubtful Location: Kinston on Sep 28, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    ECU should read the academic records of Big East schools, and the Code of Conduct of Big East Athletes. Doubt they could live up to either one.
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      by Kyle on Sep 28, 2011 at 07:14 PM in reply to Doubtful
      Wow someone in Kinston is talking trash about ECU? Thats really smart. Do you have a clue what ECU does for eastern North Carolina? Kinston is in bad shape as it is just think of there were no ECU in the east how bad it would be.
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        by Haha on Sep 28, 2011 at 09:34 PM in reply to Kyle
        EZU good for the East? For what BEER Sales? What a Joke of a School, and did you see your Players wearing Half shirts last weekend. My wifes said how in the World are they allowed to dress like that and of course I said Honey it's EZU what do you expect.
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          by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2011 at 06:02 AM in reply to Haha
          Joke of a school? it's better to be thought of as a fool rather then open your mouth and remove all doubt
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          by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2011 at 06:34 AM in reply to Haha
          Tell your large un-attractive wife to get of the couch and quit watching tv all day, you have no clue about football, half shirts have been worn by football players for decades
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          by LOL! on Sep 29, 2011 at 06:56 AM in reply to Haha
          Haha: Your use of random, haphazard capitalizations either speaks to poor education or a learning disorder. Perhaps it is reflective of both.
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          by Sam on Sep 30, 2011 at 07:34 AM in reply to Haha
          This just proves your ignorance since all you know and care about is your government check you get.
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        by Point Proven on Sep 28, 2011 at 11:39 PM in reply to Kyle
        Currently, more people living in North Carolina today, were born OUTSIDE the state than in the state. Just because Doubtful is living in Kinston doesn't mean that he received his education there. Please, re-read your own posting. Grammar is the hallmark of an educated individual. Hopefully that isn't reflective of most ECU students.
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          by Sam on Sep 30, 2011 at 07:35 AM in reply to Point Proven
          Trust me. It's not that way.
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          by Kyle on Sep 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM in reply to Point Proven
          The only thing I said was how someone in Kinston shouldn't be talking bad about ECU no matter what school they went to or root for.

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