2:35 PM CST, December 15, 2012
The seven non-football members of the Big East Conference made it official Saturday. They are leaving to form their own league.
Georgetown, St. John's, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova, Marquette and DePaul voted unanimously to leave the conference after a conference call on Saturday. The presidents scheduled a news conference for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. UConn was expected to issue an official reaction as well.
"The basketball institutions have notified us that they plan to withdraw from the Big East Conference," commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement released by the league. The membership recognizes their contributions over the long distinguished history of the Big East. The 13 members of the Conference are confident and united regarding our collective future. We have a strong Conference with respected national universities, and are working together to forge the future. We have a variety of options, and are looking forward with great partnership, collegiality and optimism."