The (old) Big East may put the decision on a new conference name to a vote on various social media outlets, according to CBS Sports.
#BigEast considering opening up to social media for name suggestions to consider, according to league source.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) March 8, 2013
This, Gamedayr Nation, is what college sports are all about. After years of sitting back and watching our favorite conferences get sliced and diced by the fat cats in pursuit of ESPN’s advertising dollars and years of watching our favorite rivalries (Oklahoma-Nebraska, Georgetown-Syracuse, anyone?) get tossed into the wind, we the fans may finally have a say in the conference realignment saga.
The seven Catholic schools breaking away to form their own basketball league are taking the ‘Big East’ nickname right out the door with them. The schools — Georgetown, Marquette, DePaul, Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Providence — were supposed to have waited until 2014 to split with the remainder of the conference. However, the league as a whole has $110 million stashed away thanks to the savings from 16 teams’ worth of exit fees and the entrance fees of many of the replacement schools. The ‘Catholic 7′ took $10 million and said the football schools could keep the remaining $100 million as long as the C-7 could leave early and keep the name.
Catch all that? Good, but here’s really the point: Money talks.
And so do we.
Now, there are 10 schools preparing to play football against one another in 2013. Tulane and East Carolina will be replacing Louisville and Rutgers next year (keeping the league at 10 schools), followed by Navy and perhaps Tulsa in 2015.
With the understanding that the league could eventually swell to 12, the league’s lawyers have already purchased the rights to the domain name America12.org and all related titles, but that does not mean ‘America 12′ is the final name.
In fact, so undecided is commissioner Mike Aresco and his staff that the naming of the conference may just be put to a vote, most likely on Twitter.
Here’s our idea: Bring in the Sun Belt, form two, 10-team divisions, and call the league the Sun Beast.
You’re welcome America 12.