March 30, 1998 |
On Saturday, Pete Gillen left Providence to become the head coach at Virginia. It would be an upset if Drexel's Bill Herrion didn't emerge as a candidate at Providence. Three years ago, his name was linked with the vacancy at Duquesne. Last year, it was Rutgers. Both times, Herrion elected to remain in West Philadelphia. Yesterday's Providence News Journal listed Boston University's Dennis Wolff and Iona's Tim Welsh as potential successors. Sources within the Big East said Providence athletic director John Marinatto likely will talk with former Friars coaches Rick Pitino and Dave Gavitt, as well as Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, about the position and the future of the program.
March 9, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Big East Conference commissioner John Marinatto said the conference's 2012 football schedules would be finalized and released in a couple of weeks. Temple is finding a nonconference opponent to fill out its 12-game schedule. The Owls will join the conference for football this fall and for all sports in 2013. In July, the school will officially leave the Mid-American Conference. It had been a football-only member of the MAC since 2007. Temple will remain in the Atlantic Ten Conference for all other sports for one more year.
August 15, 2012 |
NEW YORK - As the Big East prepares to negotiate a television contract that could make or break the conference, it has chosen a man who has been part of some of the biggest media rights deals in college sports to be its new commissioner. The Big East on Tuesday hired CBS executive vice president Mike Aresco as it continues to rebuild from a tumultuous year of defections. "I'm not daunted by it all. I embrace the challenge," Aresco told the Associated Press in a telephone interview.
April 23, 1988 |
George Mason coach Rick Barnes was named yesterday to succeed Gordie Chiesa as basketball coach at Providence. Barnes, 33, won 20 games in his only season at George Mason. Providence school officials did not release any contract details, but athletic director John Marinatto told the Richmond News-Leader that it was for four years. "I can't say how many games we'll win or lose, but we'll work as hard as possible to create a love affair with the community," Barnes said. He made his first visit to Providence two weeks ago, then returned for another visit last week.
September 29, 2011 |
HARTFORD, Conn. - The presidents of the Big East member schools will discuss the future of the conference at a meeting this weekend, University of Connecticut president Susan Herbst said Wednesday. Herbst, in an e-mail 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.
November 1, 2011 |
MAYOR NUTTER has joined the fray on the side of his hometown team in the Big East realignment mess. Nutter issued a statement regarding a letter he sent to Big East commissioner John Marinatto, supporting Temple's inclusion in the conference. "Philadelphia is an enthusiastic sports town at all levels and the city's college sports rivalries are legendary," Nutter said in a statement. "I would like to encourage the Big East Conference to consider Temple University as a potential future member of the conference.
September 21, 2011 |
BIG EAST football school officials met last night in New York City to discuss the league's future. Three people with knowledge of the Big East meeting told the Associated Press that presidents and athletic directors from the conference's six remaining football members, along with officials from TCU, which is slated to join the league in 2012, met with commissioner John Marinatto. The remaining Big East football schools are West Virginia, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Rutgers, Louisville and South Florida.
August 17, 2011 |
BIG EAST commissioner John Marinatto said yesterday he has been in constant contact with Dan Beebe of the Big 12 and John Swofford of the Atlantic Coast Conference in recent days and has suggested the three meet to discuss conference realignment. Marinatto didn't reveal details about his conversations with his fellow commissioners. Beebe's conference, which nearly was wiped out last year when the Pac-10 expanded, is in danger of losing Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference.
October 21, 2011 |
BIG EAST commissioner John Marinatto has read the stories. And he's aware of the tense feelings they have caused in Philadelphia. Yesterday he took the time to defend the way Villanova has handled itself through this whole confounding expansion process. "Supposedly we have conference calls and meetings, and you begin with the premise that you hope everything that's said is confidential," he said. "Then you're seeing all these reports that something happened, and sometimes it's just made up. "In light of that, we just wanted to go on record as saying that at no time during any of this did anyone representing Villanova disparage Temple in any way. They've been very supportive in our expansion effort, and have handled themselves to the highest degree of professionalism you could imagine.
October 5, 2011 |
TEMPLE, AS presumed, has notified the Big East that it wants to become a member for all sports, sources close to the situation have confirmed. But those people said the university also told the conference it would accept a football-only invitation, if that's what was offered. On Sunday, the Big East presidents authorized commissioner John Marinatto to "aggressively pursue discussions with a select number of institutions that have indicated a strong interest in joining. " Villanova's football program is thought to be part of that group, too. Last April, it was prepared to vote yes to move up a level from FCS, a process that comes with at least a 2-year transitionary period.