The Evolution of the Big East

Feb. 4, 2012

The Evolution of the Big East

Coach JT III has often said that the Big East consists of unlike institutions.  No two schools exemplify this more than Georgetown and USF.  Having already travelled to Tampa, Florida to see the Hoyas play the USF Bulls has made this very obvious to me.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing but respect for the University of South Florida.  In fact I am worried more about their ascension in the college basketball world than any other program,  I remember staying at the Embassy Suites just a few blocks from their basketball arena.  It was the 20005-6 season when we had defeated #1 ranked Duke.  USF would pull off the upset that afternoon much to my dismay.  A few years ago Bulls pulled off an upset in the Verizon Center.  I have met their associate athletic director at the Big East tournament and greatly admire the school’s optimism.  They are one of the largest universities in the United States based on the size of their undergraduate student body.  They are an up and coming university with many great academic programs, and an already successful DI football program.  If you walk their sprawling Florida campus you will be impressed.  However, my impression was there was no sense of history, and legacy that I could see on campus?  Do not get me wrong, their students had a great sense of pride for the school and their basketball team.  However, it was very different from the Georgetown campus. 

As the evolution and rumors about the future of the Big East continue, I no longer lose any sleep.  Do not get me wrong, I still am not thrilled to lose two of our rivals: Syracuse, and Pittsburgh.  When I visited the Steel City last year I could not help but be saddened by their eventual move to the ACC.  However, the new schools like the University of Central Florida and their passion for joining the Big East gives me great hope for tomorrow when I think about the future of the Big East basketball conference.  After all, it was not long ago when Georgetown played in the ECAC and was not part of a true conference.  As I prepare to head to Verizon Center now for the USF game and await next weekend’s Georgetown Hall of Fame ceremony I am excited about a new future for the Big East Conference.  Hopefully it will be a “Blue & Gray” future when the HoyaNation enters the Verizon Center, Madison Square Garden, and other arenas around the country for the NCAA tournament with hope for tomorrow.  Please arrive early at the Verizon Center.  Bleed Blue & Wear Gray.  Let’s make some noise for the new players who will wear the Blue and Gray in the tradition of Ewing, Mourning, and Mutombo.  They will carry on the tradition of Georgetown and need our support!  The Syracuse Orange, Pitt Panthers and others will move on, but so will the Big East and Georgetown!  When you see our players take the court, and feel the Spirit of Georgetown that fills the arena there will be no more worries, and one thing will be apparent:  We are Georgetown!

Hoya Saxa!

Dr. Thomas A. Wong

Hoya Hoop Club Vice President--Communications

Proud Member of Generation Ewing

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4:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Shaw Field
August 11
7:00 PM
Maryland
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August 12
7:00 PM
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
August 15
7:00 PM
VCU
Richmond, Va.
August 18
4:00 PM
West Virginia
Shaw Field
August 18
5:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
August 19
1:00 PM
Virginia
Shaw Field
August 20
1:00 PM
George Washington
Shaw Field
August 24
7:00 PM
Delaware
Newark, Del.
August 25
5:00 PM
American
Washington, D.C.
August 25
2:00 PM
Davidson
Cooper Field
August 27
1:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Shaw Field
August 27
1:00 PM
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Cooper Field
August 28
1:00 PM
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Shaw Field
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4:00 PM
Cal Poly
Shaw Field
September 1
8:00 PM
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Palo Alto, Calif.
September 1
2:00 PM
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Cooper Field
September 3
4:00 PM
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San Jose, Calif.
September 3
1:00 PM
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Cooper Field
September 4
12:00 PM
UCLA
Shaw Field
September 8
4:00 PM
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Shaw Field
September 8
7:00 PM
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Lowell, Mass.
September 9
6:00 PM
Campbell
Buies Creek, N.C.
September 9
7:00 PM
UConn
Storrs, Conn.
September 10
1:00 PM
Rutgers
Shaw Field
September 10
12:00 PM
Holy Cross
Worcester, Mass.
September 12
2:00 PM
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.
September 15
2:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Cooper Field
September 15
TBA
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Philadelphia, Pa.
September 15
TBA
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College Park, Md.
September 16
1:00 PM
Marist
Cooper Field
September 16
7:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
September 16
TBA
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Philadelphia, Pa.
September 16
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 17
1:00 PM
Towson
Baltimore, Md.
September 17
12:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
September 17
TBA
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Philadelphia, Pa.
September 17
TBA
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College Park, Md.
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4:00 PM
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September 20
2:00 PM
District of Columbia
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September 22
6:00 PM
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Norfolk, Va.
September 22
TBA
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Annapolis, Md.
September 23
1:00 PM
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New York, N.Y.
September 23
4:00 PM
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Chicago, Ill.
September 23
TBA
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Annapolis, Md.
September 24
1:00 PM
St. Johns
Shaw Field
September 24
1:00 PM
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Farmville, Va.
September 24
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.
September 25
All Day
The Patriot Invitational George Mason
The Chantilly National Golf Club - Chantilly, Va.
September 26
All Day
The Patriot Invitational George Mason
The Chantilly National Golf Club - Chantilly, Va.
September 28
4:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.
September 29
2:00 PM
Temple
Cooper Field
September 30
2:00 PM
Harvard
Cooper Field
September 30
1:00 PM
Marquette
Shaw Field
October 1
1:00 PM
Seton Hall
Shaw Field
October 1
1:00 PM
LIU Brooklyn
Cooper Field
October 5
3:00 PM
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Shaw Field
October 6
3:00 PM
Butler
Shaw Field
October 6
2:00 PM
Liberty
Cooper Field
October 7
1:00 PM
Princeton
Princeton, N.J.
October 8
1:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
October 8
All Day
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The Warren Golf Course - South Bend, Ind.
October 9
1:00 PM
Duke
Shaw Field
October 9
All Day
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The Warren Golf Course - South Bend, Ind.
October 12
TBA
ITA Regionals
Blacksburg, Va.
October 13
7:30 PM
Villanova
Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)
October 13
6:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.
October 13
TBA
ITA Regionals
Blacksburg, Va.
October 14
12:30 PM
Lehigh
Bethlehem, Pa.
October 14
TBA
ITA Regionals
Blacksburg, Va.
October 15
1:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.
October 15
1:00 PM
Lehigh
Bethlehem, Pa.
October 15
TBA
ITA Regionals
Blacksburg, Va.
October 16
All Day
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Four Streams, Beallsville, Md.
October 17
7:00 PM
Maryland
College Park, Md.
October 17
All Day
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Four Streams, Beallsville, Md.
October 19
3:00 PM
Marquette
Shaw Field
October 19
TBA
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Lynchburg, Va.