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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April 23
L, 10-5
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.
RECAP

BEDN
Livestats
April 23
L, 5-3
DePaul
Guy Mason Field
RECAP
April 23
L, 8-1
Depaul
Guy Mason Field
April 23
L, 5-2
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
RECAP
April 23
L, 4-3
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
RECAP
April 23
All Day
MAISA Womens Championship
Annapolis, Md.
April 23
1st of 6
Big East Conference Championship
Callawassie, Sc.
RECAP
April 23
All Day
Arrigan Memorial Regatta
Washington, D.C.
April 23
All Day
Admirals Cup
Kings Point, N.Y.
April 25
7:00 PM
UMBC
Shirley Povich Field
April 26
4:00 PM
George Mason
Fairfax, Va.
April 27
All Day
First Round
Cayce, S.C.
April 27
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 27
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 27
TBA
First Round
Cayce, S.C.
April 28
3:00 PM
Villanova
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
April 28
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 28
All Day
Quarterfinals
Cayce, S.C.
April 28
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 28
TBA
Quarterfinals
Cayce, S.C.
April 29
2:00 PM
Villanova
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
April 29
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
April 29
2:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
April 29
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Cooper Field
April 29
1:00 PM
Florida
Gainesville, Fla.
April 29
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 29
TBA
Semifinals
Cayce, S.C.
April 29
All Day
Semifinals
Cayce, S.C.
April 29
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 29
All Day
America Trophy
Ithaca, N.Y.
April 30
1:00 PM
Villanova
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
April 30
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
April 30
All Day
America Trophy
Ithaca, N.Y.
April 30
All Day
Eastern Sprints
Worcester, Mass.
April 30
All Day
The BIG EAST Championship
Callawassie Island - Charleston, S.C.
April 30
All Day
Class of 2006 Cup vs. North Carolina
Washington, D.C.
April 30
TBA
Championship
Cayce, S.C.
April 30
All Day
Championship
Cayce, S.C.
May 1
All Day
The BIG EAST Championship
Callawassie Island - Charleston, S.C.
May 2
7:00 PM
George Washington
Shirley Povich Field
May 2
All Day
The BIG EAST Championship
Callawassie Island - Charleston, S.C.
May 4
TBA
Semifinals
Providence, R.I.

CBSSN
May 4
TBA
Semifinals
Villanova, Pa.
May 5
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Shirley Povich Field
May 5
All Day
Payton Jordan Invitatinoal
Palo Alto, Calif.
May 5
All Day
Kehoe Twilight Meet
College Park, Md.
May 5
All Day
Payton Jordan Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif.
May 5
All Day
Kehoe Twilight Meet
College Park, Md.
May 6
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Shirley Povich Field
May 6
2:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
May 6
4:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
May 6
4:30 PM
Championship
Providence, R.I.

FS2
May 6
TBA
Championship
Villanova, Pa.
May 7
1:00 PM
St. Johns
Shirley Povich Field
May 7
12:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
May 8
All Day
Ncaa Regional Championship
Nm./Nc./Tx./Oh.
May 9
All Day
Ncaa Regional Championship
Nm./Nc./Tx./Oh.
May 10
5:00 PM
Maryland Eastern Shore 7 innings
Shirley Povich Field
May 10
7:30 PM
Maryland Eastern Shore
Shirley Povich Field
May 10
All Day
Ncaa Regional Championship
Nm./Nc./Tx./Oh.
May 12
7:00 PM
Butler
Shirley Povich Field
May 12
All Day
BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Villanova, Pa.
May 12
All Day
BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Villanova, Pa.
May 12
All Day
Patriot League Championships
Camden, N.J.
May 13
7:00 PM
Butler
Shirley Povich Field
May 13
All Day
BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Villanova, Pa.
May 13
All Day
BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Villanova, Pa.
May 14
1:00 PM
Butler
Shirley Povich Field
May 14
All Day
Eastern Sprints
Worcester, Mass.

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6:00 PM
UMBC
Baltimore, Md.
May 18
3:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
May 19
3:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
May 19
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 20
12:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
May 20
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 21
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 22
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 23
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 23
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 24
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 24
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 25
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 26
TBA
TBD
Omaha, Neb.
May 26
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 27
TBA
TBD
Omaha, Neb.
May 27
All Day
NCAA Championships
Princeton, N.J.
May 27
All Day
ICSA Team Race National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 28
TBA
TBD
Omaha, Neb.
May 28
All Day
NCAA Championships
Princeton, N.J.
May 28
All Day
ICSA Team Race National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 29
TBA
TBD
Omaha, Neb.
May 29
All Day
NCAA Championships
Princeton, N.J.
May 29
All Day
ICSA Team Race National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 30
All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 31
All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
June 1
All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
June 2
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.

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All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
June 3
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.
June 3
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.

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June 4
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.
June 4
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.

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June 5
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.