The Evolution of the Big East

GUHOYAS.COM
GUHOYAS.COM

GUHOYAS.COM

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

More Headlines
Top Videos
Schedules
DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE: Add to calendar
Friday, Aug 29
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Soccer at Indiana 8:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Women's Soccer N.C. State 3:00 PM Watch
Field Hockey at Appalachian State 3:00 PM
Women's Volleyball at American 7:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 30
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Football Wagner 12:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Women's Volleyball at George Mason 1:00 PM
Field Hockey at Davidson 2:00 PM
Women's Volleyball vs Howard 5:00 PM
Sunday, Aug 31
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Soccer vs Notre Dame 11:30 AM GameTracker
Women's Soccer at Towson 1:00 PM
Friday, Sept 5
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Soccer Harvard 4:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Women's Soccer at Virginia Tech 7:00 PM
Women's Volleyball vs Cleveland State 4:00 PM
Saturday, Sept 6
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Football at Dayton 1:00 PM Listen
Women's Volleyball vs Colgate 10:30 AM
Women's Volleyball at Penn 7:30 PM
Men's Golf at The U.S. Naval Academy Invite All Day
Sunday, Sept 7
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Soccer Wisconsin 1:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Women's Soccer vs Wake Forest 11:30 AM
Field Hockey Lock Haven 12:00 PM Watch
Men's Golf at The U.S. Naval Academy Invite All Day
Tuesday, Sept 9
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Volleyball Liberty 7:00 PM Watch
Thursday, Sept 11
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Soccer VCU 4:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Friday, Sept 12
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Soccer at West Virginia 7:00 PM
Women's Volleyball at Hampton University 6:00 PM
Saturday, Sept 13
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Football at Marist 6:00 PM Listen
Women's Volleyball vs Presbyterian 10:00 AM
Field Hockey at Holy Cross 12:00 PM
Men's Cross Country; Track & Field vs Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational All Day
Women's Cross Country; Track & Field at Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational All Day
Sunday, Sept 14
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Soccer UC Irvine 1:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Women's Soccer George Washington 4:00 PM Watch
Field Hockey at Brown 12:00 PM
Women's Golf at William and Mary Invitational All Day
Monday, Sept 15
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Golf at William and Mary Invitational All Day
Tuesday, Sept 16
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Volleyball at George Washington 7:00 PM
Women's Golf at William and Mary Invitational All Day
Wednesday, Sept 17
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Soccer at Princeton 7:00 PM ESPNU
Friday, Sept 19
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Volleyball vs UCLA 7:00 PM
Saturday, Sept 20
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Football Brown 12:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Women's Volleyball at Cal State Fullerton 3:30 PM
Field Hockey Longwood 6:00 PM Watch
Women's Volleyball vs Yale 7:00 PM
Sunday, Sept 21
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Soccer William & Mary 4:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Women's Soccer Duquesne 1:00 PM Watch
Field Hockey Lehigh 12:00 PM Watch
Tuesday, Sept 23
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Volleyball Creighton 7:00 PM Watch
Thursday, Sept 25
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Soccer at DePaul 3:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Friday, Sept 26
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Field Hockey at Siena 2:00 PM GameTracker
Women's Volleyball Xavier 7:00 PM Watch
Men's Cross Country; Track & Field at Boston University Invitational All Day
Women's Cross Country; Track & Field at Boston University Invitational All Day
Saturday, Sept 27
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Football at Colgate 1:00 PM Listen
Men's Soccer at Butler 5:30 PM
Women's Golf vs Golfweek Conference Challenge All Day
Sunday, Sept 28
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Soccer at Xavier 1:00 PM Watch
Field Hockey at Columbia 1:00 PM
Women's Volleyball Butler 2:00 PM Watch
Women's Golf vs Golfweek Conference Challenge All Day
Monday, Sept 29
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Golf at The Shoal Creek Invitational (UAB) All Day
Women's Golf vs Golfweek Conference Challenge All Day
Tuesday, Sept 30
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Soccer at Maryland 7:00 PM
Men's Golf at The Shoal Creek Invitational (UAB) All Day
Thursday, Oct 2
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Soccer Butler 3:00 PM Watch
Women's Golf at Nittany Lion Invitational All Day
Friday, Oct 3
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Volleyball at Marquette 8:00 PM
Women's Cross Country; Track & Field at Paul Short Invitational All Day
Men's Cross Country; Track & Field at Paul Short Invitational All Day
Women's Golf at Nittany Lion Invitational All Day
Saturday, Oct 4
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Football Harvard 12:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Men's Soccer Marquette 1:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Field Hockey at Connecticut 12:00 PM
Swimming & Diving at Delaware 1:00 PM
Women's Volleyball at Depaul 8:00 PM
Women's Golf at Nittany Lion Invitational All Day
Sunday, Oct 5
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Soccer Providence 1:00 PM Watch
Monday, Oct 6
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Golf at The Firestone Invitational (Akron) All Day
Tuesday, Oct 7
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Golf at The Firestone Invitational (Akron) All Day
Friday, Oct 10
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Volleyball at Villanova 7:00 PM
Women's Golf vs Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate All Day
Saturday, Oct 11
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Football at Lafayette 3:30 PM Listen
Men's Soccer at DePaul 1:00 PM Watch
Field Hockey Providence 12:00 PM Watch
Swimming & Diving at Towson (William & Mary) 1:00 PM
Women's Volleyball at Seton Hall 7:00 PM
Men's Golf at The Big Five Invitational (Temple) All Day
Women's Golf vs Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate All Day
Sunday, Oct 12
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Soccer Marquette 1:00 PM Watch
Field Hockey Saint Joseph's 12:00 PM Watch
Men's Golf at The Big Five Invitational (Temple) All Day
Women's Golf vs Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate All Day
Wednesday, Oct 15
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Soccer Providence 3:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Thursday, Oct 16
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Soccer at St. John's 7:00 PM
Friday, Oct 17
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Swimming & Diving at Princeton 3:30 PM
Field Hockey at Villanova 7:00 PM
Saturday, Oct 18
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Soccer at Seton Hall 1:00 PM Watch
Men's Cross Country; Track & Field vs Pre-NCAA Meet All Day
Women's Cross Country; Track & Field vs Pre-NCAA Meet All Day
Sunday, Oct 19
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Soccer at Creighton 2:00 PM
Field Hockey Colgate 1:00 PM Watch
Monday, Oct 20
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Swimming & Diving Gardner-Webb 3:30 PM
Men's Golf The Georgetown Intercollegiate All Day
Tuesday, Oct 21
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Men's Golf The Georgetown Intercollegiate All Day
Friday, Oct 24
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Field Hockey Temple 1:00 PM Watch
Saturday, Oct 25
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Football Bucknell 2:00 PM GameTracker Watch
Men's Soccer at Creighton 8:00 PM
Women's Golf at Lady Blue Hen Invitational All Day
Sunday, Oct 26
Sport Opponent Time Coverage
Women's Soccer Villanova 1:00 PM Watch
Women's Golf at Lady Blue Hen Invitational All Day
Online Stores & Tickets
HOYAS
Official Store
Vivid Seats
Gameday Live

Follow us! @GeorgetownHoyas