Big East Conference
The Big East Conference is a college sports conference in the United States which sponsors many sports, but does not play football. The league has its roots in the original Big East Conference, which was founded in 1979 as a basketball-focused league by a group of schools in the Eastern U.S. That league added football in 1991, leading to years of conflict between schools that played top-level football and those that did not. In July 2013, the original league split along football lines. The seven schools that did not play FBS (top-level) football—often called the "Catholic 7" because all are run by the Catholic Church—bought the "Big East" name and formed a new Big East. The FBS schools joined with several new members and stayed in the original Big East structure under the new name of American Athletic Conference (The American).
Although the current Big East was not founded until 2013, it claims the 1979 founding date of the original Big East. Both the current Big East and The American claim the pre-split history of the old Big East.
Members[change | change source]
All full members of the Big East are private schools. All are also Catholic except for Butler, which was started by Protestants but has never been run by any church.
Big East[a 1]
|Butler University||Indianapolis, Indiana||1855||Private (nonsectarian)||Bulldogs||2013|
|Creighton University||Omaha, Nebraska||1878||Private/Catholic
|DePaul University||Chicago, Illinois||1898||Private/Catholic
|Georgetown University||Washington, D.C.||1789||Private/Catholic
|Marquette University||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||1881||Private/Catholic
|Providence College||Providence, Rhode Island||1917||Private/Catholic
|St. John's University||New York City, New York||1870||Private/Catholic
|Seton Hall University||South Orange, New Jersey||1856||Private/Catholic
|Villanova University||Villanova, Pennsylvania||1842||Private/Catholic
|Xavier University||Cincinnati, Ohio||1831||Private/Catholic
- Dates are when the schools joined either version of the Big East.
Associate members[change | change source]
The Big East has seven "associate members" that play either one or two sports in the conference. Two more schools have been announced as future associates; they will join in 2016.
|Joined||Sport||Current main conference||Nickname|
|University of Cincinnati||Cincinnati, Ohio||1819||Public||2013||Women's lacrosse||American||Bearcats|
|University of Connecticut||Storrs, Connecticut||1881||Public||2013||Field hockey, women's lacrosse||American||Huskies|
|University of Denver||Denver, Colorado||1864||Private (nonsectarian)||2013||Men's lacrosse||The Summit||Pioneers|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, Florida||1853||Public||2014||Women's lacrosse||SEC||Gators|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia||1930||Public||2013||Field hockey||Conference USA||Monarchs|
|Temple University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1884||Public/private hybrid||2013||Field hockey, women's lacrosse||American||Owls|
|Vanderbilt University||Nashville, Tennessee||1873||Private (nonsectarian)||2014||Women's lacrosse||SEC||Commodores|
|Joining||Sport||Current main conference||Nickname|
|Liberty University||Lynchburg, Virginia||1971||Private (Baptist)||2016||Field hockey||Big South||Lady Flames|
|Quinnipiac University||Hamden, Connecticut||1929||Private (nonsectarian)||2016||Field hockey||MAAC||Bobcats|
Former members[change | change source]
No full member of the Big East has left for another conference.
However, two schools that were associate members in the 2013–14 school year have left. Both joined conferences that play the sports that they housed in the Big East.
|University of Louisville||Louisville, Kentucky||1798||Public||2013||2014||Field hockey, women's lacrosse||ACC||Cardinals|
|Rutgers University||New Brunswick, New Jersey||1766||Public||2013||2014||Field hockey, men's & women's lacrosse||Big Ten||Scarlet Knights|
References[change | change source]
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