Staring this week, The Court Reports section would like to introduce a new feature, discussing a different type of court…basketball!
Money ruins everything. Well, Big East basketball, at least.
If you grew up loving basketball in the Northeast in the past 30 years, you inevitably dreamt of playing in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. No one will ever know how many shots in backyards, playgrounds and YMCA’s were taken as the shooter imagined leading his team on a miracle run through college basketball’s best conference tournament in the mecca of basketball.
Saturday night saw the last game of the Big East as we know it. Next year conference mainstays Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Notre Dame will leave for the Atlantic Coast Conference, leaving the Big East’s future in doubt. The conference’s seven remaining Catholic schools (Georgetown, DePaul, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Villanova) will form a conference that may keep the “Big East” moniker and may also include some combination of Butler, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Creighton, Louisville, South Florida, Xavier, and UConn.
Regardless, an era of excellent college basketball is over, sacrificed at the altar of mediocre college football and the almighty dollar.