SNYDER: Big East pays price for abandoning its values

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The lure of millions in revenue from TV and bowl games was impossible to resist, and it’s hard to blame the Big East for chasing the money. The league thought it could have the best of both worlds, master the hardwood and the gridiron like the Big Ten, SEC and ACC. But those conferences had headstarts of 83, 47 and 26 years, respectively. That was too much to overcome by cobbling together basketball-centric and major football schools.

“The institutions that have been committed to men’s basketball have made a decision that they are going to continue to stay committed to men’s basketball,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams told reporters Saturday after the Warriors beat Savannah State.

Left behind is a mess that no longer concerns the hoops schools. They might not succeed in retaining the conference name, but their outfit will be much tidier than the coast-to-coast monstrosity that awaited them.

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