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“I can say the Big East took a hit,” San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk said during a weekly press conference streamed on the Internet. “It may take some others, but I can tell you the league will continue to be strong. … I’m excited about the future and wanted to make sure that was clear and on the direction San Diego State University was taking.”

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