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NEW YORK — The two conferences growing out of the old Big East are moving forward.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement will not take place until Wednesday, when it will be made in conjunction with a news conference on the league’s broadcast deal with Fox.
Georgetown, St. John’s, Villanova, Seton Hall, Providence, Marquette and DePaul left to form a new league for next season.
Meanwhile, their old colleagues announced a broadcasting deal with ESPN on Tuesday. The unnamed conference’s contract for football, basketball and other sports runs through the 2019-20 season and pays about $20 million a year.
Along with a new name, that league still needs a conference basketball tournament site, a revenue-sharing system and a 12th football member.
Butler spent just one season in the A-10, rising rapidly in the college basketball world after making the national championship game in 2010 and ‘11 out of the Horizon League. The Bulldogs are a No. 6 seed in this year’s NCAA tournament.
Xavier has long been one of the top basketball programs outside of what were the power six conferences. Before missing the NCAA tournament this season, it was one of only eight schools in the country to make at least seven straight NCAA appearances.
Creighton is a No. 7 seed in this year’s tourney after winning its second straight MVC tournament title. The Bluejays are making their seventh NCAA appearance in 13 years.
All three are private colleges with fewer than 8,000 students, making them natural fits with the Catholic 7. Butler would be the only non-Catholic school in the new Big East.
For those trying to keep score at home, the currently unnamed league will include South Florida, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Temple, Memphis, Central Florida, SMU and Houston in 2013. East Carolina and Tulane are to join in 2014, and Navy is scheduled for football in 2015.
The conference is seeking a 12th football school so it can play a title game in ‘15.
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