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“We truly applaud these universities for taking control of their destiny,” Fox Sports co-President Randy Freer said.

The Atlantic 10 and Missouri Valley Conference released statements thanking the departing schools for their contributions; both said they would be “proactive” in moving forward.

The A-10 is also losing Temple, which is joining the old Big East’s football members, and Charlotte, which is heading to Conference USA, because of football as well.

The new Big East schools hope that they’ve escaped the vagaries of unexpected realignment for many years to come _ though nothing is ever certain these days in college sports.

“We could not have wished for a better start,” DeGioia said.