Big East Basketball Schools Should Secede

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Once upon a time, Jay Wright compared Big East basketball to SEC football. And it made perfect sense.

“In the Southeastern Conference, in the south part of our country, football is king. It’s part of the culture, so it’s always gonna be a force down there,” Wright, Villanova’s basketball coach, said at the Big East media day in 2010. “In the northeast part of the country, in areas where it’s cold in the winter, basketball is part of the culture.

“There’s no basketball season—it’s all year-round. When they stop playing basketball in high school, they’re in an AAU tournament the next day.”

The topic, and the comparison, came up then because, just as now, the Big East was trying to embrace football, and football just wasn’t ...

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