The Big East conference is holding their annual offseason meetings in Ponte Vedra, FL this week. The meetings will be lead by Big East commissioner Val Ackerman and will include “planning sessions with the ten-member school’s athletic directors, senior woman administrators, and men’s and women’s basketball head coaches,” according to a release sent out by the league. The meetings began on Monday and the agenda items include:
- ICYMI – Big East Tournament Seed Watch Final Edition of 2017
- ICYMI – Game Notes & Preview: Providence (19-11, 9-8) at St. John’s (13-17, 7-10) 3/4/17
- ICYMI – Opening Line: Providence +1 at St. John’s 3/4/17
- ICYMI – Scout’s Updated Class of 2018 Top 100 Player Rankings Released
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – Providence Friars hope to dance out of the pack at St. John’s
- Friarbasketball.com – Craig Leighton – Ed Cooley Media Availability
- Friarbasketball.com – Craig Leighton – Catching Up With Rodney Bullock
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara & Bill Koch – Pick and Pop College Hoops Podcast: Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble
- WEEI.com – John Rooke – Thinking Out Loud: Providence basketball getting hot at right time
- WestwoodOneSports.com – John Rooke & Kevin McNamara – This Week in the Big East: Bill Raftery, Val Ackerman and Shamorie Ponds
- DailyPress.com – Kate Yanchulis – Bethel’s Dickens stands a head above the rest
- ICYMI – Television Listings for Providence vs (21) Rhode Island 12/3/2016
- ICYMI – Game Notes & Preview: Providence (5-2, 0-0) vs (21) Rhode Island (5-2, 0-0) 12/3/16
- ICYMI – Opening Line: Providence vs (21) Rhode Island Pick ‘Em 12/3/16
- ICYMI – Annual Zero Gravity Prep Classic Gets Underway at St. Andrew’s on Friday
- FanRagSports.com – Jon Rothstein – Rothstein Files: What do we know about UCLA?
- TheComeback.com – Michael Grant – The Big East Might Be The Best Conference In College Basketball
The Big East will hold their annual Media Day on Tuesday, October 11th at Madison Square Garden. All ten member schools send their head coach and usually a few players to NYC each year to hear Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman give her “State of the Big East” speech and meet with the media ahead of the upcoming season. Providence will have four players in attendance this year, the league announced today via the Big East Men’s Basketball Twitter account. Juniors Rodney Bullock and Kyron Cartwright will be joined by sophomores Ryan Fazekas and Isaiah Jackson as Providence’s player representatives.
The Big East has said they will release the full conference schedule on Tuesday, but the league announced a bit of a teaser on Monday afternoon. The league will hold their Big East marathon on Martin Luther King, Jr Day this season. The news was reported ahead of the announcement by Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal. The marathon will involve all 10 teams being in action with the first game tipping at 12pm EST and the final matchup getting started at 9pm. The Big East has had some memorable MLK Day matchups, especially in 2011 when a doubleheader featured games between top 10 teams with #5 Pittsburgh beating #3 Syracuse and #8 UConn taking down #7 Villanova. All five games on January 16th will be televised on FS1.
Win or lose, Villanova has already added over $8.5 million to the Big East’s coffers by making it to the title game of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Butler, Providence and Xavier have each brought more than $3.4 million back to the league by making it the Round of 32 and Seton Hall earned over $1.7 million just by being in the party for a day. This is the other side of winning in March that is so critical for the Big East. The 10 member schools that make up this configuration of the Big East conference have a lot in common as institutions, which is partly why they believe their marriage is made in heaven. Besides their love for basketball, the Big East member institutions don’t have the financial backing of their home state to help drive their athletic programs to championship heights.
- The 2016 College Basketball Free Agents page continues to be updated as more immediately eligible transfers announce their intentions to move to a new school. The list has grown to over 25 players and some size was added yesterday.
- ICYMI – Report: Providence, Cooley Working on Extension
- ICYMI – Report: Sacred Heart Transfer Cane Broome Visiting Providence
- ICYMI – Kris Dunn Named NABC Second Team All-American
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – Providence College and coach Ed Cooley working on contract extension
- Friarbasketball.com – Kevin Farrahar – Recruiting Update: Cane Broome, Akil Douglas
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – Villanova’s NCAA tournament success a huge win for the Big East
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara & Bill Koch – Pick and Pop College Hoops Podcast: Eye on the Final Four
- Fire & Ice – Tom Gulitti – Albany Devils sign Providence College forward Trevor Mingoia to amateur tryout