Big East commissioner steps down

By Brian Murphy

Big East commissioner John Marinatto, who oversaw the addition of Boise State as a football-only member, resigned Monday morning.

Marinatto had a tumultuous tenure as the Big East boss. Long-time members Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia announced that they are leaving the league. To replace them, Mariantto and the conference reached across the country, tapping Boise State and San Diego State as football-only members and adding Central Florida, Houston, SMU, Memphis and Temple as all-sport members. Navy's football program is slated to join in 2015.

CBS first reported that Marinatto was being forced out as commissioner.

"After a great deal of thought and prayer, I have decided to step down as Commissioner of the Big East Conference and formally advised our Board of Directors," Marinatto said in a statement released by the league. "I have been associated with this league for my entire adult life and have had the tremendous honor of serving as its Commissioner since 2009. Our recent expansion efforts have stabilized the Conference for the long term, and we are likewise well positioned for our very important upcoming television negotiations. As a result, I felt this was the right time to step aside and to let someone else lead us through the next chapter of our evolution. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish and would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank both our membership and my staff for their unwavering encouragement, support and loyalty — especially during this past year. I am extremely confident about the future of this league that I love very much."

Said South Florida President Judy Genshaft: “I know I speak for the entire Conference when I express my sincere gratitude to John for his leadership and dedicated years of service. John helped build the Big East into what it is today, and played a critical role in our successful expansion efforts, and for all of that we thank him.”

Joseph A. Bailey III has been named interim commissioner. Bailey has been the CEO of the Miami Dolphins, the COO of the World League/NFL and Vice President of Administration with the Dallas Cowboys.

“Joe is a proven leader who will do a terrific job guiding the conference through this time of transition,” Genshaft said. “His experience as a manager and his knowledge of the sports industry make Joe uniquely qualified to serve as interim Commissioner. He will move the Conference forward with a steady-hand as we explore new opportunities.”

The Big East has retained The Boston Consulting Group to assist in the transition. Cincinnati President Gregory Williams will chair the search for a new conference boss.

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Marinatto was forced out

following a Sunday meeting of Big East basketball teams who were pi**ed and wanted a bigger say over expansion according to ESPN's Andrea Adelson. You can bet Georgetown was in the mix on this deal. Louisville AD was a close friend of Marinatto's and now there is speculation that they will redouble their efforts to bail out.

I think Boise State should look closely at who runs the Big East and why all the FB teams were looking to get out before we decided to join.

Time to BACKUP

The Bronco's need to back up and stay in the Mountain West for a while longer...who knows what opportunities might open up. We have a home for ALL sports, the crummy TV deal is about over and the BIG EAST looks like a disaster waiting to happen.

Enjoy the Ride...there is no return ticket.

Staying in the MWC

would all but kill the football program.....

Please, give me a break.

The new MWC is nearly as good as CUSA-East, I mean the new Big East.


Dumb statement.

Big East vs MWC

The Big East is clearly the superior conference compared to the new-look MWC, both in TV revenue and competition. Feel free to look up all relevant statistics at your leisure, including endowment, stadium size, average attendance, average Sagarin ranking, average media market size, etc. Its all been argued, looked up, and posted on these blogs before, so you can pop back to the articles when the move was first announced to see it.

Olympic sports will be fine, and will be a better competitive fit in a retooled WAC (if it can survive) or, worst case scenario, back in the Big Sky.

Even if the Big East loses Louisville, UConn, Cincinnati, and possibly even Rutgers, it would still be in Boise State's benefit to be in the Big East, as the conference would include the top half of the MWC/CUSA and would be in a great position to pick off the top half of the new-look MWC/CUSA if needed.

Don't drink the kool-aid

I don't buy it. It would be great to get the Athletic Department in a BCS conference, but it is not going to kill the football program. ESPN is still going to find our games occasionally intriguing and we'll keep lay'in the wood to the BCS programs that have the guts to play the Bronco's.

Enjoy the Ride...there is no return ticket.

You really

think going back to play San Jose St., Hawaii, Fresno, and the like will keep Pete here?. You really think BSU football can continue to grow with the penny's the MWC TV deal will provide compared to the BE.

Think again.....


SOME people truly are just TOO CLUELESS to even bother with.

Plus one

If the powers that be ( BCS) decide to go to a more reasonable championship bowl series, isn't it likely that the winners of the Big 10,Pac 12, SEC and, whatever we call the conference with Texas and Oklahoma, will play in a one and out series to determine the national championship game?
if that happens where is BSU?

In Boise, Idaho...hasn't moved.


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That isn't likely


Get out now

Get out now Boise State. Going to the Big East is not the best move for the long term growth of Boise State University and their student athletes. Go back to the Mtn. West, the Big East is unstable and to uncertain. There are better regional rivalries that fans care about, fans will be able to travel to more away games hence when a bowl game comes around there is more of a chance that fans will travel to those games because they have not been traveling to the east coast for the last 3 months. By being in the Big East you are asking fans to go cross country alot during the year and that is not fair to the fans. Regional flights to San Diego, San Jose, Fresno, Las Vegas, Denver, San Diego, Albuquerque to be able to drive to Logan and Reno is more realistic for Bronco Nation. Boise State students come from the west, alumni live in the west. Play games where your alumni live. I can not stand the U of Idaho but they do a great job with their alumni in Portland and Seattle. Also know that the TV money for the Big East is not a reality yet, I will see it when I believe it. At the end of the day the competition in not that much better than the Mtn. West. Fans want to see teams that know and care about. They want to see Air Force and Wyoming in Bronco Stadium. Lastly, yes we all know that Boise State is a football school but there are other sports at Boise State and for the moral, benefit and growth of the university and the other athletic programs and coaches, ALL of the athletic programs should be in Mtn. West Conference. Who knows that the next 10 years will hold but everyone will continue to talk about joining the PAC 12 or the Big 12. With out the growth of academics and the other athletic programs neither of those conferences will ever look at Boise State unless they become a more broad based athletic program and university. By being in the Mtn. West Conference that gives Boise State University a better opportunity to grow as a university and an athletic department. With all of this said I am grad who lives in the eastern time zone so one would think I would love the them being in the Big East but it is not about me it is what is best for the university.

Proud grad, Class of 2006. GO BRONCOS!

There are many things

wrong in your statement, but just the idea of going back to a conference in which BSU is 52-3 against the teams in that conference over the last 10 years just make me shudder.....

Oh, and the new BE TV deal will be triple what the "new" MWC TV deal will be, you can take that to the bank.

Why should it, are you BORED, Terry?


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The Benefits of Now

I get your points about playing local competition. I too would prefer closer away games to be able to travel to, which is why I love the scheduling of Utah State and BYU, and I hope that kind of out of conference scheduling continues. However, the move to the Big East is still in the best interest of Boise State football and the athletic department as a whole.

Yes, it isn't clear what the Big East's new TV deal is going to look like. We can argue all day about the price range, but if you compare even the LOWEST projection for the Big East with the HIGHEST projection of the new MWC deal, the Big East TV deal will assuredly be higher. Even if the Big East TV deal underwhelms, it will be more lucrative than what Boise State will be getting in the MWC. More importantly, you're overlooking the fact that the Big East TV deal is higher now. Boise still will see higher revenue distributions before the TV deal is renegotiated.

You're also overlooking the fact that non-football sports rely on football revenue for operating costs and growth. The added revenue from football moving to the Big East will have a great positive impact on Olympic sports with the additional revenue going to the athletic department as a whole.


All BSU grad don't live in Boise.


Looking forward to getting to see BSU @ South Florda?

Going back

to the Mountain West may not be ideal competitively, but it looks like the best deal on the table now. I may be old-fashioned, but I think a geographically aligned conference makes the most sense in the long run. Fresno State, San Diego State, and Nevada-Reno have been good before and they can return to their former status. In any case, whatever BSU does will hardly kill one of the fastest rising football programs in the country. And, the exodus from the BE will likely continue with Louisville next, which in effect, makes that big TV deal a pipedream.


First, San Diego St. is going to the Big East with BSU.

Second, the new BE has 12 football members in in top 50 TV markets and BSU (who gets top 50 ratings)

Third, "Former status"? BSU is 21-2 vs. Fresno and Nevada since 2000

Forth, No way coach Pete stays to beat up on these teams for another 5 years.

and lastly, without the boost in TV money and Coach Pete, the football program will take a huge nose dive.

What an ignorant statement.

San Jose State is the #6th ranked media market as well. So what? Think that having the Spartans on TV there is going to drive up a big MWC TV contract any more than having Villanova or Temple football in the #4 Philly market? Temple averaged a whopping 20,515 fans per game, which is not much better than Idaho's. And then there is Memphis in the #48th ranked media market with only 23,900 fans per game and ranked last year #114 out of 120 teams. More factors come into play than just media markets when contracts are signed. As for Coach Pete he'll leave when he leaves and not any sooner. As long as the money and prestige is there and he feels at home here, he'll stay. And when he leaves, we'll find another.

Maybe we won't make as much TV money but who knows if it will more than offset the trashing of all our other sports to join a league that is getting weaker with each defection and each new addition? Besides, we get on TV for 3 months of football and then will be completely forgotten about the rest of the year in the Great West or Big Sky. Syracuse and West Virginia are already gone, and you can bet Louisville and maybe Rutgers are soon to follow. Didn't we learn anything when we joined the MWC only to see Utah, BYU and TCU leave? Maybe you want to be in CUSA-East at the expense of our other sports, but I don't.

OK, I'll play...

But before we begin lets straighten out a few of your "facts"

In 2011 Temple's average attendance was 28,060, not 20,515. And it wasn't just "not much better" than Idaho, Temple had almost 3 times Idaho's average attendance of 11,980.

It should be noted that Temple's average attendance in 2011 was higher than 7 of 10 programs in the new MWC.

As for Memphis, they averaged 20,078 in 2011 and were 93rd not 114th.

And for the record, Memphis still outdrew Nevada, Utah State, New Mexico, and San Jose St (all 2013 MWC teams)

I know you'll want to call BS, so here is the NCAA link.

Now, as for you misunderstanding of why all this conference realignment is happening. It is ALL about TV markets/ratings/money and anything and everything else is an afterthought.

As for your misunderstanding of TV markets and how they are valued by the networks for the purposes of these BCS conference TV deal... It would take all day. There's a bunch of stuff on the Internet, I suggest just read what you find. But the fact is Philly in the Tier 1 portion of the new deal won't bring much, but the tier 2 portion might bring more than the entire MWC deal combined.

BSU stands to go from $1.5M to $5M (maybe even $8M) by going to the Big East.

I wish there were an easier solution for the other sports, but at the end of the day, those sports are paid for by football.

The simple fact is all sports minus football ran in the red last year to the tune of $4,330,969

As for the competition stand, I posted earlier that BSU is 21-2 against Nevada and Fresno since 2000, and they are arguably the 2 best teams the MWC has moving forward.

I have few more ignorant items to add but I have to run.....

Aren't you on the Oregon boards as Terry Funk?

Feel your oats for a change!


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Nope, I'm "duckduckbeaver"

over there.

All Sports

If Navy can get all of their sports in the Big East, then BSU deserves the same consideration.

Isn't Navy in VIRGINIA? Newport News maybe? DUUHHHHH!


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Replacement commissioner

Hey-- is Karl Benson looking for a new job...

I think the keystone here .....

Is Coach Pete. As long as he is getting what he needs in facilities, coaches, salaries across the board and exposure for recruiting, he'll continue to stay put where he can raise the national exposure to new heights, challenge himself, his coaches and players and still allow the program to prosper. The football program DOES support and allow the expansion of the olympic sports. As long as they have a place to play (conference-wise) we should go wherever Coach feels we will do best.

Don't panic ...

It's like Braveheart, hold... hold... hold ... hold

There is no reason to run out and do something every time another shift occurs in the conference landscape. TCU went for over a year with a plan to join the Big East and only changed course after the 2011 season was over (before they ever joined the Big East).


Sorry bronco fans, but you're stuck in the MWC just like Idaho is stuck in the Big Sky. Unless you can convince the Big West to take your non-football teams, little Bobbie K. will have to walk into Craig T.'s office with his tail between his legs and beg to remain in the MWC. Cheer up, you'll love Laramie in November.


i like your style. i like switching the letters of first and last name better.

Don't be a scurrilous twit, 81


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take a hike foreign guy

and cut the crap with all of your ridiculous posts.

Be nice to Chuck, son.


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This must be the other fresh meat thread.


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repeta por favor

I said at the onset of all this... whatever you do, PLEASE keep all sports together... dont undermine the rest of the programs with a football-only deal.,, the benefits won't last. I stand by that opinion.