Report: Big East basketball schools likely to leave the league


We should know what the future holds for the Big East within the next 24-48 hours, according to a report from ESPN.com. They are scheduled to have a teleconference on Thursday.

There’s no need to sugarcoat this; it doesn’t look promising for Big East fans:

The presidents of the Big East’s seven Catholic, non-Football Bowl Subdivision schools are expected to decide on their future in the Big East in the coming days and it “would be an upset” if they remained in the league, sources told ESPN.

The seven schools — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova — are “close to a consensus on what they want to do next,” a source said Wednesday.

The most important detail to note from the report — Andy Katz, Brett McMurphy and Dana O’Neil are on the byline — is that Temple has voting rights as a Big East member, but is not allowed to vote on the dissolution of the conference. That means that the league’s seven Catholic schools have the two-thirds majority needed (South Florida, UConn and Cincinnati are the other three) to dissolve the Big East.

So what happens from here?

Who knows.

Do the Catholic Seven simply leave the conference and all of the money — NCAA tournament win shares, the exit fees paid by the previous departees — on the table? Do they vote to dissolve the league and try to start a new conference using the Big East’s brand? Do they join forces with the Atlantic 10? Do they steal teams like Butler, VCU and Creighton?

Again, what happens to all the money that’s left over? How much do the lawyers fighting over the scraps end up banking?

And what happens to UConn, USF and Cincinnati? Are they left to fend for themselves in Conference USA, aka the Big East’s football side? What happens to their basketball programs when they are mixed up with the likes of Central Florida, Houston, SMU and Tulane? Are Memphis and Temple going to try and find a way to back out?


This is going to get messy.

Just prepare yourself for another whirlwind round of realignment, multi-teams raids, and conference-on-conference violence.

I need a beer, a cigarette and a shower.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Texas lands commitment from top 100 center

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James Banks announced on Thursday that he has committed to Texas, joining Jacob Young in Shaka Smart’s first recruiting class as the head coach of the Longhorns.

Banks is an interesting prospect. A 6-foot-10 center from Georgia, Banks is a still-developing prospect that was recruited more on his potential than his immediate ability.

“James Banks emerged as a good low post prospect this spring and summer,” NBC Recruiting Analyst Scott Phillips said. “With a good set of hands, some offensive potential and a frame that can add weight, Banks is a nice upside grab for Texas.”

He’s probably a few years away from having a major impact in the Big 12, but he may not have that much time to develop. Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Conner Lamert all graduate after this season, meaning that Banks is going to have to contribute immediately when he sets foot on the Austin campus for the 2016-17 season.

Texas has three commitments in the Class of 2015. Smart convinced Kerwin Roach and Eric Davis to remain committed to the program when he took over for Rick Barnes while he landed a commitment from Tevin Mack, who pledged to Smart when he was at VCU.

Memphis guard could miss season with shoulder injury

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Memphis just cannot catch a break.


It’s to the point where I almost feel bad for Josh Pastner.

Today, CBSSports.com reported that Kedren Johnson, a 6-foot-4 point guard that was on track towards being an all-SEC point guard at Vanderbilt, could end up missing the season due to a shoulder injury. If he can handle the pain he can avoid surgery and play with the injury, but at the very least, Johnson is going to be less than his best.

Johnson averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 assists last season for the Tigers. He sat out 2013-14 after leaving Vanderbilt and entered last season incredibly out of shape. There was hope that he would be able to make a bigger impact this season and help fill the void at the point guard spot.

This news comes on the heels of Memphis finding out that Jaylen Fisher is heading to UNLV. Who’s Jaylen Fisher? Well, he’s a point guard and top 40 recruit from Memphis that was Pastner’s No. 1 recruiting target that opted to leave the city for his college hoops instead of play for the Tigers.

That’s a bad sign, but not quite as bad as Memphis losing star center Austin Nichols — another local kid — to a transfer over the summer. Nichols transferred to Virginia.