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The Catholic 7 have made the decision to leave the Big East

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In case you weren’t ready to believe it yet, there are multiple reports out that state that the Catholic 7 have officially made the decision to make their exit from the Big East.

The question now is, simply, how?

From ESPN:

The presidents of the seven schools conducted a teleconference with Big East commissioner Mike Aresco on Thursday morning. The presidents are expected to issue a statement on their schools’ future in the next 24 to 48 hours.

According to the report from USA Today, the basketball schools have two options. The first is that they can leave as a group, and while that would prevent them from having to pay any exit fees, it would forfeit their share of the exit fees from the schools that have already left the conference, the NCAA tournament win-shares and their right to the Big East “brand”.

The other option?

Well, that’s where things could get crazy:

The Catholic schools could vote to dissolve the league. With seven votes out of 10 being cast (Connecticut, South Florida and Cincinnati are the others), the Catholic schools would have the two-thirds majority to pass that measure.

Once that is done, the outstanding bills of the league would be paid and the assets would then be divided among the 10 members. But everything else disappears including the current agreements in place with football and basketball, naming rights for each conference and the issue of spots in the new football system of playoffs and bowl games and the NCAA tournament spot that is guaranteed to the Big East tournament champion.

(UPDATE: Well, maybe not:

I can’t keep up.)

If you’re a lawyer, you might want to try and get yourself connected with whatever firm the Big East and the Catholic 7 schools hire.

Because regardless of how this plays out, the legal fees generated while the schools fight over who gets what money will be enormous.

I should have gone to law school.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: