The SEC/Big East Challenge is dead.
That much Big East commissioner Mike Aresco told reporters in Connecticut yesterday. It was confirmed to AL.com’s Jon Solomon by the SEC’s Craig Pinkerton:
“This was the final year of our contract for a basketball invent involving the Big East Conference,” SEC spokesman Craig Pinkerton said via e-mail. “Playing an event such as the SEC/Big East Challenge has provided a great opportunity to highlight our teams as well as the sport early in the season. We are continuing to explore our options for continuing an event like this.”
The SEC/Big East Challenge never caught on in quite the same way as the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. And with the Big East turning into the reincarnation of Conference USA within the next couple of years, the SEC’s league RPI won’t be helped by the challenge as much as in year’s past.
The good news: it leaves the door open for a Catholic 7/Big East Challenge, right?
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