Xavier, Butler, Creighton to be officially added to new BIG EAST next week

USA TODAY Sports

According to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, the expansion of the Catholic 7 could come as early as next week. The new Big East league reportedly would like to make the announcement before the NCAA Tournament kicks off next weekend.

Xavier and Butler left Atlantic 10 meetings in New York on Friday, according to Sports Illustrated. The thought was that league might vote on increasing exit fees Friday, and if Xavier and Butler announced their imminent withdrawal, they would have lost voting rights and therefore would have had to exit the meeting.
Meanwhile, Creighton indeed will be the 10th team in the league, a source told the Tribune. There had been some debate on the identity of any additions after Xavier and Butler, but the new Big East has settled on Creighton for certain, barring unexpected complications.

According to the Tribune, none of the schools have signed any paperwork indicating their intent to join up with the Catholic 7 schools in the new league. The announcement of the members will be on hold until that paperwork is completed.

Xavier, Butler, and Creighton will bring the total of the [new] BIG EAST to ten schools for the 2013-14 season as they join Villanova, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, and DePaul in the new conference.

The conference has also hired a search firm that was charged with helping them find a new commissioner. That process is expected to take a bit longer, around 6-10 more weeks.

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