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Big East statement on Rutgers' Departure

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While Rutgers took the podium to announce a move to the Big Ten, Mike Aresco released this statement.

Andrew Burton

There was no real surprise in Big East commissioner Mike Aresco's statement regarding Rutgers' move to the Big Ten Conference. He kept it positive and cited the direction that the league hopes to take going forward. The statement does not recognize the likelihood of additional departures, but stays classy in it's dealing with the departing member.

Although we are disappointed that Rutgers has decided to leave the Big East Conference, we wish them well. They have been a valued member of the Conference for many years.

We realize that conference realignment is currently a fact of life in college sports. In the context of this realignment, changes in our membership have been taking place, including important additions. In fact, the Big East has expanded its scope with new members in California, Texas, Florida, Idaho, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. As a result, the Big East has created a unique national football conference that is a factor in the BCS Championship, remains the nation’s strongest basketball conference top to bottom, and is a major force across the full spectrum of men’s and women’s college sports. We remain committed to, and confident in, the continued growth and vitality of the Big East Conference.