Statements from Marinatto, Big East

The Big East confirmed that commissioner John Marinatto has resigned.

Here is his statement:

"After a great deal of thought and prayer, I have decided to step down as Commissioner of the Big East conference and formally advised our Board of Directors. I have been associated with this league for my entire adult life, and have had the tremendous honor of serving as its Commissioner since 2009. Our recent expansion efforts have stabilized the Conference for the long term, and we are likewise well positioned for our very important upcoming television negotiations. As a result, I felt this was the right time to step aside, and to let someone else lead us through the next chapter of our evolution. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish, and would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank both our membership and my staff for their unwavering encouragement, support and loyalty -- especially during this past year. I am extremely confident about the future of this league that I love very much."

Joseph A. Bailey III has been named interim Big East commissioner. Bailey has previously served as the chief executive officer of the Miami Dolphins, chief operating officer of the World League/NFL, and vice president of administration of the Dallas Cowboys and other senior positions. Most recently, he has served as the Managing Director of RSR Partners, a leading executive recruiting firm.

“The Big East has a terrific future,” Bailey said in a statement. “I’m excited to participate in shaping a new structure and strategic plans for the conference, and I look forward to engaging on these matters with the leadership of all of the conference’s members, old and new alike.”

Two other news nuggets:

  • The Conference also announced that it has retained The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to review its organizational design and structure.

  • The search for the new commissioner will be chaired by Cincinnati president Gregory H. Williams, a member of the Big East Executive Committee.