Big East timeline under John Marinatto

May, 7, 2012
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John Marinatto officially began his job as Big East commissioner on July 1, 2009. Since then, the league has dramatically changed. Here is a brief timeline of events.

Sept. 10, 2010: Villanova begins studying a proposal to move up to FBS level and have its football program join the Big East, at the request of Marinatto.

Nov. 30, 2010: TCU accepts an invitation to join the Big East, a move that is widely praised as being good for both parties, despite the geographic distance. "If you don't dream, you're living in a memory," TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said at the time. "Who wants to live in a memory? Every single time we have an opportunity to think about where we're going to go, that's the leadership of our chancellor that says, 'Guess what? We dare to be great academically and athletically.' This decision today is great for TCU. We're heading in an arena that we've always dreamed about. The BCS does not define TCU, TCU defines the BCS. The academic institutions that we're going to be associated with is unbelievable. This is a great time to be a Frog."

April 10, 2011: Villanova is no longer a viable candidate for expansion, after several football schools balked at the idea.

May 2011: Big East turns down new television deal, reportedly by a 12-4 vote.

Sept. 18, 2011: Pitt and Syracuse accept invitations to join the ACC, the first in a seismic shock wave to rock the Big East. Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross said, "It's more of what's in the best interest of our institution and what opportunities do you have for your institution that you look at things going on with your current conference and try to make the best decisions that are long-term decisions. These are very sophisticated, complicated processes that we go through to ensure the sustainability of our athletic department."

Sept. 26, 2011: Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy confirms UConn's interest in the ACC, should the league expand to 16 teams.

Oct. 10, 2011: TCU leaves the Big East for the Big 12, and is only responsible for a $5 million exit fee. “The Big 12 is a perfect fit for TCU," Del Conte said in a statement. "With our historical ties to Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech, as well as the close proximity to the other league members, we couldn’t be more excited to have the Big 12 as our new home."

Oct. 28, 2011: The Big 12 adds West Virginia, further destabilizing the Big East. The Mountaineers were chosen over Louisville.

Oct. 31, 2011: West Virginia sues the Big East to get out of the required 27-month waiting period in order to switch conferences. West Virginia does not hold back with its allegations, repeatedly blaming Marinatto and the Big East for "breaching fiduciary duties to the football schools."

Nov. 4, 2011: The Big East sues West Virginia in an attempt to force the school to say in the Big East for the full 27-month waiting period.

Nov. 19, 2011: West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck calls the Big East a "sinking ship" in an interview with the Charleston Gazette. "We were fortunate to get out," he said. "We got out when the ship was seriously going down. I mean, only the tip of the sail was showing."

Dec. 7, 2011: Boise State and San Diego State are added to the Big East as football-only members, while UCF, Houston and SMU are added as full members. Marinatto said the league made a "bold and creative step by going West."

Jan. 24, 2012: Navy joins as a football-only member beginning in 2015. "It's a marriage our membership has longed for for many, many years," Marinatto said.

Feb. 8, 2012: Memphis officially joins the Big East in all sports.

Feb. 15, 2012: West Virginia and the Big East formally settle on allowing the Mountaineers to join the Big 12 for the 2012 season, ending all legal matters between the two.

March 7, 2012: Temple returns to the Big East, this time as an all-sports member. The Owls will begin football play in 2012, to make up for the loss of West Virginia.

April 26, 2012: BCS officials announce there would no longer be automatic qualifier conferences at the conclusion of its meetings in Hollywood, Fla., a blow to the Big East. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany later tells a group of reporters there are questions about where the Big East fits in revenue distribution from the BCS.

May 7, 2012: Marinatto resigns under pressure.

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