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Monday, December 24, 2012
3-point shot: Big East exit strategy

By Andy Katz

1. The presidents and athletic directors of the seven Catholic Big East schools (Georgetown, Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John's, Providence, Marquette, DePaul) will meet in early January to start extracting the schools, according to a source. The plan for the seven would be to get out for next season, but that's unlikely. A more realistic scenario is to cut out on July 1, 2014, a year before the 27-month exit of July 1, 2015. The lack of a television deal for the 2013-14 men's basketball season is a major concern for the seven. The seven are expected to come together after the holidays to pick a legislative team to orchestrate an exit.

2. As Boise State dances around whether it will stay as a Big East football school and Big West basketball school for next season, there are a number of teams wondering about their schedules. Aside from the conference schedules, the Broncos have two non-conference games against Memphis and Temple next season (so does San Diego State) as part of a basketball scheduling deal in having the two football-only schools in the Big East. If Boise State doesn't go through with the commitment then Memphis and Temple will be looking for other non-conference games.

3. Louisville's Gorgui Dieng will visit with his doctor Wednesday to see if he'll be able to come back and practice ahead of Saturday's home game against Kentucky, according to a school spokesperson. Dieng, one of the top back line defenders in the country, has been working out and has been able to stay in shape since he broke his left wrist and had a screw surgically inserted on Nov. 27. Even if Dieng were somehow able to play against the Wildcats he wouldn't be at full strength. It would have been intriguing to see Dieng go against Nerlens Noel at least once.