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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
3-point shot: Xavier and the Big East 7

By Andy Katz

1. Outgoing Xavier athletic director Mike Bobinski, who will become the Georgia Tech AD next month and is the current NCAA tournament selection committee chair, made some interesting comments about the Musketeers' future on our ESPNU college basketball podcast Monday. Bobinski said if Xavier receives the expected offer from the departing Big East schools to become one of its new members then it would have to listen. It would be situation where there were like-minded schools with a common purpose. He also said that 2014 would be more realistic for any movement while 2013 could be a bit rushed, although everything is negotiable. He didn't say Xavier would definitely leave, but it sure sounded like the Musketeers have given this a lot of thought and are likely gone if asked, whenever that occurs. Xavier and Butler are expected to be first up on the docket to join Georgetown, Marquette, DePaul, St. John's, Villanova, Seton Hall and Providence -- with the choice for a 10th or possibly 11th or 12th coming from a pool of Creighton (MVC), Dayton, Richmond, VCU and Saint Louis (all A-10). Of course, that's the wishful thinking of the departing seven schools.

2. The NCAA tabbed Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen to succeed Bobinski on the selection committee beginning this summer. The NCAA has to have a 6-4 split of FBS to non-FBS schools. The Valley has had representation just once, by MVC commissioner Doug Elgin. Meanwhile, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione's tenure increased for an additional three years after he finished the term of former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe. He will now serve until 2016  Castiglione agonized over the decision to fill Beebe's spot for just a year but was rewarded with his service with a full term. Castiglione has taken this role very seriously and offers a balanced approach to the process.

3. Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of the crash of flight 3407, a Continental commuter trip from Newark to Buffalo that claimed the lives of 49 people, including former NCAA/Princeton administrator Lauren Maurer. Maurer was the girlfriend of Dayton assistant Kevin Kuwik, a former assistant coach at Ohio State, Butler and Ohio. Kuwik is still an advocate for the victim's families of the crash and has been working tirelessly among countless others on trying to change regional airline legislation (pilot training and rest issues). I've written about this many times and on this anniversary it's good to pause, remember those who perished, and those who continue to fight for their memories and to ensure these accidents don't occur again. I've covered the game since I was in college in the late 1980s and it's hard to find a coach who has more respect and honor than the former Indiana National Guard Iraqi war veteran and now advocate of change, Kevin Kuwik.