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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Deadline for old Big East's new name

By ESPN.com staff

The new Big East has laid out a working plan to become operational this summer that has major issues that need to be resolved, notably that the old Big East needs to have a new name by May 2.

ESPN.com obtained a "Big East Work Plan" email that was distributed Wednesday to the 10 schools that will make up the new Big East: Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova, Marquette, DePaul, Butler, Xavier and Creighton. The email details that the league needs the old Big East to have a new name before the May 2 NCAA board of directors meeting so the new Big East can be recognized as a full NCAA member with all rights afforded it, including automatic bids to NCAA championships.

The consultant on the email, former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, made it clear that the new Big East cannot afford to wait until the next NCAA board meeting in August.

The new Big East also will seek an audience at the Final Four with the BCS commissioners to ensure that there are no objections.

To read Andy Katz's full story, click here.