Big East 'Basketball Schools' Vote to Pursue 'New Framework'

On if football will move from the Patriot League...
No, the football team is in the Patriot League.

On if there is anything Big East Commissioner Michael Aresco could have done to dissuade the move...
I think we have been focused on what we've tried to accomplish in this. It's hard to tell what he might have been able to do. For us, after multiple conversations and a lot of thought, we think it's time for us to do what we're doing, both as Georgetown University and with the other six institutions.

On how long this has been in the works...
I don't want to talk much about the process at this time. I don't think it's really important. I think what's important is we're excited about where we're headed, we're excited that we will still have our student-athletes compete at the very highest level. Academically

On if there was something specific about this time to make this decision...
There is really no best time, no perfect time for this decision, but we felt this was the right time for us to do this.

On if it was important for Georgetown to align itself with "philosophically similar" schools given the instability of college athletics...
I would say that that is something we have thought about. Our priorities are for our student-athletes to be able to compete at the highest levels and providing them with the exposure and the platform that they need to do that and stability defined as Georgetown University having a basketball-centric, 29-sport, broad-based athletic program, so that's where we start and finish all of our conversations.

On media reports that characterized Georgetown as "more reluctant to make this move as a charter member"...
I don't think that's the case. I think we will always be very thoughtful and deliberate in any decision that we make that has an impact on Georgetown University, so we've done that. I wouldn't characterize it on us being slow to the table. In fact, I would go a step further, I am fortunate, we are fortunate, this institution and community is fortunate to have the leadership we have in President DeGioia. Having somebody who has been at the institution since the mid-70's and has been involved in intercollegiate athletics since the mid-80's, who serves on the Knight Commission, who has put us in a position, to again, be the Georgetown that we are today, I think that is a benefit. So again, we feel really good about where we are, the process we took to get to this point. A lot of work is left to be done, we've talked about it, it's probably the third inning of a nine inning game, so there is a lot of work left to be done.

On if they will be looking to grow the membership and if there is a target number...
No, there is no target number. I think it's safe to say that at the right time those things will be discussed and dealt with.

On if there was a specific tipping point that led to this decision...
No, I think it's been just watching the whole thing unfold. We've tried to assess every in how it relates to the Big East Conference, but also to how it relates specifically to Georgetown University, so not one thing made us make this decision.

On other options that were available...
It is our responsibility to do our due diligence to put the University, to put our athletics program and to put our student-athletes and coaches in the best position possible and right now we feel this is the best position possible. Right now, we feel this is our best opportunity to continue to excel in our broad-based, basketball-centric model. It's given us a lot of success and we're proud of it and we're excited about the future.

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2012-12-15



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