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

Head Coach John Thompson III

On his thoughts on the decision...
As I said the other day, this is a decision that is not an emotional decision. Getting to this point had nothing to do with Georgetown's position as a charter member and not wanting to pull apart because of those ties and allegiances. I think at this point, based on the collegiate landscape our leadership believes this is the right thing to do and we believe this is the right thing to do. I'm excited about where we are going to go. There are a lot of questions that still need to be answered, there are a lot of questions that we probably know the answer to, but are not ready to share publicly. This is a new phase that we're excited to be a part of.

On if he likes the conference being basketball-centric.
I'm glad to hear you guys acknowledge the common philosophical link is not religion, its basketball. I've felt comfortable with that. Georgetown has never changed in that regard, regardless of whom we've been in a conference with or who we will be in a conference with and I think that that's something that's been important. I said this the other day, we're Georgetown. Part of what you guys do in clumping us all together, as much as we're all stepping out here together, we are very different from the other six schools.

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2012-12-15



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