Big East Conference

The Big East Conference (stylized as BIG EAST) is a collegiate athletic conference that competes in NCAA Division I in all sports except football, which is not sponsored. The conference has been officially recognized as a Division I multi-sport conference, effective on August 1, 2013.[1] The conference was originally founded by Dave Gavitt on May 31, 1979.[2]

Its nucleus is composed of the "Catholic Seven" members of the original Big East Conference: DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, Seton Hall University, St. John's University, and Villanova University.[3] In December 2012, these schools chose to split from the football playing schools in order to focus on basketball, and in March 2013 reached a settlement, whereby they acquired the Big East Conference name, logos, history, and the rights to the men's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. Butler University, Creighton University, and Xavier University also joined the conference on its July 1, 2013 launch date.[4] The conference also entered into a 12-year, $500 million television contract with Fox Sports, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), Fox Sports 2 (FS2), and Fox Sports Networks (FSN) [5] and a 6-year television contract with CBS and CBS Sports Network (CBSSN).[6]

The football-playing members of the old Big East, along with several other schools, formed the American Athletic Conference, which retains the old Big East's charter and structure. However, both conferences claim 1979 as their founding date.[7][8] As part of the separation agreement, the basketball schools were able to retain the basketball records while the football schools retained the football records respectively.[9]

Val Ackerman, former WNBA president, has been commissioner since June 26, 2013. On the same day Ackerman was named as commissioner, it announced that it will be headquartered in New York City.[10][11][12] None of the conference's schools sponsor varsity football in the top-level Division I FBS. Georgetown, Villanova, and Butler do operate football programs in the second-level Division I FCS, though only Villanova offers scholarships to its players.

Big East Conference
Big East
Big East Conference logo
EstablishedMay 31, 1979
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I (Non-Football)
Members10 (All-Sports Members)
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 12
RegionNortheastern and Midwestern United States
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
CommissionerVal Ackerman (since 2013)
Websitebigeast.com
Locations
Big East Conference locations

History

The original Big East

The original Big East Conference was founded in 1979, when Providence College basketball coach Dave Gavitt spearheaded an effort to assemble an east coast basketball-centric collegiate athletic conference.[13] The core of the Big East formed when Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, and Syracuse invited Seton Hall, Connecticut (UConn), Holy Cross, Rutgers, and Boston College (BC). Holy Cross turned down the invitation, as did Rutgers initially, while BC, Seton Hall, and UConn accepted.[14][15][16] Gavitt became the Big East's first commissioner, and Villanova and Pittsburgh joined the conference shortly thereafter.[17][18][19] PR firm Duffy & Shanley is credited with the initial branding and naming work for the conference.[20] The "high point" of the original conference is widely considered to be the 1985 NCAA tournament, in which Georgetown, St. Johns, and Villanova all made the Final Four, and Villanova defeated Georgetown to win the national championship.

The conference remained largely unchanged until 1991, when it began to sponsor football, adding Miami as a full member, and Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia as football-only members.[21] Rutgers and West Virginia upgraded to full Big East membership in 1995, while Virginia Tech did the same in 2000. Notre Dame also joined as a non-football member effective in 1995. Temple football was kicked out after the 2004 season due to what was deemed by the other football-playing members a failure to make a strong effort to field a competitive team, but rejoined in 2012 after seriously upgrading its football program and intended to become a full Big East member in 2013.

The unusual structure of the Big East, with the "football" and "non-football" schools, led to instability in the conference.[22] The waves of defection and replacement brought about by the conference realignments of 2005 and the early 2010s revealed tension between the football-sponsoring and non-football schools that eventually led to the split of the conference in 2013.[23]

The conference reorganized following the tumultuous period of realignment that hobbled the Big East between 2010 and 2013. The Big East was one of the most severely impacted conferences during the most recent conference realignment period. In all, 14 member schools announced their departure for other conferences, and 15 other schools announced plans to join the conference (eight as all-sports members, and four for football only). Three of the latter group later backed out of their plans to join (one for all sports, and the other two for football only).

The present Big East

New Big East Locations
Locations of the Big East Conference member institutions

On December 15, 2012 the Big East's seven non-FBS schools (all Catholic institutions) – DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, and Villanova – announced that they had voted unanimously to separate from the Big East football playing schools, effective June 30, 2015.[24] Among the many rumor-fueled news stories, it was reported that the so-called Catholic 7, in leaving the Big East, were looking for a more lucrative television deal than they would have received by remaining with the football schools.[25] Of more concern may have been the limited window in which these non-FBS schools would hold a voting majority in the conference—after the defection of certain FBS schools to the ACC but before the effective inclusion of candidate FBS schools to replace them—and, therefore, architect a conference future both aligned with their institutional interests and true to the basketball roots from which the Big East grew. Five of the seven schools constituted a majority of the conference during its enormously successful early years, prior to the inclusion of football as a conference sport; only one of the FBS schools that were to remain in the conference, UConn, shared this heritage. In March 2013, it was announced that the Catholic 7 were not only parting ways with the FBS schools on June 30, 2013, but that they would retain the Big East name, $10 million from the old conference's treasury, and the right to hold the conference's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden.[26]

On March 14, 2013, it was reported that the Big East would be adding members in the next seven to ten days.[27] The following day, ESPN stated that the Big East would add Butler and Xavier from the Atlantic 10 Conference, as well as Creighton from the Missouri Valley Conference, with an official announcement to be forthcoming within the next week, although the institutions which were reportedly joining were refusing to comment.[28]

At a news conference in New York City on March 20, 2013, the reorganized league was formally introduced with Butler, Xavier, and Creighton included as members. Additional announcements included details of new contracts for television and for the use of Madison Square Garden as site of the men's basketball tournament.[4][29] It billed itself as a return to Gavitt's original vision of a strong, Northeast-based basketball conference.[8]

Field Hockey and Lacrosse Associate Members

During May 2013, the conference added several associate members in lacrosse and field hockey. The University of Denver joined the men's lacrosse league and started play in the 2014 season,[30] while Rutgers University men's lacrosse played the 2014 season in the Big East before moving to the Big Ten in 2014–15.[31] Rutgers also housed its field hockey and women's lacrosse teams in the Big East for 2013–14 before joining the Big Ten, as did Louisville in advance of its 2014 move to the ACC.

The 2013–14 school year also saw the arrival of UConn and Temple for both women's lacrosse and field hockey, Old Dominion for field hockey only, and Cincinnati for women's lacrosse only.[32]

The launch of a women's lacrosse league in the Big Ten for the 2015 season caused the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) to dissolve after the 2014 season; two Southeastern Conference teams that had been ALC members, Florida and Vanderbilt, joined the Big East as associate members in that sport.[33]

The next changes to Big East associate membership came during the 2015–16 school year. First, on December 8, 2015, the conference announced that Liberty and Quinnipiac would become associate members in field hockey effective with the 2016 season.[34] Then, on May 3, 2016, the Big East announced that Denver, already an affiliate in men's lacrosse, would move its women's lacrosse team into the league in the 2016–17 school year (2017 season).[35] In addition to the new associate members, full member Butler announced on October 21, 2015 that it would elevate its club team in women's lacrosse to full varsity status in the 2017 season and immediately begin Big East competition.[36]

Most recently, the American Athletic Conference announced on October 11, 2017 that it would begin sponsoring women's lacrosse in the 2019 season (2018–19 school year), which led to the departure of all then-current Big East women's lacrosse associates except Denver.[37] On that same date, the Big East announced that field hockey member Old Dominion would also become a Big East women's lacrosse member in the 2019 season, maintaining Big East women's lacrosse membership at 6 teams and preserving its automatic berth to the NCAA women's tournament.[38]

Member schools

Charter members

All full members of the Big East are private institutions, and all are Catholic except for Butler (which is nonsectarian though founded by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Institution Location Founded Endowment Enrollment Nickname Colors
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 1855 $174,000,000 4,848 Bulldogs          
Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska 1878 $448,000,000 8,236 Bluejays          
DePaul University Chicago, Illinois 1898 $595,800,000 23,799 Blue Demons          
Georgetown University Washington, D.C. 1789 $1,770,000,000 17,858 Hoyas          
Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1881 $550,000,000 11,745 Golden Eagles          
Providence College Providence, Rhode Island 1917 $213,000,000 4,533 Friars               
St. John's University Queens, New York 1870 $648,000,000 20,448 Red Storm          
Seton Hall University South Orange, New Jersey 1856 $243,000,000 9,627 Pirates          
Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 $715,000,000 10,735 Wildcats          
Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio 1831 $151,000,000 6,538 Musketeers               

Associate members

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport(s) Primary Conference
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881 2013 31,624 Huskies           Field hockey American Athletic Conference
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 2013 (men)
2016 (women)
11,809 Pioneers           Men's lacrosse,
Women's lacrosse
Summit League
Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia 1971 2016 15,000[a] Lady Flames                Field hockey ASUN Conference
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 2013 (field hockey)
2018 (women's lacrosse)
24,932 Monarchs                Field hockey
Women's lacrosse
Conference USA
Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut 1929 2016 9,000 Bobcats           Field hockey Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 2013 37,485 Owls           Field hockey American Athletic Conference
Notes
  1. ^ Liberty claims 110,000 current students, but the vast majority are enrolled in its online degree programs. The table lists residential enrollment.

Former associate members

Because the American Athletic Conference did not sponsor lacrosse or field hockey immediately after the Big East split, several schools from The American joined the reconfigured Big East as associate members in those sports. UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, and Temple joined in both women's lacrosse and field hockey, with Rutgers also joining in men's lacrosse, while Cincinnati joined only in women's lacrosse. Among these schools, Louisville and Rutgers were associates only for one season, as both became full members of conferences that sponsored their remaining Big East sports in 2014—respectively the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten Conference. The other named schools stayed in Big East women's lacrosse until The American began a women's lacrosse league in 2018–19. Two of these schools, Temple and UConn, remain Big East field hockey associates.

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport(s) Primary Conference New Conference in
Former Big East Sport(s)
Rutgers University–New Brunswick New Brunswick, New Jersey 1766 2013 2014 48,378 Scarlet Knights      Field hockey,
Men's & women's lacrosse
Big Ten Conference
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 2013 2014 21,562 Cardinals           Field hockey,
Women's lacrosse
Atlantic Coast Conference
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 2013 2018 35,421 Bearcats           Women's lacrosse American Athletic Conference
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881 2013 2018 31,624 Huskies           Women's lacrosse American Athletic Conference
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 1853 2014 2018 50,350 Gators           Women's lacrosse SEC American Athletic Conference
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 2013 2018 37,485 Owls           Women's lacrosse American Athletic Conference
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 1873 2014 2018 12,686 Commodores           Women's lacrosse SEC American Athletic Conference

Membership timeline

Big East Conference (1979–2013) members Big East Conference members Associate member

Men's sports

Since the relaunch of the Big East in July 2013, it has sponsored championship competition in ten men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Initially, seven schools were associate members in three sports. Two associate members departed in 2014 and were replaced by two new associates. In 2016, two new associates joined, and an existing associate member brought a second sport into the Big East.[39]

Men's sponsored sports by school
School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
(Indoor)
Track
& Field
(Outdoor)
Total
Big East
Sports
Butler Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick 8
Creighton Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Red XN Green tick Red XN Red XN 6
DePaul Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick 7
Georgetown Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 10
Marquette Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick 8
Providence Red XN Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick 7
St. John's Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Red XN Red XN 6
Seton Hall Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Red XN Red XN Red XN 6
Villanova Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 10
Xavier Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 9
Totals 7 10 9 9 5+1[a] 10 5 8 7 7 77+1
  1. ^ Associate member Denver.
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big East Conference which are played by Big East schools
School Fencing Football Ice Hockey Rowing[a] Sailing[b]
Butler No Pioneer Football League No No No
Georgetown No Patriot League No Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association
Providence No No Hockey East No No
St. John's Independent No No No No
Villanova No Colonial Athletic Association No No No
  1. ^ The only category of rowing governed by the NCAA is women's heavyweight rowing. All other U.S. college rowing is governed by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.
  2. ^ Sailing is not an NCAA-sanctioned sport, instead being governed by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.

Basketball

The 2013–14 season marked the inaugural season of the reconfigured Big East. Kicking off with media day at Chelsea Piers, the season started with much fanfare and excitement around the country's elite basketball-centric conference. Aided by the lucrative TV agreement with FS1, almost all Big East games were televised, helping to maintain and grow Big East basketball as a national brand. For 2014–15, the Big East had four schools ranked in the top 20 and six schools in the top 30 recruiting classes nationally according to ESPN, Scout and Rivals rankings. Villanova won the conference's first national championship since realignment in 2016. The conference holds the record for the highest percentage of members ever sent to one tournament from a single conference at 70%.

Big East Champions and tournament bids

Year Regular Season
Champion
Player of the Year Tournament
Champion
Tournament MVP NCAA Tournament Bids
2013–14 Villanova Doug McDermott (Creighton) Providence Bryce Cotton (Providence) Villanova #2 East, Creighton #3 West, Providence #11 East, Xavier #11 Midwest
2014–15 Villanova Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova),
Kris Dunn (Providence)
Villanova Josh Hart (Villanova) Villanova #1 East, Georgetown #4 South, Providence #6 East, Butler #6 Midwest, Xavier #6 West, St. John's #9 South
2015–16 Villanova Kris Dunn (Providence) Seton Hall Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall) Villanova #2 South, Xavier #2 East, Seton Hall #6 Midwest, Providence #9 East, Butler #9 Midwest
2016–17 Villanova Josh Hart (Villanova) Villanova Josh Hart (Villanova) Villanova #1 East, Butler #4 South, Creighton #6 Midwest, Seton Hall #9 South, Marquette #10 East, Xavier #11 West, Providence #11 East (First Four)
2017–18 Xavier Jalen Brunson (Villanova) Villanova Mikal Bridges (Villanova) Villanova #1 East, Xavier #1 West, Seton Hall #8 Midwest, Creighton #8 South, Providence #10 West, Butler #10 East
2018–19 Villanova Markus Howard (Marquette) Villanova Phil Booth (Villanova) Marquette #5 West, Villanova #6 South, Seton Hall #10 Midwest, St. John's #11 West (First Four)

All-time wins and NCAA appearances

This list goes through the 2015–16 season.

Team Records Win Pct. NCAA
Tournament
NCAA
Sweet 16
NCAA
Elite 8
NCAA
Final Four
NCAA
Runner Up
NCAA
Champions
Butler 1535–1105 .581 13 5 2 2 2 0
Creighton 1496–983 .603 19 3 1 0 0 0
DePaul 1428–964 .597 22 10 3 2 0 0
Georgetown 1624–1006 .617 30 11 9 5 3 1
Marquette 1569–970 .617 31 16 7 3 1 1
Providence 1404-941 .600 18 5 4 2 0 0
St. John's 1849–981 .653 29 6 6 2 1 0
Seton Hall 1451–1046 .584 10 4 2 1 1 0
Villanova 1685–917 .648 36 18 13 5 1 3
Xavier 1418–969 .594 26 7 3 0 0 0

NCAA National Championships

School NCAA Champion Years NCAA Runner Up Years
Villanova 3 1985, 2016, 2018 1 1971
Georgetown 1 1984 3 1943, 1982, 1985
Marquette 1 1977 1 1974
Butler 0 2 2010, 2011
Seton Hall 0 1 1989
St. Johns 0 1 1952
Total 5 9

Soccer

All full Big East member schools field men's soccer teams.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner Up NCAA Bids
2013 Georgetown Marquette Providence Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's
2014 Creighton Providence Xavier Creighton, Georgetown, Providence, Xavier
2015 Georgetown Georgetown Creighton Creighton, Georgetown
2016 Providence Butler Creighton Butler, Creighton, Providence, Villanova
2017 Butler Georgetown Xavier Butler, Georgetown
2018 Creighton Georgetown Marquette Georgetown

Lacrosse

Big East men's lacrosse is made up of charter members Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, and Villanova, as well as Denver. NCAA regulations state that there must be six teams for a league to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, and since Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Seton Hall, and Xavier only field club teams, the Big East had to look elsewhere. Both Denver and Johns Hopkins were rumored as targets for potential invitation and Denver was ultimately invited to join the Big East as a lacrosse-only member. Denver joined the Big East as one of the hottest teams in the country; at the time of the relaunch of the Big East in July 2013, the Pioneers had made six NCAA Tournament appearances in the previous eight seasons and had appeared in two Final Fours in the previous three seasons. The University of Denver houses most of its other sports in The Summit League; most of that league's other teams are closer to that school's Denver campus than the bulk of the Big East. There is still uncertainty to whether or not Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Seton Hall, or Xavier will elevate their programs from the club level, or if any other programs will receive lacrosse-only invitations.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner-Up NCAA Bids
2014 Denver Denver Villanova Denver (Final Four)
2015 Denver Denver Georgetown Denver (National Champion)
2016 Denver Marquette Denver Denver (First Round), Marquette (First Round)
2017 Denver Marquette Providence Denver (Final Four), Marquette (First Round)
2018 Denver Georgetown Denver Denver (Quarterfinals), Georgetown (First Round), Villanova (First Round)
2019 Denver Georgetown Denver Georgetown (First Round)

NCAA National Championships

School NCAA Champion Years NCAA Runner Up Years
Denver 1 2015 0 N/A

Baseball

Big East full member schools, Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova and Xavier all field men's baseball teams. DePaul and Marquette have never fielded Big East baseball teams, while Providence fielded one until 1999 when it was dropped and later replaced with lacrosse.

Year Regular Season Tournament NCAA Bids
2014 Creighton Xavier Xavier
2015 St. John's St. John's St. John's
2016 Xavier Xavier Xavier
2017 Creighton Xavier Xavier, St. John's
2018 St. John's St. John's St. John's
2019 Creighton Creighton Creighton

Swimming & Diving

Big East men's swimming & diving is made up of charter members Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier. Butler cut men's swimming & diving in 2007, when they also cut lacrosse. St. John's cut men's swimming & diving in 2003 due to Title IX, when they also cut women's swimming & diving, football, men's cross country, men's indoor track & field, and men's outdoor track & field and added men's lacrosse. The Big East Conference originally started sponsoring men's swimming & diving in 1979.

The Big East Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships have been held at some of the fastest pools in the United States. These pools include: Indiana University Natatorium, which has hosted multiple NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships and multiple United States Olympic Swimming Trials and United States Olympic Diving Trials; Nassau County Aquatic Center, which has hosted NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships and the International Goodwill Games; and University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool, which hosted a total of 17 Big East Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. Out of the current members, Xavier has won a total of four Big East Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, while Villanova and Seton Hall have each won two.

Year Tournament Champion Tournament Runner Up
2014 Xavier Georgetown
2015 Xavier Georgetown
2016 Xavier Georgetown
2017 Seton Hall Georgetown
2018 Seton Hall Villanova
2019 Xavier Georgetown

Cross Country

Villanova men's cross country team won three straight NCAA National Championships in 1966, 1967 and 1968, as well as a fourth in 1970. They also finished 2nd in 1962 and 1969. Providence men's cross country team have also finished in second in 1981 and 1982.

Year Big East Champion NCAA Championship Team Entries
2013 Villanova Providence, Villanova
2014 Villanova Georgetown, Providence, Villanova
2015 Georgetown Georgetown
2016 Georgetown Georgetown, Providence
2017 Georgetown None
2018 Georgetown Villanova

NCAA National Championships

School NCAA Runner Up Years NCAA National Champion Years
Villanova 2 1962, 1969 4 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970
Providence 2 1981, 1982 0 N/A

Women's sports

Women's sponsored sports by school
School Basketball Cross
Country
Field
Hockey
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
(Indoor)
Track
& Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total
Big East
Sports
Butler Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 11
Creighton Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Red XN Red XN Green tick 7
DePaul Green tick Green tick Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 8
Georgetown Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 12
Marquette Green tick Green tick Red XN Red XN Green tick Green tick Red XN Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 8
Providence Green tick Green tick Green tick Red XN Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 10
St. John's Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 9
Seton Hall Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red XN Red XN Green tick 8
Villanova Green tick Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 11
Xavier Green tick Green tick Red XN Green tick Red XN Green tick Red XN Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick 9
Totals 10 10 3+5[a] 6 4+2[b] 10 8 6 10 8 8 10 93+7
  1. ^ Associates Liberty, Old Dominion, Quinnipiac, Temple, and UConn.
  2. ^ Associates Denver and Old Dominion.
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big East Conference which are played by Big East schools
School Fencing Ice Hockey Rowing Sailing[a] Water Polo
Creighton No No West Coast Conference No No
Georgetown No No Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association No
Providence No Hockey East No No No
St. John's Independent No No No No
Villanova No No Colonial Athletic Association No Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
  1. ^ Sailing is not an NCAA-sanctioned sport, instead being governed by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.

Basketball

Year Regular Season Champion Player of the Year Tournament Champion Tournament MVP NCAA Tournament Bids
2013–14 DePaul Marissa Janning (Creighton) DePaul Jasmine Penny (DePaul) DePaul
2014–15 DePaul, Seton Hall Brittany Hrynko (DePaul) DePaul Megan Podkowa (DePaul) DePaul, Seton Hall
2015–16 DePaul Chanise Jenkins (DePaul) St. John's Aliyyah Handford (St. John's) DePaul, St. John's, Seton Hall
2016–17 Creighton, DePaul Brooke Schulte (DePaul) Marquette Amani Wilborn (Marquette) Creighton, DePaul, Marquette
2017–18 DePaul, Marquette Allazia Blockton (Marquette) DePaul Amarah Coleman (DePaul) DePaul (#5 Spokane), Marquette (#8 Lexington), Villanova (#9 Spokane), Creighton (#11 Kansas City)
2018–19 Marquette Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette) DePaul Chante Stonewall (DePaul) Marquette (#5 Chicago), DePaul (#6 Chicago)

Field Hockey

The Big East began sponsoring field hockey in 1989, but conference records only indicate that a postseason tournament was held; the first recorded season of full league play was 1993, with Boston College, UConn, Georgetown, Providence, Syracuse, and Villanova participating. Georgetown left Big East field hockey after the 1994 season, and was replaced by incoming Big East member Rutgers. The next change in field hockey membership came in 2005, when BC left for the ACC and was replaced by Louisville. Georgetown returned its field hockey program to the Big East the next year, after which the conference's field hockey membership remained unchanged until the 2013 conference split. Shortly before the split, Old Dominion was set to join the original Big East as a field hockey associate.[40]

The conference split left both successor leagues—the reconfigured Big East and The American—with too few field hockey members to qualify for an automatic NCAA tournament berth. As a result, both leagues agreed that only the "new" Big East would sponsor the sport, and that all American members with field hockey programs would become associates. Accordingly, the Big East field hockey conference would now be made up of Big East full members Georgetown, Providence, and Villanova; American members UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, and Temple; and Old Dominion, otherwise a member of Conference USA. Following the 2014 departure of Louisville and Rutgers for all-sports membership in conferences that sponsored field hockey (respectively the ACC and Big Ten), Big East field hockey operated with six members until Liberty and Quinnipiac joined as associate members in 2016.

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2013 UConn UConn UConn, Old Dominion
2014 UConn UConn UConn
2015 UConn UConn UConn
2016 UConn UConn UConn
2017 UConn UConn UConn
2018 UConn UConn UConn

NCAA National Championships

The only honors listed here are those earned by Big East field hockey members while playing the sport in the conference. In addition to these:

  • UConn had two national titles and two runner-up finishes as a member of the original Big East, but before the conference established a field hockey league.
  • Old Dominion had nine national titles and three runner-up finishes before joining Big East field hockey.
School NCAA National Champion Years NCAA Runner-up Years
UConn 3 2013, 2014, 2017 0 N/A

Soccer

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2013 Marquette Marquette DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, St. John's
2014 DePaul DePaul DePaul, Georgetown
2015 St. John's Butler Butler, Georgetown, St. John's
2016 Marquette, DePaul Georgetown Georgetown, Marquette
2017 Georgetown Georgetown Butler, Georgetown
2018 Georgetown Georgetown Georgetown

Softball

Eight Big East members sponsor softball, with Marquette and Xavier as the exceptions. The original Big East first sponsored the sport in the 1990 season.

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2014 DePaul DePaul DePaul
2015 St. John's St. John's St. John's
2016 DePaul Butler Butler
2017 St. John's DePaul DePaul
2018 DePaul DePaul DePaul
2019 St. John's DePaul DePaul

Swimming & Diving

Big East women's swimming & diving is made up of charter members Butler, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier. St. John's cut women's swimming & diving in 2003 due to Title IX, when they also cut men's swimming & diving, football, men's cross country, men's indoor track & field, and men's outdoor track & field and added men's lacrosse. The Big East Conference originally started sponsoring women's swimming & diving in 1982.

The Big East Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships have been held at some of the fastest pools in the United States. These pools include: Indiana University Natatorium, which has hosted multiple NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships and multiple United States Olympic Swimming Trials and United States Olympic Diving Trials; Nassau County Aquatic Center, which has hosted NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships and the International Goodwill Games; and University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool, which hosted a total of 17 Big East Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Out of the current members, Villanova has won a total of eleven Big East Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

Year Tournament Champion Tournament Runner Up
2014 Villanova Georgetown
2015 Villanova Georgetown
2016 Villanova Georgetown
2017 Villanova Georgetown
2018 Villanova Georgetown
2019 Villanova Xavier

Volleyball

All full members of the Big East sponsor women's volleyball. However, in the first season of the reconfigured Big East in 2013, Providence was an affiliate member of the America East Conference. The Friars joined Big East volleyball in 2014.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner Up NCAA Bids
2013 Marquette Marquette Creighton Creighton, Marquette
2014 Creighton Creighton Seton Hall Creighton, Marquette, Seton Hall
2015 Creighton Creighton Villanova Creighton, Marquette, Villanova
2016 Creighton Creighton Xavier Creighton, Marquette
2017 Creighton Creighton Marquette Creighton, Marquette
2018 Creighton Creighton Marquette Creighton, Marquette

Cross Country

The Providence women's cross country team have been crowned NCAA National Champions in 1995 and 2013, as well as finishing 2nd in 1990 and 2012. The Villanova women's cross country team won two straight NCAA National Championships in 2009 and 2010 and six straight NCAA National Championships in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994. Villanova runners also won an individual NCAA National Championship in 1998, as well as placing 3rd in 1995, 2nd in 1996 and 3rd in 2011. The Georgetown women's cross country team were NCAA National Champions in 2011.

Year Big East Champion NCAA Championship Team Entries
2013 Providence Butler, Georgetown, Providence, Villanova
2014 Georgetown Georgetown, Providence
2015 Providence Georgetown, Providence, Villanova
2016 Providence Providence, Villanova
2017 Villanova Providence, Villanova
2018 Villanova

NCAA National Championships

School NCAA Runner-up Years NCAA National Champion Years
Villanova 1 1996 9 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2009, 2010
Providence 2 1990, 2012 2 1995, 2013
Georgetown 0 N/A 1 2011

Lacrosse

The Big East began sponsoring women's lacrosse in the 2001 season with Boston College, UConn, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech. The original lineup stayed in place until Virginia Tech and BC left for the ACC, respectively in 2004 and 2005. The conference replaced BC with Loyola (Maryland) for the 2006 season, and the Greyhounds remained an associate member until the school joined the Patriot League, which already sponsored women's lacrosse, in 2013. Originally, the conference championship was decided solely by league play; a postseason tournament was added starting in the 2007 season with the top four teams qualifying, a format that exists to this day. The next changes in women's lacrosse membership came in the 2009 season, when Cincinnati and Louisville (both of which had only added varsity lacrosse for the 2008 season)[41][42] brought their teams into the Big East. Villanova followed in the 2010 season.[43]

As in the case of field hockey, the 2013 conference split left the Big East and The American with too few lacrosse teams for an automatic NCAA bid. Also in a parallel with field hockey, the two conferences agreed that only the reconfigured Big East would sponsor the sport, with all women's lacrosse teams from The American becoming associate members. The first season of women's lacrosse in the reconfigured league in 2014 would thus include Cincinnati, UConn, Georgetown, Louisville, new varsity team Marquette, Rutgers, Temple, and Villanova. The Big East would lose Louisville and Rutgers after that season, respectively to the ACC and Big Ten, replacing them with Florida and Vanderbilt (the only two SEC schools sponsoring the sport) after the demise of the American Lacrosse Conference.[43]

For the 2017 season, Butler added varsity women's lacrosse and Denver brought its women's lacrosse team into the league, giving the Big East 10 members in the sport. However, after the 2018 season, the Big East lost all of its women's lacrosse associate members except Denver to the new women's lacrosse conference of The American. The Big East retained its automatic NCAA tournament bid for the 2019 season and beyond by adding Old Dominion, already an associate member in field hockey.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner-Up NCAA Bids
2014 Louisville Louisville Georgetown Louisville, Georgetown (both Second Round)
2015 Florida, Georgetown Florida UConn Florida (Second Round)
2016 Florida Florida Temple Florida (Second Round)
2017 Florida Florida Denver Florida (Second Round)
2018 Florida Florida Denver Florida (Quarterfinals), Denver (Second Round), Georgetown (First Round)
2019 Denver Georgetown Denver Georgetown (Second Round), Denver (Quarterfinals)

NCAA team championships

Thru November 19, 2017 [44]

This list includes NCAA championships. Excluded from this list are all national championships earned outside the scope of NCAA competition, including Division I FBS football titles (0), women's AIAW championships (2 by Old Dominion), equestrian titles (0), and retroactive Helms Athletic Foundation titles (1 by St. John's).

NCAA championships won by Big East associate members in their Big East sports are also included if they were won while the particular team was a Big East member. These schools are indicated in italics.

School Total Men Women Co-ed Nickname
Villanova 20 11 9 0 Wildcats
UConn 3 0 3 0 Huskies
Providence 3 1 2 0 Friars
Georgetown 2 1 1 0 Hoyas
St. John's 2 1 0 1 Red Storm
Denver 1 1 0 0 Pioneers
Marquette 1 1 0 0 Golden Eagles
Butler 0 0 0 0 Bulldogs
Creighton 0 0 0 0 Bluejays
DePaul 0 0 0 0 Blue Demons
Seton Hall 0 0 0 0 Pirates
Xavier 0 0 0 0 Musketeers

Facilities

School Soccer stadium Cap. Basketball arena(s) Cap. Baseball park Cap. Softball park Cap. Lacrosse stadium Cap.
Full Members
Butler Sellick Bowl 5,647 Hinkle Fieldhouse 9,100 Bulldog Park 500 Butler Softball Field 500 Varsity Field N/A
Creighton Morrison Stadium 6,000 M: CHI Health Center Omaha
W: D. J. Sokol Arena
18,320
2,950
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha 24,505 Creighton Sports Complex 1,000 Non-Lacrosse school
DePaul Wish Field 1,000 Wintrust Arena 10,387 Non-baseball school Cacciatore Stadium 1,000 Non-Lacrosse school
Georgetown Shaw Field 1,625 M: Capital One Arena
W: McDonough Gymnasium
20,035
2,500
Shirley Povich Field 1,500 Nats Academy 200 Cooper Field 2,500
Marquette Valley Fields 1,600 M: Fiserv Forum
W: Al McGuire Center
18,850
4,000
Non-baseball school Non-softball school Time Warner Cable Stadium
Hart Park Stadium
Valley Fields
7,000
5,500
1600
Providence Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium 3,000 M: Dunkin' Donuts Center
W: Alumni Hall
12,400
1,854
Non-baseball school Glay Field 500 Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium 3,000
Seton Hall Owen T. Carroll Field 1,800 M: Prudential Center
W: Walsh Gymnasium
18,711
2,600
Owen T. Carroll Field 600 Essex County
Mike Shepard, Sr. Field
300 Non-Lacrosse school
St. John's Belson Stadium 2,168 M: Madison Square Garden
M&W: Carnesecca Arena [a]
19,979
5,602
Jack Kaiser Stadium 3,500 Red Storm Field 250 DaSilva Memorial Field 1,200
Villanova Villanova Soccer Complex 1,500 M&W: Wells Fargo Center
M&W: Finneran Pavilion [b][c]
20,328
6,500
Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth 300 [46] Villanova Softball Complex 250 Villanova Stadium 12,500
Xavier Xavier University Soccer Complex 1,000 Cintas Center 10,250 J. Page Hayden Field 500 Non-softball school Non-Lacrosse school
Associate Members
Denver Member only for men's and women's lacrosse Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium 2,000
Old Dominion Member only for field hockey and women's lacrosse L. R. Hill Sports Complex 3,000

Notes:

  1. ^ St. John's men generally play their Big East home schedule in Madison Square Garden and their non-conference home schedule on campus at Carnesecca Arena. In 2012-13, St. John's played only one non-conference game at MSG and two Big East games on campus.[45]
  2. ^ For certain high-profile home games, Villanova uses the Wells Fargo Center, and previously used the Spectrum. In 2005–06, Villanova played three home games at the Wells Fargo Center and the rest on campus at The Pavilion. In 2006, the Wells Fargo Center was also a first-round site for the NCAA Tournament. Under NCAA rules, a venue is not considered a home court unless a school plays four or more regular-season games there; this enabled Villanova to play its first two tournament games at the Wells Fargo Center (but Villanova was not considered the host school for that sub-region – the Atlantic 10 Conference was). This situation occurred again in 2009, with Villanova playing (and winning) its first two tournament games at Wells Fargo Center.
  3. ^ Due to renovations to The Pavilion—which will be renamed Finneran Pavilion upon completion in 2018—the men's team will play all but one of its 2017–18 home games at Wells Fargo Center. The remaining men's home game, plus all women's home games, will be held on campus at Jake Nevin Field House (permanent capacity 1,500, expandable to 3,500).

See also

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External links

1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

The 1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represented Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. Virginia Tech competed as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hokies were led by Frank Beamer in his 13th year as head coach. Virginia Tech finished the regular season undefeated but lost in the national championship game to the Florida State Seminoles.

2002 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 2002 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 2002 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Hurricanes' 77th season of football and 12th as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hurricanes were led by second-year head coach Larry Coker and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 12–1 overall and 7–0 in the Big East to finish as conference champion. They were invited to the Fiesta Bowl, which served as the BCS National Championship Game, and lost to Ohio State, 31-24, in double overtime, ending the 34-game winning streak they had brought into the game.

2003 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

The 2003 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. They were led by head coach Rich Rodriguez and played their home games at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia.

They rebounded from a 1–4 start to end the season 8–5 and captured a share of the Big East Conference Championship, the school's first since 1993. The team earned a trip to the 2004 Gator Bowl, where they lost a rematch to the rival Maryland Terrapins 41–7.

2004 Boston College Eagles football team

The 2004 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. Boston College was a member of the Big East Conference. The Eagles played their home games in 2004 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, which has been their home stadium since 1957.

2004 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

The 2004 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. Pittsburgh won a share of The Big East Conference championship and were awarded with a BCS berth to the 2005 Fiesta Bowl.

2004 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

The 2004 West Virginia Mountaineers football team completed the regular season with an 8–4 (4–2 conference record) and traveled to the Gator Bowl, where they lost to the Florida State Seminoles 30–18. The Mountaineers began the season ranked #10, but ended disappointedly by losing the last three games of the season.

2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

The 2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team, coached by Brian Kelly, played its homes game in Nippert Stadium. Kelly was in his second full season with the Bearcats after coaching them to a 31–21 win against Southern Miss in the 2007 PapaJohns.com Bowl. On Friday, November 28, 2008, the Bearcats clinched a share of the Big East Conference title for the first time since joining the Big East in 2005. With a victory over Syracuse on November 29, 2008 the Bearcats became the outright football champions of the Big East and set a record with an average attendance of 31,964. After a disappointing loss to Virginia Tech in the 2009 Orange Bowl, the Bearcats finished 17th in the AP Top 25 for the second consecutive year.

2009 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

The 2009 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team, coached by Brian Kelly, played its home games in Nippert Stadium.

The 2009 season was arguably the best in Cincinnati's 125-year football history. The Bearcats won a school-record 12 games and finished the regular season fourth in both major media polls, their highest ranking ever. They won their second consecutive Big East Conference championship and played in their second consecutive Bowl Championship Series game, the Sugar Bowl vs Florida. It was also the second BCS bowl appearance in school history.

The Bearcats finished third in the 2009 Bowl Championship Series rankings. The Bearcats became the first team from a BCS conference to finish the regular season unbeaten and be left out of the BCS Championship Game since Auburn in 2004. However, had Texas lost the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game, the Bearcats would have had a realistic shot at playing in the BCS National Championship Game, since they would have been one of only two undefeated teams left from an AQ conference.

Head coach Brian Kelly resigned at the end of the regular season to take the head coaching job at Notre Dame. Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn coached the Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl. Butch Jones began coaching the team in 2010.

The Bearcats were defeated by Florida 51–24 in the Sugar Bowl to end their undefeated season.

2010–13 Big East Conference realignment

The 2010–13 Big East Conference realignment refers to the Big East Conference dealing with several proposed and actual conference expansion and reduction plans among various NCAA conferences and institutions. Following on the 2005 NCAA conference realignment, resulting in the move of 23 teams across various conferences after an initial raid of three Big East teams, the Big East was severely impacted in the follow-up 2010–2014 NCAA conference realignment. Beginning in the 2010–11 academic year and continuing into 2013, 13 Big East schools announced their departure for other conferences and 13 other schools announced plans to join the conference (eight as all-sports members, and five for football only), but three of the latter group later backed out of their plans to join (one for all sports, and the other two for football only). Most notably, the seven schools that did not sponsor football in Division I FBS announced in December 2012 that they would leave as a group, which led to a formal split of the conference effective in July 2013.

In the end, the "Big East" name, history, and contract to the Big East Tournament location rights at Madison Square Garden were exchanged for almost the entire balance of over $110 million left in the NCAA National Tournament prize pool accumulated by the Big East in prior years. The FBS schools retained the charter of the original 1979–2012 Big East Conference, starting the 2013 academic year under the new name of American Athletic Conference.

2011 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

The 2011 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bearcats were led by second year head coach Butch Jones and played their home games at Nippert Stadium and two conference games at Paul Brown Stadium. They are a member of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 5–2 in Big East play to share the conference championship with Louisville and West Virginia. Despite the conference title, which was their third in the last four years, they did not receive the conference's automatic bid into a BCS game (West Virginia received the bid based on BCS rankings). They were invited to the Liberty Bowl where they defeated Vanderbilt 31–24.

2012 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team

The 2012 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team represented Rutgers University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Scarlet Knights played their home games at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, NJ as a member of the Big East Conference. This was the first season with Kyle Flood as the head coach, as former head coach Greg Schiano accepted the head coaching position for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They finished the season 9–4, 5–2 in Big East play to win the school's first ever Big East Conference football championship, sharing the conference title with Cincinnati, Louisville, and Syracuse. They were invited to the Russell Athletic Bowl where they were defeated by Virginia Tech in overtime.

American Athletic Conference

The American Athletic Conference (The American, or AAC), is an American collegiate athletic conference, featuring 12 member universities and six associate member universities that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Member universities represent a range of private and public universities of various enrollment sizes located primarily in urban metropolitan areas in the Northeastern, Midwestern, and Southern regions of the United States.The American's legal predecessor, the original Big East Conference, was considered one of the six collegiate power conferences of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era in college football, and The American inherited that status in the BCS's final season. With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, The American became a "Group of Five" conference, which shares one automatic spot in the New Year's Six bowl games.The league is the product of substantial turmoil in the old Big East during the 2010–14 conference realignment period. It is one of two conferences to emerge from the all-sports Big East in 2013. While the other successor, which does not sponsor football, purchased the Big East Conference name, The American inherited the old Big East's structure and is that conference's legal successor. However, both conferences claim 1979 as their founding date, and the same history up to 2013. The American is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, and led by Commissioner Michael Aresco.

Big East Conference (1979–2013)

The Big East Conference was a collegiate athletics conference that consisted of as many as 16 universities in the eastern half of the United States from 1979 to 2013. The conference's members participated in 24 NCAA sports. The conference had a history of success at the national level in basketball throughout its history, while its shorter (1991 to 2013) football program, created by inviting one college and four other "associate members" (their football programs only) into the conference, resulted in two national championships.

In basketball, Big East teams made 18 Final Four appearances and won seven NCAA Championships (UConn with three, Villanova, Georgetown, Syracuse, and Louisville with one each). Of the Big East's full members, all but South Florida attended the Final Four, the most of any conference, though Marquette, DePaul, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh made all their trips before joining the Big East. In 2011, the Big East set the record for the most teams sent to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship by a single conference with eleven out of their sixteen teams qualifying.

In football, the Big East entered competition as a conference in 1991, after inviting five football colleges to become members of the Big East, joining three teams from the Big East whose football teams were competing as Division I independents (Boston College, Pittsburgh and Syracuse) to form a new Division I football league. The strength of this league earned the Big East an automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series, when that series was created in 1998. The Big East won two national football championships, both by University of Miami. Between 2005 and 2012, four of the more successful football schools left the Big East for other conferences, starting a process that led to a complete realignment of the Big East in 2013.

On July 1, 2013, the non-football playing schools (also known collectively as the secular Catholic 7) formed a non-football playing conference that retains the Big East Conference name. The remaining six football-playing members, three of whom had only joined the Big East in 2005 when the earlier exodus had started, joined with four schools from other conferences to become the American Athletic Conference (The American), which is the Big East's legal successor. The American retains the Big East's football structure and inherited its single automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series. However, both conferences claim 1979 as their founding date, and the same history up to 2013.

Big East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

The Big East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year award is given to the men's basketball player in the Big East Conference voted as the top performer by the conference coaches. It was first awarded at the end of the league's inaugural season of 1979–80.

The head coaches of the league's teams (currently 10) submit their votes following the end of the regular season and before the conference's tournament in early March. The coaches cannot vote for their own players.The award was introduced following the conference's first season in 1980, in which it was presented to John Duren of Georgetown. Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), Richard Hamilton (Connecticut), Troy Bell (Boston College), Troy Murphy (Notre Dame) and Kris Dunn (Providence) each won the award twice, and Chris Mullin (St. John's) won three consecutive times from 1983 through 1985. Three award winners have been inducted as players to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Ewing, who shared the award in 1984 and 1985 with Mullin, was inducted in 2008 after playing 17 years in the National Basketball Association between 1985 and 2002. Mullin followed in 2011 after a 16-year NBA career (1985–2001). Most recently, Georgetown's 1992 Player of the Year Alonzo Mourning entered the Hall in 2014 following a 16-year NBA career (1992–2008). There have been seven ties; the most recent instance was that between Dunn and Ryan Arcidiacono of Villanova in 2015.Seven players have been awarded a major national player of the year award in the same year that they received a Big East Player of the Year award. In 1985, Ewing and Mullin shared the conference award, while Ewing was named Naismith College Player of the Year and Mullin was given the John R. Wooden Award. The following year, Walter Berry of St. John's received the Wooden Award and the Big East Player of the Year award. In 1996, Ray Allen of Connecticut received the conference award and was also the final recipient of the UPI Player of the Year Award. In 2004, Connecticut's Emeka Okafor won the conference award while sharing NABC Player of the Year honors with Jameer Nelson of Saint Joseph's. Creighton's Doug McDermott received all major national awards along with the conference award in 2014. Finally, Villanova's Jalen Brunson was the national player of the year as well in 2018. Georgetown has had the most winners, with eight. The only current Big East members without a winner are Butler and Xavier, both of which joined the conference at its relaunch following its 2013 split into two leagues, and DePaul, members since 2005.

Big East Conference football individual awards

The Big East Conference gave five football awards at the conclusion of every season. The awards were first given in 1991 following the conference's first football season, and last given in 2012 before the conference was restructured as the American Athletic Conference. The five awards included Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year. Recipients were selected by the votes of the conference's eight head coaches.Award recipients included Heisman Trophy winners, NFL first-round draft picks, and NFL All-Star selections. The Miami Hurricanes were the most successful team through the school's tenure with the conference from 1991 to 2004, winning six awards for offensive players, seven for defense, four for special teams, three for Rookie of the Year, and six for Coach of the Year. Every conference member received at least two awards.

Donovan McNabb of Syracuse is the only player to win more than two awards; he was named Rookie of the Year in 1995 and Offensive Player of the Year in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech, Dennis Erickson of Miami, and Brian Kelly of Cincinnati were each Coach of the Year three times.

Dave Gavitt

David Roy Gavitt (October 26, 1937 – September 16, 2011) was an American college basketball coach and athletic director at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. He was also well known as the first commissioner of the Big East Conference and as part of the committee which created the 1992 Olympic basketball "Dream Team".

ESPN Events

ESPN Events is an American sporting event promoter owned by ESPN Inc. It is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and shares its operations with SEC Network and formerly with ESPNU. The corporation organizes sporting events for broadcast across the ESPN family of networks, including, most prominently, a group of college football bowl games and in-season college basketball tournaments.

ESPN Events previously operated primarily as a syndicator of college sports broadcasts; the company was founded as Creative Sports, a sports programming syndicator that merged with Don Ohlmeyer's OCC Sports in 1996. After ESPN purchased the merged company, the division was renamed ESPN Regional Television (ERT), which distributed telecasts for syndication on broadcast stations and regional sports networks; these telecasts were also available on the ESPN GamePlan and ESPN Full Court out-of-market sports packages. Most of ERT's broadcasts were presented under the on-air branding ESPN Plus, but this name was later phased out in favor of dedicated on-air brands for each package, such as SEC Network (not to be confused with the current SEC Network cable channel).

Following its acquisition of the Las Vegas Bowl in 2001, ERT began to double as an organizer of sporting events. The subdivision, which later began to operate under the name ESPN Events, would acquire and establish other bowl games to provide additional post-season opportunities for bowl-eligible teams (and in turn, additional content for ESPN's networks). ESPN Events also organizes several pre-season tournaments in college basketball, as well as the season-opening Camping World Kickoff and Texas Kickoff football games.ESPN Regional Television began to wind down its syndication operations in the 2010s, as the proliferation of competing outlets (including other sports channels, conference-specific networks such as ESPN's own SEC Network, as well as digital services such as ESPN's own ESPN3 and WatchESPN platforms) took over most of the conference rights and overflow formerly held by the company.

Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball

The Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball program represents Georgetown University in NCAA Division I men’s intercollegiate basketball and the Big East Conference. Georgetown has competed in men’s college basketball since 1907. The current head coach of the program is Patrick Ewing.

Georgetown won the National Championship in 1984 and has made the Final Four on five occasions. They have won the Big East Conference Tournament a record seven times, and have also won or shared the Big East regular season title ten times. They have appeared in the NCAA Tournament thirty times and in the National Invitation Tournament thirteen times.

The Hoyas historically have been well regarded not only for their team success, but also for generating players that have succeeded both on and off the court, producing NBA legends such as Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, and Allen Iverson, as well as United States Congressman Henry Hyde and former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Providence College

Providence College (Providence or PC) is a private Roman Catholic university in Providence, Rhode Island. With a 2012–2013 enrollment of 3,852 undergraduate students and 735 graduate students, the college specializes in academic programs in the liberal arts. It is the only college or university in North America administered by the Dominican Friars.Founded in 1917, the college offers 49 majors and 34 minors and, beginning with the class of 2016, requires all its students to complete 16 credits in the Development of Western Civilization, which serves as a major part of the college's core curriculum (down from 20 credits previously). Fr. Brian Shanley has been the school's president since 2005.In athletics, Providence College competes in the NCAA's Division I and is a founding member of the original Big East Conference and Hockey East. In December 2012, the college announced it and six other Catholic colleges would leave the original Big East Conference (which became the American Athletic Conference) to form a new basketball-centric Big East Conference.

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