Georgetown, Marquette, DePaul, Providence, St John's, Seton Hall and Villanova are leaving and have informed the conference.
COMMENT FROM COMMISSIONER MICHAEL ARESCO
AND THE BIG EAST PRESIDENTS
“The basketball institutions have notified us that they plan to withdraw from the BIG EAST Conference. The membership recognizes their contributions over the long distinguished history of the BIG EAST. The 13 members of the Conference are confident and united regarding our collective future. We have a strong Conference with respected national universities, and are working together to forge the future. We have a variety of options, and are looking forward with great partnership, collegiality and optimism.”
Here is a news release from UConn President Susan Herbst:
A Statement From University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst
"The tragedy that took place in Newtown on Friday should be the focus of the thoughts of the people in Connecticut and all Husky fans this weekend.
"The University of Connecticut believes that the BIG EAST Conference will continue to be a strong and exciting conference that is comprised of highly-regarded national universities.
"We ask our fans to steer all passion and concern to Newtown, and we will honor those lost when we gather together as a university community for events this upcoming week."