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Commish: ‘very unlikely’ America 12 will be new Big East name

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We don’t yet what the revamped Big East conference will be called, but what do know what it probably won’t.

In a radio interview earlier today, commissioner Mike Aresco told Yahoo! Sports that it’s “very unlikely” the league will take on the name “America 12.”  It was reported a week ago today that name was one was under consideration, perhaps even a front-runner.

Aresco made sure to note in a press release the next day that league officials “have not chosen a new conference name at this time and there are no favorites.”

Last week, the so-called hoops-centric Catholic 7 schools formally announced that they will be splitting with the Big East to form their own conference this July.  As part of the split, the splinter group will retain the Big East moniker.

As for when a new name for the remaining football-playing members will be in place, Aresco stated during the interview “[i]t’s not going to be a long process,”  adding that “by late winter, early spring we expect to have a name in place.”

Regardless of what’s ultimately settled on, the most nonsensical approach would be to attach a number to the name.  Fortunately, common sense appears to have prevailed on that front as Aresco stated he believes a number will not be part of the new name.

(Tip O’ the Cap: Andrea Adelson of

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6 Responses to “Commish: ‘very unlikely’ America 12 will be new Big East name”
  1. wustlumdnj says: Mar 14, 2013 6:51 PM

    “by late winter”

    Hmmm….winter seems to be ending in 5 days…

  2. thefiesty1 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:17 PM

    Late winter or early spring, Next Year? What’s the hold up? They could just take over Conf USA since they’ve already raided them to have some sort of the existence of a league. Just keep the Little Nobody Cares Conference.

  3. sanduskyshowerboy says: Mar 15, 2013 8:19 AM

    so what you’re saying is the big east hates america

  4. tuscaloosaguy says: Mar 15, 2013 4:12 PM

    Will be the “Little Least” in disguise.

  5. 4thqtrsaint says: Mar 15, 2013 11:05 PM

    Why even have “Big” in the name? Big East, Big 10, Big 12… It’s like they have “Little Conference” syndrome.

  6. scoocha says: Mar 16, 2013 12:31 PM

    Man, this Aresco guy is so in over his head. I feel like he’s in damage control every week over some issue.

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