Bruce Rasmussen's daughter was quizzing her dad about Creighton's possible involvement with the seven Catholic basketball schools that are leaving the Big East Conference.
Why can't Creighton, Katy Rasmussen asked, just leave the Missouri Valley and hook up with the other schools?
The Creighton athletic director decided to answer her question in a way in which Katy, a high school junior, could relate.
“Let's go shopping for a prom dress,” Rasmussen told his daughter.
Her reply was why in the world would they do that?
“I haven't been invited to the prom yet,” she said.
Exactly, Rasmussen replied.
Contrary to what all of those “reliable sources” have been telling folks in Internet chat rooms and message boards the past three weeks, no one has invited Creighton to the prom quite yet.
That doesn't mean it won't happen. Given the unpredictability that has become the norm in the wild world of conference realignment, it might happen today.
But it hasn't happened yet, Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen and the Rev. Timothy Lannon, Creighton's president, have had little comment about the school's possible interest in becoming a part of a new conference that would include the so-called Catholic Seven — Georgetown, St. John's, Providence, DePaul, Marquette, Villanova and Seton Hall — as well as other universities.
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Their silence is understandable, as it's difficult to comment on a hypothetical.
Creighton has been linked to the speculation about the possible make-up of the new conference. So have Butler, Xavier, Saint Louis, Dayton, Gonzaga and a number of other schools.
Virginia Commonwealth has also been thrown into the mix, according to a Wednesday report on SportsIllustrated.com. Citing unnamed sources, SI.com reported that talk about VCU has intensified in recent weeks.
According to SI.com, representatives from Fox television and the seven Catholic schools met in New York City on Wednesday. The report said Fox has been considered a leader to televise the new league for weeks, but since the league lacks a commissioner and a set lineup of schools, it's unlikely a deal will be announced soon.
Since it was first reported Dec. 13 that the seven schools were leaving the Big East, Rasmussen's stance has been that the process of establishing a new conference will take time. The seven schools have to address a number of major housekeeping items, one of which is securing a television contract.
Wednesday's meeting between Fox and the legal firm representing the seven schools was seen as a major step, but many still remain.
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