Big East completes football-basketball breakup

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Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 12:00 am

The Big East has reached an agreement with seven departing basketball members that will allow them to separate from the football schools and create their own conference on July 1.

Commissioner Mike Aresco told The Associated Press on Friday the seven Catholic schools that are leaving to form a basketball-centric conference will get the Big East name, along with the opportunity to play their league tournament in Madison Square Garden.

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