Big East: How Creighton made it to the big time
Creighton University's campaign to join the Big East felt like a long shot to many, including the school's athletic director, but persistence, top-flight facilities and recent academic and athletic successes helped the school's leaders convince the new conference that it deserved a place at the table.
Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:00 am
In a well-appointed meeting room on Marquette University's campus, the school's president on Dec. 5 huddled with his board of directors and told of the seismic changes coming in athletics.
Long frustrated that the Big East Conference had become consumed with football, Marquette and six other Catholic schools were quietly laying a plan to strike out on their own, wanting to get back to the league's basketball roots. It was all moving quickly, the Rev. Scott Pilarz told the board — in fact the schools would announce their plans to the world just 10 days later.
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