Category Archives: Big East


Notre Dame Will Join Atlantic Coast Conference

Notre Dame announced on Wednesday that it planned to move to the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports but football, shoring up the ACC and raising new questions about the Big East’s future.

The Irish—who will join the ACC as soon as they can exit the Big East, reports’s Brett McMurphy–follows five former Big East institutions that have left for the ACC in recent years: Boston College, Miami, Pitt, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech.

The deal calls for Notre Dame to play five football games…


What’s Behind UConn’s APR Turnaround?

The Connecticut men’s basketball team was the only major-conference program to draw a postseason ban as part of the stricter new NCAA academic-progress penalties announced on Wednesday. Because of a series of low APR scores in recent years, the Huskies, who won the national title in 2011, must sit out next year’s NCAA tournament.

Three years ago, UConn had an Academic Progress Rate of 826 out of a possible 1,000. The following year, 2010-11, the Huskies posted a 978. This year’s number isn’t ava…


U. of Memphis to Revisit Athlete Admissions Policies in Response to Article

The University of Memphis plans to revisit its admissions policies for athletes in response to a recent Chronicle article detailing the academic path of a fifth-year senior who started college with severe reading challenges.

Shirley Raines, the university’s president, has established a committee of faculty members to design a study that will evaluate the current admissions and evaluation process, she told the Commercial Appeal, a local newspaper.

Raines wants to make sure the university is on tr…


Dasmine Cathey Reflects on His Moment in the Spotlight

“The Education of Dasmine Cathey”—a recent Chronicle story about a fifth-year senior at the University of Memphis who started college with severe reading challenges and is just a few credits away from a degree—stirred up strong feelings on many issues. Among them were questions about the shortcomings of elementary and secondary education, access to college, academic rigor, and the role of counselors in helping the least-prepared students.

I heard feedback on the article from many of those counse…


Does Switching Athletics Conferences Lead to Academic Gains?

Colleges change their athletic-conference affiliation for all sorts of reasons, but it’s mostly to make more TV money and move up the perceived ladder of prestige. It’s rare to hear anyone talk about the academic impact.

But switching leagues, it turns out, often enhances an institution’s ability to attract and retain high-quality students. Those are among the findings from a paper to be presented on Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Association for Institutional Research.

In fact, many of th…


Big East Commissioner Departs, Shaking Conference Landscape

Lot of good coverage today about the departure of Big East commissioner John Marinatto, which the league announced Monday.

The conference’s crucial mistake with Marinatto came in looking to the past for a vision of the future, writes’s Dana O’Neil. “What exactly is this league? And more, what does it want to be?” she asks. “Right now it is nothing but an amoebic blob. Big? Yes. East? No. Relevant? Not really.”

Marinatto was pushed out because he was powerless to stop the growing gap bet…


BCS Changes Could Threaten Conference Shakeups

As leaders of the Bowl Championship Series inched closer toward establishing a playoff for college football, they made another less-publicized but also significant move this week, scrapping the controversial automatic entry that wealthy conferences get into the most lucrative bowls. That change has the potential to affect recent shifts in conference alignment.

According to ESPN, BCS commissioners and athletic directors have agreed to eliminate the practice of designating conferences as “AQ” and “…