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Big East Commissioner John Marinatto Resigns, According To Report

The Big East is in a time of turmoil, and they just lost their leader as well. Conference commissioner John Marinatto has reportedly resigned.

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The Big East Conference lost it's Commissioner on Monday as John Marinatto decided to resign from the position. This is an abnormal time of flux for the Conference as some of the bigger names have been leaving the conference while they have scrambled to replace them with some other options. Our Big East Coast Bias blog has some more information on why this is such a bad time for the Conference to be without a commissioner.

This is a particularly difficult time for the Big East to be looking for a commissioner as current BCS conference presidents are meeting in June to hammer out the final details of a new postseason format. Next year, the Big East will attempt to negotiate a new television contract. Now, apparently, it will do so with a new commissioner. The next commissioner, clearly, will have his or her hands full trying to negotiate a new television deal and fend off further attempts by other conferences to poach schools (Louisville, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Notre Dame, and UConn have all been rumored to be targets of other conferences to one degree or another).

This was already a difficult time for the Conference, being without a leader is only going to make it harder. The Conference must now work hard to find a permanent leader and get him acclimated to the Schools' needs before the big meetings in june.

For more on this story and how it relates to the South Florida Bulls, please head over to Voodoo Five. You can also check out the aforementioned Big East Coast Bias for more on this story.

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