Big East Conference

The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of sixteen universities in the eastern half of the United States. The conference's 17 members (15 full-time and 2 associate member) participate in 24 NCAA sports. Eight of the seventeen conference schools are football members and the Big East competes as a BCS conference in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the top level of NCAA competition in that sport (also known by its former designation: Division I-A). Three members have football programs but are not Big East football schools: Georgetown and Villanova compete in the Football Championship Subdivision and Notre Dame plays as an FBS independent. The other five schools—Seton Hall, St. John's, DePaul, Marquette, and Providence—discontinued their football programs.

In football, the Big East has had all eight members play in bowl games since the 2005 realignment and has had seven of eight teams ranked in the Top 25 since 2003. In that time, the Big East has seen the emergence of new national players with West Virginia rising to as high as No. 1 and was ranked in the Top 10 for three-straight years (2005, 2006, 2007), South Florida rising as high as No. 2, Cincinnati and Louisville both as high as No. 3, Rutgers as high as No. 7, Pittsburgh as high as No. 9, and Connecticut as high as No. 13 in BCS standings. Also, Big East football has seen an increase in attendance and is enjoying a new, $250 million plus television package that lasts through 2013.

In basketball, Big East teams have made 16 Final Four appearances and won six NCAA Championships (UConn with three, Villanova, Georgetown, and Syracuse with one each). Of the Big East's 16 full members, all but South Florida have been to the Final Four, the most of any conference, though Marquette, DePaul, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh made all their trips before joining the Big East. In 2011, the Big East set the record for the most teams sent to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship by a single conference with eleven out of their sixteen teams qualifying.

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Big East Conference - Facilities
... John's men generally play their Big East home schedule in Madison Square Garden and their non-conference home schedule on campus at Carnesecca Arena ... John's played only one non-conference game at MSG and one Big East game on campus ... for that sub-region – the Atlantic 10 Conference was) ...
South Florida Bulls - Varsity Sports - Football
... college football play as a 1-AA independent in 1997, moved to 1-A in 2001, then to Conference USA in 2003, and now competes in the Big East conference (as of 2005) with its Bowl Championship Series (BCS) tie-ins ... Additionally, USF's rapid advancement to the Big East Conference and the associated gains in recruiting have been helped greatly by its facilities ... University of Louisville for its first victory over a Big East conference foe, as well as its first victory over a ranked opponent ...
Scoonie Penn - Awards and Accomplishments
... College 1995-96 Big East Conference Rookie of the Year, First Team All-Big East Conference member. 1996-97 First Team All-Big East Conference ... Conference's Tournament Championship winner (MVP) ...
Middle East
... The Middle East (Arabic الشرق الأوسط, alshrq alāwsṭ Armenian Միջին Արևելք, Merdzavor Arevelk’ Azerbaijani Orta Şərq French Moyen-Orient Georgia ... The term is considered to be Eurocentric and used as a synonym for Near East, in opposition to Far East ... The largest ethnic group in the middle east are Arabs ...
St. John's Red Storm
... John's 16 NCAA Division I teams compete in the Big East Conference, with the exception of the fencing team, which compete in the ECAC. 7") announced that they were departing the Big East for a new conference ... The "Catholic 7", after purchasing the "Big East" name from the FBS schools and adding Butler, Creighton, and Xavier, will operate as a new Big East Conference beginning in July ...

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