Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Meet the new Big East


Starting in 2005-06, this is how the Big East will look.

Football schools
Cincinnati
Louisville
Pittsburgh
Rutgers
South Florida
Syracuse
Connecticut
West Virginia
Non-football schools
DePaul
Georgetown
Marquette
Notre Dame
Providence
St. John's
Seton Hall
Villanova

Connecticut Huskies

Location: Storrs, Conn.

Basketball: Won 1999 national championship. Jim Calhoun has been coach since 1986. The school's greatest player: Richard Hamilton, the No. 2 all-time scorer.

Football: A Division I-A team for the first time in 2000. Recently built a 40,000-seat, $91.2 million stadium.

Noteworthy: Women's basketball is among best in nation and has won four NCAA titles under coach Geno Auriemma. Top players: Rebecca Lobo, Sue Bird and Kara Wolters.

DePaul Blue Demons

Location: Chicago.

Basketball: Advanced to NCAA Final Four in 1943 and '79. Won NIT championship in '45. Legendary Ray Meyer was head coach from 1942-84. All-time leading scorers are Mark Aguirre (1978-81) and David Booth (1988-92).

Football: Last season played was 1943.

Noteworthy: Women's softball team has finished in Top 25 nine consecutive years and finished third in NCAA in 1999 and eighth in 2000. ... Women's basketball team has earned NCAA berths seven times since 1990.

Georgetown Hoyas

Location: Washington, D.C.

Basketball: Won 1984 NCAA title with Patrick Ewing and was runner-up in 1982 and '85. All-time greats include eatest players in school history include Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Allen Iverson.

Football: Division III from 1970-93, then moved up to I-AA. Joined Patriot League after being in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Noteworthy: Track and field has produced 20 national champions.

Louisville Cardinals

Location: Louisville.

Basketball: Won NCAA titles in 1980 and '86 and advanced to Final Four in 1959, '72, '75, '82 and '83. Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum replaced in 2000 by Rick Pitino. Wes Unseld (1965-68) is a Basketball Hall of Famer.

Football: Been to nine bowl games, including five in a row from 1998-2002. Noteworthy: Four current men's golfers qualified for the 2003 U.S. Amateur Open. ... Volleyball team has been to the NCAA Tournament 12 of the past 13 years, advancing to the Sweet 16 three times.

Marquette Golden Eagles

Location: Milwaukee.

Basketball: Won 1977 NCAA title under coach Al McGuire. NCAA runner-up in '74. Advanced to 2003 Final Four. Won 1970 NIT. All-time leading scorer: George Thompson (1966-69).

Football: Program was eliminated after 1960 season. Noteworthy: Track and field team members have won 13 individual NCAA titles, most recently in 1986.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Location: Notre Dame, Ind.

Basketball: Greatest all-time player: Austin Carr (34.6 ppg career average from 1968-71). Others include Adrian Dantley, Pat Garrity and Troy Murphy. Since joining Big East in all sports but football in 1995, the Irish have returned to national prominence in basketball.

Noteworthy: ESPN analyst Digger Phelps coached at Notre Dame from 1971-91. ... Women's basketball team won 2001 NCAA title.

Pittsburgh Panthers

Location: Pittsburgh.

Football: After struggling in late 1980s and early '90s, coach Walt Harris has program winning again and ranked in Top 25. Basketball: Moved into new 12,500-seat Petersen Events Center in 2002. Program back in national spotlight in recent years under Ben Howland, who left after last season for UCLA.

Noteworthy: Wrestler Carl Fronhofer reached NCAA championship match last season.

Providence Friars

Location: Providence, R.I.

Basketball: Reached 1987 Final Four under then-coach Rick Pitino and with star player Billy Donovan, now Florida's coach. The Friars last went to the NCAA Tournament in 2001. Providence made run to the 1997 regional finals after winning Big East title. Great players in school history include Eric Murdock and Lenny Wilkens.

Noteworthy: Former Georgetown and Hall of Fame coach John Thompson played college basketball at Providence.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Location: New Brunswick, N.J.

Basketball: Earned 1976 Final Four berth. Phil Sellers is all-time leader in career points and rebounds.

Football: Played in and won first-ever college football game 6-4 over Princeton in New Brunswick on Nov. 6, 1869.

Noteworthy: Women's basketball reached 2000 Final Four. ... Actress Calista Flockhart, NBA commissioner David Stern and the late Jim Valvano are alumni.

Seton Hall Pirates

Location: South Orange, N.J.

Basketball: Has made seven NCAA and 14 NIT appearances. Reached 1989 NCAA championship game and won 1953 NIT title. Seton Hall has had 23 players drafted by NBA teams.

Football: None.

Noteworthy: Men's soccer is a perennial Top 25 program. ... Baseball players Craig Biggio and Mo Vaughn, college basketball analysts Dick Vitale and Bill Raftery, and ESPN's Bob Ley are Seton Hall alumni.

S. Florida Bulls

Location: Tampa, Fla.

Basketball: Has finished above .500 in C-USA just once in seven seasons. The school's best player is Altron Jackson (1999-2002), who holds the C-USA career scoring record with 2,017 points.

Football: Began playing in 1997. First Div. I-A win in 2000. Noteworthy: Six players have been drafted into the NFL. The most noteworthy: Arizona placekicker Bill Gramatica.

St. John's Red Storm

Location: Jamaica, N.Y.

Basketball: Won first-ever Big East Tournament championship in 1983 and reached the program's second-ever Final Four in 1985, with team led by Chris Mullin. Three-time Big East Tournament champions (1983, 1986 and 2000). Football: Eliminated in December 2000. Noteworthy: Men's soccer won 1996 NCAA title and reached 2001 Final Four. ... Fencing won 2000 national championship and finished in top five in country in last eight seasons.

Syracuse Orangemen

Location: Syracuse, N.Y.

Basketball: Won 2003 NCAA title, led by Carmelo Anthony. Jim Boeheim is in his 28th year as coach at his alma mater. The greatest player in school history: Dave Bing.

Football: 1959 national champs. Ernie Davis was first black Heisman Trophy winner. Jim Brown is in college football and lacrosse halls of fame.

Noteworthy: Syracuse has won eight lacrosse national championships.

Villanova Wildcats

Location: Philadelphia.

Basketball: The Wildcats pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history when they defeated Georgetown in the 1985 national championship game. Legendary coach Rollie Massimino coached that team and stayed at Villanova until 1992. Great players in the program's history include Kerry Kittles and Ed Pinckney.

Noteworthy: Villanova has won seven men's cross country national titles.

West Virginia Mountaineers

Location: Morgantown, W. Va.

Basketball: Finished No. 18 in 1998 and advanced to Sweet 16 after knocking off UC in the second round. Won 1942 NIT. Jerry West played at West Virginia.

Football: Been to bowl games seven of the past 10 years, including 1994 Sugar Bowl, where the Mountaineers played Florida for the national championship. Last year, WVU went 9-4 and completed the biggest turnaround in Big East history.

Noteworthy: Women's soccer is ranked in the top 10 nationally and has qualified for the NCAA Tournament three straight years.

By the numbers

1: School in the new Big East that has finished in the top 15 of the AP football poll since the BCS began in 1998. (Syracuse)

7: Members of the new Big East that have won the men's basketball NCAA Tournament title.

6: Years ago South Florida began its football program. (1997)




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