Big East Conference

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The Big East Conference was founded in 1979 when Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, and Syracuse invited Seton Hall, Connecticut, and Boston College to form an athletic conference primarily focused on basketball. Five of the founding seven schools are Catholic schools (Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, Seton Hall, and Boston College). With the additions of Notre Dame and Villanova a few years later, and the 2005 additions of Marquette and DePaul, the Big East represents the majority of the large, athletically competitive Catholic schools (Boston College has since left).

Penn State applied for admission into the Big East in 1982, but was rejected by one vote. This vote led Penn State to cancel its rivalry game with Syracuse and forced the conference to turn to Miami in 1991 to start up a football conference. Miami did not play a Big East schedule until 1993, after they had already won four national football championships. Temple (football only), Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Rutgers were added at this time, with Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Rutgers later becoming full conference members. In 2010, Texas Christian was added, bringing the conference well beyond its original geographic confines. The next year, TCU reversed course and instead joined the Big 12 Conference, effectively replacing Texas A&M University in that conference.

On September 18, 2011 it was announced that the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University had been admitted to the Atlantic Coast Conference [1]. It was also reported that the University of Connecticut showed strong interest in making the same switch [2]. Rutgers University was also a rumored candidate to the conference and move to the ACC, but ended up moving to the Big 10 Conference in 2014-2015. The University of Louisville followed Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC, effective in 2014-2015.

On July 1, 2013, the seven catholic schools in the conference, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, St. John's University, Seton Hall University, Villanova University, and Providence College (collectively known as the Catholic 7) will form a new non-football conference, to be known as the Big East Conference. Butler University, Creighton University, and Xavier University will also be joining the newly formed conference on July 1. The remaining schools will join with 4 schools from Conference USA (University of Memphis, University of Houston, Southern Methodist University, and University of Central Florida) to form the American Athletic Conference. 3 more C-USA schools (Tulane University, East Carolina University, University of Tulsa) will join in 2014. Even though the Big East name will go with the Catholic 7, the AAC will be the successor to the old Big East and will retain all postseason automatic bids and tie-ins.


The Big East began sponsoring a championship in baseball in 1985.

2020 Conference Members & First Year of Baseball*[edit]

Providence College, Marquette University and DePaul University do not support baseball.

* Technically, the conference's history starts in 2013-2014 and the old Big East history goes with the American Athletic Conference

Former Members[edit]

Conference Baseball Champions[edit]

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion
1985 University of Connecticut (North)
Seton Hall University (South)
St. John's University
1986 Providence College (North)
Seton Hall University (South)
St. John's University
1987 St. John's University (North)
Seton Hall University (South)
Seton Hall University
1988 Providence College (North)
Villanova University (South)
St. John's University
1989 Providence College (North)
Seton Hall University (South)
Villanova University
1990 Seton Hall University University of Connecticut
1991 St. John's University Villanova University
1992 St. John's University Providence College
1993 Villanova University St. John's University
1994 University of Pittsburgh University of Connecticut
1995 Providence College University of Pittsburgh
1996 West Virginia University (Amer.)
Providence College (Amer.)
Villanova University (Nat.)
West Virginia University
1997 West Virginia University (Amer.)
University of Notre Dame (Nat.)
St. John's University
1998 Rutgers University Rutgers University
1999 University of Notre Dame Providence College
2000 Rutgers University Rutgers University
2001 University of Notre Dame Seton Hall University
2002 University of Notre Dame
Virginia Tech
University of Notre Dame
2003 Rutgers University University of Notre Dame
2004 University of Notre Dame University of Notre Dame
2005 St. John's University University of Notre Dame
2006 University of Notre Dame University of Notre Dame
2007 St. John's University
Rutgers University
Rutgers University
2008 St. John's University University of Louisville
2009 University of Louisville University of Louisville
2010 University of Louisville University of Louisville
2011 University of Connecticut Seton Hall University
2012 University of Louisville
St. John's University
St. John's University
2013 University of Louisville University of Connecticut
2014 Creighton University Xavier University
2015 St. John's University St. John's University
2016 Xavier University Xavier University
2017 Creighton University Xavier University
2018 St. John's University St. John's University
2019 Creighton University Creighton University

Players of the Year[edit]


Sources: Big East Conference correspondence, Wikipedia