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.

2017 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 Tournament Champions[edit]

Players of the Year[edit]

Sources: Big East Conference correspondence, Wikipedia