The Big East Conference (stylized as BIG EAST) is a collegiate athletic conference that competes in NCAA Division I in all sports except football, which is not sponsored. The conference has been officially recognized as a Division I multi-sport conference, effective on August 1, 2013.[1] The conference was originally founded by Dave Gavitt on May 31, 1979.[2]

Big East Conference
Big East
Big East Conference logo
EstablishedMay 31, 1979
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I (Non-Football)
Members10 (All-Sports Members)
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 12
RegionNortheastern and Midwestern United States
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
CommissionerVal Ackerman (since 2013)
Websitebigeast.com
Locations
Big East Conference locations

Its nucleus is composed of the "Catholic Seven" members of the original Big East Conference: DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, Seton Hall University, St. John's University, and Villanova University.[3] In December 2012, these schools chose to split from the football playing schools in order to focus on basketball, and in March 2013 reached a settlement, whereby they acquired the Big East Conference name, logos, history, and the rights to the men's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. Butler University, Creighton University, and Xavier University also joined the conference on its July 1, 2013 launch date.[4] The conference also entered into a 12-year, $500 million television contract with Fox Sports, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), Fox Sports 2 (FS2), and Fox Sports Networks (FSN) [5] and a 6-year television contract with CBS and CBS Sports Network (CBSSN).[6] On June 24, 2019 the member schools of the Big East voted 10-0 to extend an invitation to the University of Connecticut (UConn) to "rejoin" the conference, which was accepted two days later.[7]

The football-playing members of the old Big East, along with several other schools, formed the American Athletic Conference, which retains the old Big East's charter and structure. However, both conferences claim 1979 as their founding date.[8][9] As part of the separation agreement, the basketball schools were able to retain the basketball records while the football schools retained the football records respectively.[10]

Val Ackerman, former WNBA president, has been commissioner since June 26, 2013. On the same day Ackerman was named as commissioner, it announced that that the league would be headquartered in New York City.[11][12][13] None of the conference's current members sponsor varsity football in the top-level Division I FBS. Georgetown, Villanova, and Butler do operate football programs in the second-level Division I FCS, though only Villanova offers scholarships to its players. Upon its arrival, UConn is expected to become the current Big East's first member with FBS-level football.

HistoryEdit

The original Big EastEdit

The original Big East Conference was founded in 1979, when Providence College basketball coach Dave Gavitt spearheaded an effort to assemble an east coast basketball-centric collegiate athletic conference.[14] The core of the Big East formed when Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, and Syracuse invited Seton Hall, Connecticut (UConn), Holy Cross, Rutgers, and Boston College (BC). Holy Cross turned down the invitation, as did Rutgers initially, while BC, Seton Hall, and UConn accepted.[15][16][17] Gavitt became the Big East's first commissioner, and Villanova and Pittsburgh joined the conference shortly thereafter.[18][19][20] PR firm Duffy & Shanley is credited with the initial branding and naming work for the conference.[21] The "high point" of the original conference is widely considered to be the 1985 NCAA tournament, in which Georgetown, St. Johns, and Villanova all made the Final Four, and Villanova defeated Georgetown to win the national championship.

The conference remained largely unchanged until 1991, when it began to sponsor football, adding Miami as a full member, and Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia as football-only members.[22] Rutgers and West Virginia upgraded to full Big East membership in 1995, while Virginia Tech did the same in 2000. Notre Dame also joined as a non-football member effective in 1995. Temple football was kicked out after the 2004 season due to what was deemed by the other football-playing members a failure to make a strong effort to field a competitive team, but rejoined in 2012 after seriously upgrading its football program and intended to become a full Big East member in 2013.

The unusual structure of the Big East, with the "football" and "non-football" schools, led to instability in the conference.[23] The waves of defection and replacement brought about by the conference realignments of 2005 and the early 2010s revealed tension between the football-sponsoring and non-football schools that eventually led to the split of the conference in 2013.[24]

The conference reorganized following the tumultuous period of realignment that hobbled the Big East between 2010 and 2013. The Big East was one of the most severely impacted conferences during the most recent conference realignment period. In all, 14 member schools announced their departure for other conferences, and 15 other schools announced plans to join the conference (eight as all-sports members, and four for football only). Three of the latter group later backed out of their plans to join (one for all sports, and the other two for football only).

The present Big EastEdit

 
Locations of the Big East Conference member institutions

On December 15, 2012 the Big East's seven non-FBS schools (all Catholic institutions) – DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, and Villanova – announced that they had voted unanimously to separate from the Big East football playing schools, effective June 30, 2015.[25] Among the many rumor-fueled news stories, it was reported that the so-called Catholic 7, in leaving the Big East, were looking for a more lucrative television deal than they would have received by remaining with the football schools.[26] Of more concern may have been the limited window in which these non-FBS schools would hold a voting majority in the conference—after the defection of certain FBS schools to the ACC but before the effective inclusion of candidate FBS schools to replace them—and, therefore, architect a conference future both aligned with their institutional interests and true to the basketball roots from which the Big East grew. Five of the seven schools constituted a majority of the conference during its enormously successful early years, prior to the inclusion of football as a conference sport; only one of the FBS schools that were to remain in the conference, UConn, shared this heritage. In March 2013, it was announced that the Catholic 7 were not only parting ways with the FBS schools on June 30, 2013, but that they would retain the Big East name, logos, $10 million from the old conference's treasury, and the right to hold the conference's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden.[27]

On March 14, 2013, it was reported that the Big East would be adding members in the next seven to ten days.[28] The following day, ESPN stated that the Big East would add Butler and Xavier from the Atlantic 10 Conference, as well as Creighton from the Missouri Valley Conference, with an official announcement to be forthcoming within the next week, although the institutions which were reportedly joining were refusing to comment.[29]

At a news conference in New York City on March 20, 2013, the reorganized league was formally introduced with Butler, Xavier, and Creighton included as members. Additional announcements included details of new contracts for television and for the use of Madison Square Garden as site of the men's basketball tournament.[4][30] It billed itself as a return to Gavitt's original vision of a strong, Northeast-based basketball conference.[9]

Field hockey and lacrosse associate membersEdit

During May 2013, the conference added several associate members in lacrosse and field hockey. The University of Denver joined the men's lacrosse league and started play in the 2014 season,[31] while Rutgers University men's lacrosse played the 2014 season in the Big East before moving to the Big Ten in 2014–15.[32] Rutgers also housed its field hockey and women's lacrosse teams in the Big East for 2013–14 before joining the Big Ten, as did Louisville in advance of its 2014 move to the ACC.

The 2013–14 school year also saw the arrival of UConn and Temple for both women's lacrosse and field hockey, Old Dominion for field hockey only, and Cincinnati for women's lacrosse only.[33]

The launch of a women's lacrosse league in the Big Ten for the 2015 season caused the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) to dissolve after the 2014 season; two Southeastern Conference teams that had been ALC members, Florida and Vanderbilt, joined the Big East as associate members in that sport.[34]

The next changes to Big East associate membership came during the 2015–16 school year. First, on December 8, 2015, the conference announced that Liberty and Quinnipiac would become associate members in field hockey effective with the 2016 season.[35] Then, on May 3, 2016, the Big East announced that Denver, already an affiliate in men's lacrosse, would move its women's lacrosse team into the league in the 2016–17 school year (2017 season).[36] In addition to the new associate members, full member Butler announced on October 21, 2015 that it would elevate its club team in women's lacrosse to full varsity status in the 2017 season and immediately begin Big East competition.[37]

Most recently, the American Athletic Conference announced on October 11, 2017 that it would begin sponsoring women's lacrosse in the 2019 season (2018–19 school year), which led to the departure of all then-current Big East women's lacrosse associates except Denver.[38] On that same date, the Big East announced that field hockey member Old Dominion would also become a Big East women's lacrosse member in the 2019 season, maintaining Big East women's lacrosse membership at 6 teams and preserving its automatic berth to the NCAA women's tournament.[39]

Addition of UConnEdit

On June 21, 2019, a Boston-area sports news website, Digital Sports Desk, revealed that UConn was expected to announce by the end of the month that it would leave The American for the Big East in 2020.[40] The story was picked up by multiple national media outlets the next day. The main issue that reportedly had to be resolved prior to any official announcement was the future of UConn football, as the Big East does not sponsor that sport, and sources indicated that The American had no interest in retaining UConn as a football-only member. Reportedly, American Conference insiders were not surprised by UConn's prospective move, as that school had been vigorously opposed to that league's most recently announced television deal.[41][42] On June 24, 2019, it was reported that the Big East had formally approved an invitation for UConn to join the conference.[43] On June 26, 2019, the UConn Board of Trustees accepted the invitation; the official announcement did not specify a joining date, but it was expected that the Huskies would join for the 2020–21 school year.[44] On July 26, media reports indicated that UConn and The American had reached a buyout agreement that confirmed UConn's Big East arrival date as July 1, 2020. At the time the buyout agreement was reported, UConn announced that its football team would become an FBS independent upon its arrival in the Big East.[45]

Although many outlets reported that the Huskies were "rejoining" the Big East, as mentioned above The American is the legal successor to the old Big East. Indeed, the Huskies were the only charter member of the old Big East still playing in The American. The only sport in which the Huskies will actually rejoin the Big East is women's lacrosse; they competed in the first five Big East women's lacrosse seasons (2014–2018) before The American launched a women's lacrosse league in the 2019 season (2018–19 school year).

Member schoolsEdit

Charter membersEdit

All full members of the Big East are private institutions, and all are Catholic except for Butler (which is nonsectarian though founded by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Upon arrival, UConn will become the first public institution to be a full conference member.

Institution Location Founded Endowment Enrollment Nickname Colors
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 1855 $174,000,000 4,848 Bulldogs          
Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska 1878 $568,800,000 8,236 Bluejays          
DePaul University Chicago, Illinois 1898 $595,800,000 23,799 Blue Demons          
Georgetown University Washington, D.C. 1789 $1,770,000,000 17,858 Hoyas          
Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1881 $550,000,000 11,745 Golden Eagles          
Providence College Providence, Rhode Island 1917 $213,000,000 4,533 Friars               
St. John's University Queens, New York 1870 $648,000,000 20,448 Red Storm          
Seton Hall University South Orange, New Jersey 1856 $243,000,000 9,627 Pirates          
Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 $715,000,000 11,023 Wildcats          
Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio 1831 $151,000,000 6,538 Musketeers               

Future membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Endowment Enrollment Nickname Colors Join date Current Conference
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881 $447,700,000 32,257 Huskies           2020 American Athletic Conference

Associate membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport(s) Primary Conference
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881 2013 32,257 Huskies           Field hockey American Athletic Conference
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 2013 (men)
2016 (women)
11,809 Pioneers           Men's lacrosse,
Women's lacrosse
Summit League
Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia 1971 2016 15,000[a] Lady Flames[b]                Field hockey ASUN Conference
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 2013 (field hockey)
2018 (women's lacrosse)
24,932 Monarchs                Field hockey
Women's lacrosse
Conference USA
Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut 1929 2016 9,000 Bobcats           Field hockey Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 2013 37,485 Owls           Field hockey American Athletic Conference
Notes
  1. ^ Liberty claims 110,000 current students, but the vast majority are enrolled in its online degree programs. The table lists residential enrollment.
  2. ^ Liberty's men's teams are called the Flames, however no men's teams are associate members of the Big East

Former associate membersEdit

Because the American Athletic Conference did not sponsor lacrosse or field hockey immediately after the Big East split, several schools from The American joined the reconfigured Big East as associate members in those sports. UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, and Temple joined in both women's lacrosse and field hockey, with Rutgers also joining in men's lacrosse, while Cincinnati joined only in women's lacrosse. Among these schools, Louisville and Rutgers were associates only for one season, as both became full members of conferences that sponsored their remaining Big East sports in 2014—respectively the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten Conference. The other named schools stayed in Big East women's lacrosse until The American began a women's lacrosse league in 2018–19. Two of these schools, Temple and UConn, remain Big East field hockey associates, with UConn's associate membership status being replaced by full membership in 2020.

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport(s) Primary Conference New Conference in
Former Big East Sport(s)
Rutgers University–New Brunswick New Brunswick, New Jersey 1766 2013 2014 48,378 Scarlet Knights      Field hockey,
Men's & women's lacrosse
Big Ten Conference
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 2013 2014 21,562 Cardinals           Field hockey,
Women's lacrosse
Atlantic Coast Conference
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 2013 2018 35,421 Bearcats           Women's lacrosse American Athletic Conference
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881 2013 2018 32,257 Huskies           Women's lacrosse American Athletic Conference
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 1853 2014 2018 50,350 Gators           Women's lacrosse SEC American Athletic Conference
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 2013 2018 37,485 Owls           Women's lacrosse American Athletic Conference
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 1873 2014 2018 12,686 Commodores           Women's lacrosse SEC American Athletic Conference

Membership timelineEdit

Old Dominion UniversityAtlantic Sun ConferenceNCAA independent schools (lacrosse)Colonial Athletic AssociationQuinnipiac UniversityMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceLiberty UniversityNorthern Pacific Field Hockey ConferenceUniversity of DenverMountain Pacific Sports FederationVanderbilt UniversityAmerican Lacrosse ConferenceUniversity of FloridaAmerican Lacrosse ConferenceOld Dominion UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationTemple UniversityAtlantic 10 ConferenceUniversity of DenverECAC Lacrosse LeagueUniversity of CincinnatiBig East Conference (1979–2013)University of ConnecticutBig East Conference (1979–2013)Xavier UniversityAtlantic 10 ConferenceCreighton UniversityMissouri Valley ConferenceButler UniversityAtlantic 10 ConferenceHorizon LeagueMarquette UniversityBig East Conference (1979–2013)DePaul UniversityBig East Conference (1979–2013)Villanova UniversityBig East Conference (1979–2013)Seton Hall UniversityBig East Conference (1979–2013)St. John's University (New York)Big East Conference (1979–2013)Providence CollegeBig East Conference (1979–2013)Georgetown UniversityBig East Conference (1979–2013) 

Big East Conference (1979–2013) members Big East Conference members Associate member

Men's sportsEdit

Since the relaunch of the Big East in July 2013, it has sponsored championship competition in ten men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Initially, seven schools were associate members in three sports. Two associate members departed in 2014 and were replaced by two new associates. In 2016, two new associates joined, and an existing associate member brought a second sport into the Big East.[46]

Men's sponsored sports by school
School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
(Indoor)
Track
& Field
(Outdoor)
Total
Big East
Sports
Butler  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  N  Y  Y  Y 8
Creighton  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  N  Y  N  N 6
DePaul  N  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  N  Y  Y  Y 7
Georgetown  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 10
Marquette  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y 8
Providence  N  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y 7
St. John's  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  N  N 6
Seton Hall  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  N  N  N 6
Villanova  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 10
Xavier  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Totals 7 10 9 9 5+1[a] 10 5 8 7 7 77+1
Future member
UConn  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
  1. ^ Associate member Denver.
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big East Conference which are played by Big East schools
School Fencing Football Ice Hockey Rowing[a] Sailing[b]
Butler No Pioneer Football League No No No
Georgetown No Patriot League No Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association
Providence No No Hockey East No No
St. John's Independent No No No No
UConn No American Athletic Conference[c] Hockey East No No
Villanova No Colonial Athletic Association No No No
  1. ^ The only category of rowing governed by the NCAA is women's heavyweight rowing. All other U.S. college rowing is governed by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.
  2. ^ Sailing is not an NCAA-sanctioned sport, instead being governed by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.
  3. ^ UConn football will become an FBS independent from 2020 forward.[45]

BasketballEdit

The 2013–14 season marked the inaugural season of the reconfigured Big East. Kicking off with media day at Chelsea Piers, the season started with much fanfare and excitement around the country's elite basketball-centric conference. Aided by the lucrative TV agreement with FS1, almost all Big East games were televised, helping to maintain and grow Big East basketball as a national brand. For 2014–15, the Big East had four schools ranked in the top 20 and six schools in the top 30 recruiting classes nationally according to ESPN, Scout and Rivals rankings. Villanova won the conference's first national championship since realignment in 2016. The conference holds the record for the highest percentage of members ever sent to one tournament from a single conference at 70%.

Big East Champions and tournament bidsEdit

Year Regular Season
Champion
Player of the Year Tournament
Champion
Tournament MVP NCAA Tournament Bids
2013–14 Villanova Doug McDermott (Creighton) Providence Bryce Cotton (Providence) Villanova #2 East, Creighton #3 West, Providence #11 East, Xavier #11 Midwest
2014–15 Villanova Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova),
Kris Dunn (Providence)
Villanova Josh Hart (Villanova) Villanova #1 East, Georgetown #4 South, Providence #6 East, Butler #6 Midwest, Xavier #6 West, St. John's #9 South
2015–16 Villanova Kris Dunn (Providence) Seton Hall Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall) Villanova #2 South, Xavier #2 East, Seton Hall #6 Midwest, Providence #9 East, Butler #9 Midwest
2016–17 Villanova Josh Hart (Villanova) Villanova Josh Hart (Villanova) Villanova #1 East, Butler #4 South, Creighton #6 Midwest, Seton Hall #9 South, Marquette #10 East, Xavier #11 West, Providence #11 East (First Four)
2017–18 Xavier Jalen Brunson (Villanova) Villanova Mikal Bridges (Villanova) Villanova #1 East, Xavier #1 West, Seton Hall #8 Midwest, Creighton #8 South, Providence #10 West, Butler #10 East
2018–19 Villanova Markus Howard (Marquette) Villanova Phil Booth (Villanova) Marquette #5 West, Villanova #6 South, Seton Hall #10 Midwest, St. John's #11 West (First Four)

All-time wins and NCAA appearancesEdit

This list goes through the 2015–16 season.

Team Records Win Pct. NCAA
Tournament
NCAA
Sweet 16
NCAA
Elite 8
NCAA
Final Four
NCAA
Runner Up
NCAA
Champions
Butler 1535–1105 .581 13 5 2 2 2 0
Creighton 1496–983 .603 19 3 1 0 0 0
DePaul 1428–964 .597 22 10 3 2 0 0
Georgetown 1624–1006 .617 30 11 9 5 3 1
Marquette 1569–970 .617 31 16 7 3 1 1
Providence 1404-941 .600 18 5 4 2 0 0
St. John's 1849–981 .653 29 6 6 2 1 0
Seton Hall 1451–1046 .584 10 4 2 1 1 0
Villanova 1685–917 .648 36 18 13 5 1 3
Xavier 1418–969 .594 26 7 3 0 0 0

NCAA National ChampionshipsEdit

School NCAA Champion Years NCAA Runner Up Years
Villanova 3 1985, 2016, 2018 1 1971[a]
Georgetown 1 1984 3 1943, 1982, 1985
Marquette 1 1977 1 1974
Butler 0 2 2010, 2011
Seton Hall 0 1 1989
St. Johns 0 1 1952
Total 5 9
  1. ^ Final Four appearance vacated due to NCAA rules violations.

SoccerEdit

All full Big East member schools, as well as future member UConn, field men's soccer teams.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner Up NCAA Bids
2013 Georgetown Marquette Providence Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's
2014 Creighton Providence Xavier Creighton, Georgetown, Providence, Xavier
2015 Georgetown Georgetown Creighton Creighton, Georgetown
2016 Providence Butler Creighton Butler, Creighton, Providence, Villanova
2017 Butler Georgetown Xavier Butler, Georgetown
2018 Creighton Georgetown Marquette Georgetown

LacrosseEdit

Big East men's lacrosse is made up of charter members Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, and Villanova, as well as Denver. NCAA regulations state that there must be six teams for a league to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, and since Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Seton Hall, and Xavier only field club teams, the Big East had to look elsewhere. Both Denver and Johns Hopkins were rumored as targets for potential invitation and Denver was ultimately invited to join the Big East as a lacrosse-only member. Denver joined the Big East as one of the hottest teams in the country; at the time of the relaunch of the Big East in July 2013, the Pioneers had made six NCAA Tournament appearances in the previous eight seasons and had appeared in two Final Fours in the previous three seasons. The University of Denver houses most of its other sports in The Summit League; most of that league's other teams are closer to that school's Denver campus than the bulk of the Big East. There is still uncertainty to whether or not Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Seton Hall, UConn, or Xavier will elevate their programs from the club level, or if any other programs will receive lacrosse-only invitations.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner-Up NCAA Bids
2014 Denver Denver Villanova Denver (Final Four)
2015 Denver Denver Georgetown Denver (National Champion)
2016 Denver Marquette Denver Denver (First Round), Marquette (First Round)
2017 Denver Marquette Providence Denver (Final Four), Marquette (First Round)
2018 Denver Georgetown Denver Denver (Quarterfinals), Georgetown (First Round), Villanova (First Round)
2019 Denver Georgetown Denver Georgetown (First Round)

NCAA National ChampionshipsEdit

School NCAA Champion Years NCAA Runner Up Years
Denver 1 2015 0 N/A

BaseballEdit

Big East full member schools Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova and Xavier all field men's baseball teams, as does future Big East member UConn. DePaul and Marquette have never fielded Big East baseball teams, while Providence fielded one until 1999 when it was dropped and later replaced with lacrosse.

Year Regular Season Tournament NCAA Bids
2014 Creighton Xavier Xavier
2015 St. John's St. John's St. John's
2016 Xavier Xavier Xavier
2017 Creighton Xavier Xavier, St. John's
2018 St. John's St. John's St. John's
2019 Creighton Creighton Creighton

Swimming & DivingEdit

Big East men's swimming & diving is made up of charter members Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier, with UConn set to join in 2020. Butler cut men's swimming & diving in 2007, when they also cut lacrosse. St. John's cut men's swimming & diving in 2003 due to Title IX, when they also cut women's swimming & diving, football, men's cross country, men's indoor track & field, and men's outdoor track & field and added men's lacrosse. The Big East Conference originally started sponsoring men's swimming & diving in 1979.

The Big East Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships have been held at some of the fastest pools in the United States. These pools include: Indiana University Natatorium, which has hosted multiple NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships and multiple United States Olympic Swimming Trials and United States Olympic Diving Trials; Nassau County Aquatic Center, which has hosted NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships and the International Goodwill Games; and University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool, which hosted a total of 17 Big East Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. Out of the current members, Xavier has won a total of four Big East Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, while Villanova and Seton Hall have each won two.

Year Tournament Champion Tournament Runner Up
2014 Xavier Georgetown
2015 Xavier Georgetown
2016 Xavier Georgetown
2017 Seton Hall Georgetown
2018 Seton Hall Villanova
2019 Xavier Georgetown

Cross CountryEdit

Villanova men's cross country team won three straight NCAA National Championships in 1966, 1967 and 1968, as well as a fourth in 1970. They also finished 2nd in 1962 and 1969. Providence men's cross country team have also finished in second in 1981 and 1982.

Year Big East Champion NCAA Championship Team Entries
2013 Villanova Providence, Villanova
2014 Villanova Georgetown, Providence, Villanova
2015 Georgetown Georgetown
2016 Georgetown Georgetown, Providence
2017 Georgetown None
2018 Georgetown Villanova

NCAA National ChampionshipsEdit

School NCAA Runner Up Years NCAA National Champion Years
Villanova 2 1962, 1969 4 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970
Providence 2 1981, 1982 0 N/A

Women's sportsEdit

Women's sponsored sports by school
School Basketball Cross
Country
Field
Hockey
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
(Indoor)
Track
& Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total
Big East
Sports
Butler  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 11
Creighton  Y  Y  N  Y  N  Y  Y  N  Y  N  N  Y 7
DePaul  Y  Y  N  N  N  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Georgetown  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 12
Marquette  Y  Y  N  N  Y  Y  N  N  Y  Y  Y  Y 8
Providence  Y  Y  Y  N  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 10
St. John's  Y  Y  N  Y  N  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Seton Hall  Y  Y  N  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  N  Y 8
Villanova  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 11
Xavier  Y  Y  N  Y  N  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Totals 10 10 3+5[a] 6 4+2[b] 10 8 6 10 8 8 10 93+7
Future member
UConn  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 11
  1. ^ Associates Liberty, Old Dominion, Quinnipiac, Temple, and UConn.
  2. ^ Associates Denver and Old Dominion.
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big East Conference which are played by Big East schools
School Fencing Ice Hockey Rowing Sailing[a] Water Polo
Creighton No No West Coast Conference No No
Georgetown No No Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association No
Providence No Hockey East No No No
St. John's Independent No No No No
UConn No Hockey East American Athletic Conference[b] No No
Villanova No No Colonial Athletic Association No Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
  1. ^ Sailing is not an NCAA-sanctioned sport, instead being governed by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.
  2. ^ UConn's rowing affiliation after the 2019–20 school year has yet to be determined.

BasketballEdit

Year Regular Season Champion Player of the Year Tournament Champion Tournament MVP NCAA Tournament Bids
2013–14 DePaul Marissa Janning (Creighton) DePaul Jasmine Penny (DePaul) DePaul
2014–15 DePaul, Seton Hall Brittany Hrynko (DePaul) DePaul Megan Podkowa (DePaul) DePaul, Seton Hall
2015–16 DePaul Chanise Jenkins (DePaul) St. John's Aliyyah Handford (St. John's) DePaul, St. John's, Seton Hall
2016–17 Creighton, DePaul Brooke Schulte (DePaul) Marquette Amani Wilborn (Marquette) Creighton, DePaul, Marquette
2017–18 DePaul, Marquette Allazia Blockton (Marquette) DePaul Amarah Coleman (DePaul) DePaul (#5 Spokane), Marquette (#8 Lexington), Villanova (#9 Spokane), Creighton (#11 Kansas City)
2018–19 Marquette Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette) DePaul Chante Stonewall (DePaul) Marquette (#5 Chicago), DePaul (#6 Chicago)

Field HockeyEdit

The Big East began sponsoring field hockey in 1989, but conference records only indicate that a postseason tournament was held; the first recorded season of full league play was 1993, with Boston College, UConn, Georgetown, Providence, Syracuse, and Villanova participating. Georgetown left Big East field hockey after the 1994 season, and was replaced by incoming Big East member Rutgers. The next change in field hockey membership came in 2005, when BC left for the ACC and was replaced by Louisville. Georgetown returned its field hockey program to the Big East the next year, after which the conference's field hockey membership remained unchanged until the 2013 conference split. Shortly before the split, Old Dominion was set to join the original Big East as a field hockey associate.[47]

The conference split left both successor leagues—the reconfigured Big East and The American—with too few field hockey members to qualify for an automatic NCAA tournament berth. As a result, both leagues agreed that only the "new" Big East would sponsor the sport, and that all American members with field hockey programs would become associates. Accordingly, the Big East field hockey conference would now be made up of Big East full members Georgetown, Providence, and Villanova; American members UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, and Temple; and Old Dominion, otherwise a member of Conference USA. Following the 2014 departure of Louisville and Rutgers for all-sports membership in conferences that sponsored field hockey (respectively the ACC and Big Ten), Big East field hockey operated with six members until Liberty and Quinnipiac joined as associate members in 2016.

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2013 UConn UConn UConn, Old Dominion
2014 UConn UConn UConn
2015 UConn UConn UConn
2016 UConn UConn UConn
2017 UConn UConn UConn
2018 UConn UConn UConn

NCAA National ChampionshipsEdit

The only honors listed here are those earned by Big East field hockey members while playing the sport in the conference. In addition to these:

  • UConn had two national titles and two runner-up finishes as a member of the original Big East, but before the conference established a field hockey league.
  • Old Dominion had nine national titles and three runner-up finishes before joining Big East field hockey.
School NCAA National Champion Years NCAA Runner-up Years
UConn 3 2013, 2014, 2017 0 N/A

SoccerEdit

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2013 Marquette Marquette DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, St. John's
2014 DePaul DePaul DePaul, Georgetown
2015 St. John's Butler Butler, Georgetown, St. John's
2016 Marquette, DePaul Georgetown Georgetown, Marquette
2017 Georgetown Georgetown Butler, Georgetown
2018 Georgetown Georgetown Georgetown

SoftballEdit

Eight Big East members sponsor softball, with Marquette and Xavier as the exceptions. Future member UConn also sponsors the sport. The original Big East first sponsored the sport in the 1990 season.

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2014 DePaul DePaul DePaul
2015 St. John's St. John's St. John's
2016 DePaul Butler Butler
2017 St. John's DePaul DePaul
2018 DePaul DePaul DePaul
2019 St. John's DePaul DePaul

Swimming & DivingEdit

Big East women's swimming & diving is made up of charter members Butler, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier, with UConn to be added in 2020. St. John's cut women's swimming & diving in 2003 due to Title IX, when they also cut men's swimming & diving, football, men's cross country, men's indoor track & field, and men's outdoor track & field and added men's lacrosse. The Big East Conference originally started sponsoring women's swimming & diving in 1982.

The Big East Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships have been held at some of the fastest pools in the United States. These pools include: Indiana University Natatorium, which has hosted multiple NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships and multiple United States Olympic Swimming Trials and United States Olympic Diving Trials; Nassau County Aquatic Center, which has hosted NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships and the International Goodwill Games; and University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool, which hosted a total of 17 Big East Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Out of the current members, Villanova has won a total of eleven Big East Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

Year Tournament Champion Tournament Runner Up
2014 Villanova Georgetown
2015 Villanova Georgetown
2016 Villanova Georgetown
2017 Villanova Georgetown
2018 Villanova Georgetown
2019 Villanova Xavier

VolleyballEdit

All full members of the Big East sponsor women's volleyball, as does future member UConn. However, in the first season of the reconfigured Big East in 2013, Providence was an affiliate member of the America East Conference. The Friars joined Big East volleyball in 2014.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner Up NCAA Bids
2013 Marquette Marquette Creighton Creighton, Marquette
2014 Creighton Creighton Seton Hall Creighton, Marquette, Seton Hall
2015 Creighton Creighton Villanova Creighton, Marquette, Villanova
2016 Creighton Creighton Xavier Creighton, Marquette
2017 Creighton Creighton Marquette Creighton, Marquette
2018 Creighton Creighton Marquette Creighton, Marquette

Cross CountryEdit

The Providence women's cross country team have been crowned NCAA National Champions in 1995 and 2013, as well as finishing 2nd in 1990 and 2012. The Villanova women's cross country team won two straight NCAA National Championships in 2009 and 2010 and six straight NCAA National Championships in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994. Villanova runners also won an individual NCAA National Championship in 1998, as well as placing 3rd in 1995, 2nd in 1996 and 3rd in 2011. The Georgetown women's cross country team were NCAA National Champions in 2011.

Year Big East Champion NCAA Championship Team Entries
2013 Providence Butler, Georgetown, Providence, Villanova
2014 Georgetown Georgetown, Providence
2015 Providence Georgetown, Providence, Villanova
2016 Providence Providence, Villanova
2017 Villanova Providence, Villanova
2018 Villanova

NCAA National ChampionshipsEdit

School NCAA Runner-up Years NCAA National Champion Years
Villanova 1 1996 9 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2009, 2010
Providence 2 1990, 2012 2 1995, 2013
Georgetown 0 N/A 1 2011

LacrosseEdit

The Big East began sponsoring women's lacrosse in the 2001 season with Boston College, UConn, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech. The original lineup stayed in place until Virginia Tech and BC left for the ACC, respectively in 2004 and 2005. The conference replaced BC with Loyola (Maryland) for the 2006 season, and the Greyhounds remained an associate member until the school joined the Patriot League, which already sponsored women's lacrosse, in 2013. Originally, the conference championship was decided solely by league play; a postseason tournament was added starting in the 2007 season with the top four teams qualifying, a format that exists to this day. The next changes in women's lacrosse membership came in the 2009 season, when Cincinnati and Louisville (both of which had only added varsity lacrosse for the 2008 season)[48][49] brought their teams into the Big East. Villanova followed in the 2010 season.[50]

As in the case of field hockey, the 2013 conference split left the Big East and The American with too few lacrosse teams for an automatic NCAA bid. Also in a parallel with field hockey, the two conferences agreed that only the reconfigured Big East would sponsor the sport, with all women's lacrosse teams from The American becoming associate members. The first season of women's lacrosse in the reconfigured league in 2014 would thus include Cincinnati, UConn, Georgetown, Louisville, new varsity team Marquette, Rutgers, Temple, and Villanova. The Big East would lose Louisville and Rutgers after that season, respectively to the ACC and Big Ten, replacing them with Florida and Vanderbilt (the only two SEC schools sponsoring the sport) after the demise of the American Lacrosse Conference.[50]

For the 2017 season, Butler added varsity women's lacrosse and Denver brought its women's lacrosse team into the league, giving the Big East 10 members in the sport. However, after the 2018 season, the Big East lost all of its women's lacrosse associate members except Denver to the new women's lacrosse conference of The American. The Big East retained its automatic NCAA tournament bid for the 2019 season and beyond by adding Old Dominion, already an associate member in field hockey. Barring any other changes in conference membership or lacrosse sponsorship, Big East women's lacrosse will expand to seven teams with the return of UConn.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner-Up NCAA Bids
2014 Louisville Louisville Georgetown Louisville, Georgetown (both Second Round)
2015 Florida, Georgetown Florida UConn Florida (Second Round)
2016 Florida Florida Temple Florida (Second Round)
2017 Florida Florida Denver Florida (Second Round)
2018 Florida Florida Denver Florida (Quarterfinals), Denver (Second Round), Georgetown (First Round)
2019 Denver Georgetown Denver Georgetown (Second Round), Denver (Quarterfinals)

NCAA Team ChampionshipsEdit

This list includes NCAA championships won by members of the Big East. Excluded from this list are all national championships earned outside the scope of NCAA competition, including Division I FBS football titles (0), women's AIAW championships (2 by Old Dominion), equestrian titles (0), and retroactive Helms Athletic Foundation titles (1 by St. John's).

NCAA championships won by Big East associate members are also included if they were won while the particular team was a Big East member or if they were won prior to invitation to the conference. These schools are indicated in italics.

School Nickname Total Men Women Co-ed
UConn Huskies 22 6 16 0
Villanova Wildcats 20 11 9 0
Providence Friars 3 1 2 0
Georgetown Hoyas 2 1 1 0
St. John's Red Storm 2 1 0 1
Denver Pioneers 1 1 0 0
Marquette Golden Eagles 1 1 0 0
Butler Bulldogs 0 0 0 0
Creighton Bluejays 0 0 0 0
DePaul Blue Demons 0 0 0 0
Seton Hall Pirates 0 0 0 0
Xavier Musketeers 0 0 0 0

FacilitiesEdit

School Soccer stadium Cap. Basketball arena(s) Cap. Baseball park Cap. Softball park Cap. Lacrosse stadium Cap.
Full Members
Butler Sellick Bowl 7,500[a] Hinkle Fieldhouse 9,100 Bulldog Park 500 Butler Softball Field 500 Varsity Field N/A
Creighton Morrison Stadium 6,000 M: CHI Health Center Omaha
W: D. J. Sokol Arena
18,320
2,950
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha 24,505 Creighton Sports Complex 1,000 Non-lacrosse school
DePaul Wish Field 1,000 M&W: Wintrust Arena
W: McGrath–Phillips Arena
10,387
3,000
Non-baseball school Cacciatore Stadium 1,000 Non-lacrosse school
Georgetown Shaw Field 1,625 M: Capital One Arena
W: McDonough Gymnasium
20,035
2,500
Shirley Povich Field 1,500 Nats Academy 200 Cooper Field 2,500
Marquette Valley Fields 1,600 M: Fiserv Forum
W: Al McGuire Center
18,850
4,000
Non-baseball school Non-softball school Time Warner Cable Stadium
Hart Park Stadium
Valley Fields
7,000
5,500
1600
Providence Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium 3,000 M: Dunkin' Donuts Center
W: Alumni Hall
12,400
1,854
Non-baseball school Glay Field 500 Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium 3,000
Seton Hall Owen T. Carroll Field 1,800 M: Prudential Center
W: Walsh Gymnasium
18,711
2,600
Owen T. Carroll Field 600 Essex County
Mike Shepard, Sr. Field
300 Non-lacrosse school
St. John's Belson Stadium 2,168 M: Madison Square Garden
M&W: Carnesecca Arena [b]
19,979
5,602
Jack Kaiser Stadium 3,500 Red Storm Field 250 DaSilva Memorial Field 1,200
Villanova Villanova Soccer Complex 1,500 M&W: Wells Fargo Center
M&W: Finneran Pavilion [c]
20,328
6,500
Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth 300 [52] Villanova Softball Complex 250 Villanova Stadium 12,500
Xavier Xavier University Soccer Complex 1,000 Cintas Center 10,250 J. Page Hayden Field 500 Non-softball school Non-lacrosse school
Future Member
UConn Joseph J. Morrone Stadium 5,100 Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
XL Center
10,167
15,564
Elliot Ballpark[d] 1,500 Burrill Family Field N/A George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex 2,000
Associate Members
Denver Member only for men's and women's lacrosse Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium 2,000
Old Dominion Member only for field hockey and women's lacrosse L. R. Hill Sports Complex 3,000

Notes:

  1. ^ Approximate total capacity including grass seating; seated capacity is 5,647.
  2. ^ St. 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. In 2012-13, St. John's played only one non-conference game at MSG and two Big East games on campus.[51]
  3. ^ For certain high-profile home games, Villanova uses the Wells Fargo Center, and previously used the Spectrum. In 2005–06, Villanova played three home games at the Wells Fargo Center and the rest on campus at The Pavilion. In 2006, the Wells Fargo Center was also a first-round site for the NCAA Tournament. Under NCAA rules, a venue is not considered a home court unless a school plays four or more regular-season games there; this enabled Villanova to play its first two tournament games at the Wells Fargo Center (but Villanova was not considered the host school for that sub-region – the Atlantic 10 Conference was). This situation occurred again in 2009, with Villanova playing (and winning) its first two tournament games at Wells Fargo Center.
  4. ^ Opening for the next NCAA baseball season of 2020.

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