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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:49 am 
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http://www.boston.com/sports/colleges/extras/colleges_blog/2008/11/marinatto_selec.html

Marinatto selected as new Big East Comissioner

After a four month search to find a replacement for retiring Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, the Big East decided to stay in house and elevate senior associate commissioner John Marinatto. The final decision was made today at a meeting of Big East presidents in Philadelphia.

A press conference officially introducing Marinatto will be made Wednesday morning. The promotion of Marinatto, who joined the Big East staff in 2002, continues the linkage between the conference office and Providence College, with the league's first commissioner Dave Gavitt and Tranghese both having PC roots. Marinatto is from the same lineage, having served as sports information director and then athletic director for 15 years before moving to the Big East office in 2002 in an administrative capacity.

Tranghese announced his retirement last June and is expected to remain through the spring before Marinatto takes full control.



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:04 am 
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Panther, looks like the BE promoted another Providence BB type to be conference Commissioner.
BE MB thread discussing this pick at http://ncaabbs.com/showthread.php?tid=327009


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:09 am 
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NY Times article

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/12/sports/12colleges.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

The Big East will announce on Wednesday that John Marinatto will take over as the commissioner when Mike Tranghese steps down after the 2008-9 academic year.

Marinatto, the league’s senior associate commissioner, has been considered Tranghese’s right-hand man and has been with the league since 2002. He came to the Big East after working as the athletic director at Providence.

He will take over for Tranghese, who announced in June that he would leave after serving as the commissioner since 1990. Marinatto was considered the favorite at the outset of the search for a replacement and remained that way throughout the process.

“John was pretty much the runaway,” said Louisville’s athletic director, Tom Jurich. “I think it’s terrific. I think he’s going to do a fantastic job. He knows the league well inside and out.”

Marinatto was chosen after a meeting this week of league presidents and athletic directors in Philadelphia. The Pittsburgh chancellor, Mark Nordenberg, and Georgetown’s president, John DeGioia, led the search. Nordenberg declined to comment when reached at home Tuesday.

Marinatto’s name may not resonate outside Big East circles, but Jurich said he felt that Marinatto’s role had been underestimated.

“I think he’s done much of the nuts and bolts and operations of the league, and knows how everything in the league works,” Jurich said. “He’s not a numbers person, he’s a visionary.”

Marinatto graduated in 1979 from Providence, where he worked as a student manager for Dave Gavitt, who became the first commissioner of the Big East. He later worked for Tranghese at Providence, where he performed myriad jobs in the athletic department, including sports information director, ticket manager, and as the athletic director for 14 years.

He takes over a league that has moved to a 16-team basketball and an 8-team football league after the defections of Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“I think that we’re in a good position right now,” said Jim Boeheim, the Syracuse basketball coach and the longest-tenured coach in the league. “I don’t think there’s anyone talking about splitting the league at all. I think there’s always going to be some challenges on the horizon, but the league is in a great position.”



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:13 pm 
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Certainly the Big East went the continuity, internal route with it's selection. Perhaps, indeed, that's what league members seek for now. It certainly makes the bb interests smile. Boeheim of Syracuse, in his comments, did not fail to connect the "no-split" choice with the selection.

If the all-sports BE schools, i. e. conference football, decide to eventually split, the initiative will have to be generated from the fb "8". Then the best they may hope for is a cooperative commissioner to help facilitate the divide.

Four or five BE schools may be ready to split, but keeping their sentiments mute for obvious reasons. Places like Syracuse and Pittsburgh may have lingering reservations about splitting anytime soon. I do believe they are acknowledging some problems, but also hoping they just go away without doing much.

The unbalanced scheduling will continue to be a thorn, and having just 8 fb members can be a year to year gamble in having that very plausible BCS team sitting near the top.

If there wasn't a problem, the BE would not be trying to do odd schemes such as having Army and Navy playing 4 BE teams each per scheduling. But the incentives for Army and Navy are not enticing enough for them to bite. The BE will explore most anything short of adding a member. And if they did, look for an 18 member configuration, with continued stalemate and an added issue.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:18 pm 
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The funny thing is the Big East is still more secure with their BCS bid than the ACC is, as most of the people on the WVU board (unfortunately including some UofL fans) fail to realize.


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Tarkiokid,actually since the ACC is an anchor conference for the Orange Bowl it's BCS bid is more protected than the BE which is no longer a BCS anchor conference.
Also,this is the first year of the new 6 year evaluation period.It should be interesting to see which conferences have the better records at the end of the season.

Hartford Courant blog article with comments regarding new BE Commish which indicate that the BE will probably remain pretty much status quo under his watch.Link at http://blogs.courant.com/uconn_football/2008/11/a-few-words-from-the-new-big-e.html


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:50 am 
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Article out of Mountaineer country confirming that Marinatto appears to be a Tranghese clone at http://www.timeswv.com/wvu_sports/local_story_318015553.html


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:04 pm 
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It has been a while since my last post on this board.

Much of the current posted opinions have not changed much on status and direction of the future Big East.

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The Big East is not going to lose its BCS automatic bid. Get used and/or ignore it if you are WAC/MWC fan or better yet hope a merger may allow your conference the same status in the BCS some day.

The ACC is no more secure than the Big East with anchor of the Orange Bowl. The Orange could be replace with the Cotton in the BCS bowl alignment just as easy as the Big East could lose it seat at the BCS table. Just ask the Fiesta bowl folks that were very nervous before the new stadium was funded if you think the bowls are one big happy family.

Forget Notre Dame joining the Big East for football in the near future. Maybe Notre Dame will someday join the Big East for football if the school decides on a conference for football. Forget the Big Ten for Notre Dame which is just not going to happen.

Forget a split of bb and fb schools. It is the 8 fb schools that have to make the decision and there Presidents are fully committed to the Big East.

Final comment.

The Big East may not necessarily have the football clout or the football revenue of the SEC and Big Ten.

What the Big East does have is major conference status. There are only 5 other conference that can make that statement.

It is what it is folks regardless if you like or not.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:24 pm 
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Article out of Mountaineer country comparing Marinatto to Tranghese at http://wvgazette.com/Sports/DaveHickman/200811120858?page=2&build=cache


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