Book on Big East by Kevin McNamara (Providence paper sports writer).
BTW - you can read three chapters from the book. Chapter 3 is particularly interesting because it discusses the possible breakup of the league, the CBS contract, and the problems with trying to bring in VT, Temple, RU, and WV.
Only three years ago, the future of the Big East Conference and major college sports in the East looked bleak.
Three schools chasing the promise of bigger money and exposure on the gridiron jumped to the rival Atlantic Coast Conference. The move left the Big East bloodied and bruised, a position the league's administrators had somehow become immune to over 25 years of balancing the high stakes of football with glorious basketball success. Forced to juggle its lineup, the Big East grew to 16 schools and formed a basketball goliath featuring giant names like Connecticut, Cincinnati, Louisville and Syracuse.
Basketball Warfare tells the story of how the league morphed from a basketball powerhouse in the 1980's into a 16-team Super Conference today. You'll also follow the first season in the new Big East and see stars like Rudy Gay, Gerry McNamara and Randy Foye following in the footsteps of Patrick Ewing, Carmelo Anthony and Emeka Okafor. The Big East sent a record eight teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2005-06 and more than lived up to its billing as the best basketball conference in the country. Basketball Warfare captures the exploits of the star players, Hall of Fame coaches and the drama and intensity of college basketball at the highest level.
Fans of all 16 Big East schools will enjoy Basketball Warfare, especially those at Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette and South Florida who are still learning about the league's history. Extensive time is devoted to the magical Big East Tournament triumph of the Syracuse Orange and its star guard, Gerry McNamara. The book also follows the NCAA Tournament and one of the most historic upsets in history when Connecticut lost to George Mason.
If you're a college basketball fan, you'll love Basketball Warfare.