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A Look At The New Look Big East Conference

March 25, 2013 - Driven to find a sense of security in this time of conference realignment, the seven Catholic schools of the Big East have stepped away from the other members of the conference.  The Catholic 7 includes Providence College, St. John’s, DePaul, Villanova, Georgetown, Marquette and Seton Hall.  These institutions are powered by their basketball operations and do not field football teams.  As a result the separation from the other football playing schools was inevitable. 

With West Virginia leaving the league last year for the Big 12 (MAC for soccer), and future departure of Rutgers to the Big Ten and Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pittsburg, and Louisville to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Catholic 7, along with Connecticut, South Florida, and Cincinnati were left scrambling to protect their athletes.  It’s now official that the Catholic 7 will create their own conference, and keep the rights to the Big East name and also Madison Square Garden (home of the Big East men's basketball tournament). 

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Ten Teams To Keep An Eye On In 2013

The 2013 season is shaping up to be a significant season for the following programs.  

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College Underclassmen Headed To The Pros - The Impact Of Their Departure

The impact of players leaving early to enter the professional ranks may not be as great in college soccer as it is in college basketball but it still can present a challenge for college soccer coaches who have to fill a gap a little sooner than anticipated.  On the other hand it is a plus on the recruiting trail when a coach can say that his program offers a springboard to the professional ranks and can back it up with examples.  

Knowing when a player might elect to leave early is not always predictable.  Early departures to enter the professional ranks in addition to losses due to graduation can have a significant impact on a team.  Throw in an unexpected injury and a team that might otherwise appear to be loaded can suddenly be in in a rebuilding mode.  It goes without saying that those players who sign a Generation adidas contract or a Homegrown contract are talented players. 

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