The new Big East is still rounding into form, but it is getting closer to becoming a fully functioning body. We know the teams (there are ten of them), the conference has a TV contract (Fox Sports), and we know the conference tournament will remain at the legendary Madison Square Garden in March, but now this whole operation just needs a commissioner.
That should be settled this week.
The ten Big East presidents are to meet this week to interview four or five finalists. While we do not know who these four or five are there has been plenty of speculating that former Big East associate commissioner Dan Gavitt and West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovic are the favorites.
ESPN’s Andy Katz wrote late last week that Creighton’s athletic director Bruce Rasmussen hopes that it is Zaninovic. “We need a commissioner who has been successful, who has the background, who has the knowledge that can make decisions,” said Rasmussen. “Jamie Zaninovich would be a tremendous person to put in that position.”
While running a conference is not rocket science it is imperative that the Big East puts the right man for the job in place. The way conference realignment has gone in the past few years and given out important television contracts are, the ‘new’ Big East does not want to stumble out of the gate. Fortunately though, this conference is comprised of ten very quality programs, so the product on the court shouldn’t have to be in jeopardy.