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What under any other circumstances would be a casual Friday here at THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON is likely to be anything but, as multiple outlets have reported that the expected announcement of The Chosen Ones to leave the Big East could come as soon as today.

Things we're tracking regarding Georgetown's future as we keep a wary eye on the Catamounts of Western Carolina:

The Milkwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a few interesting tidbits in this story, namely:

  • Xavier and Butler are prepared to leave the Atlantic 10 and join the new "Conference of God" (not really the name but it really should be)
  • The only holdup to the announcement is Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, who is struggling with the idea of his school leaving the Big East. Once DeGioia signs on, an announcement on the formation of the new league, which would begin play next season, could come as early as Friday.
  • According to conference realignment guru Brett McMurphy, The Chosen Ones cannot dissolve the League and must wait 27 months or else they'd have to pay the $5mm exit fee.


Here is a link to keep your spirits up as we await the announcement of the Apocalypse of Casual:

The bright side of blowing up the Big East - CBSSports.com
Hard as it is to believe, if the Big East is fated to go up in flames, the ashes could produce something that's compatible, if not totally comparable, to what the Big East became in the past 25 years.

Here is a link to make you feel shitty as we await the announcement of the Apocalypse of Casual:

Big East's Weak Catholic Schools Call The Shots? - Courant.com
The Big East has sunk so low that the Catholic schools – colleges that have brought little to the conference for years — are calling the shots.



And finally, here is a song for you to sing as we await the Apocalypse of Casual (sung to the tune of American Pie):

A long, long time ago
I can still remember
How the Big East used to make me smile
And I knew Georgetown had a chance
A tournament better than the Dance
At the Garden, we were happy for a while

But Marinatto made me shiver
With every fuck-up he’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
Another football school defects

I can’t remember if I cried when we
finally asserted some Catholic pride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the Big East died

by hoyateach on Dec 13, 2012 7:28 PM EST reply actions 4 recs