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Xavier to the BIG EAST

Xavier to the BIG EAST
Posted Tuesday, March 19th 2013 @ 2pm

Xavier University will formally accept its invitation into the new Big East Conference Wednesday in New York.

The league, created from seven Catholic non-football schools that withdrew from the current Big East, also will include Butler and Creighton, starting next fall.

Xavier President Father Michael Graham will be in New York for the 11 a.m. announcement. The new league will keep the Big East name and keep its men’s basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden.

It also has been negotiating a television contract with the new Fox Sports 1 network.

XU will exit the Atlantic 10 conference.

The move means that storied basketball programs including Georgetown, Villanova and Marquette will be on Xavier’s schedule.

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