At this point, it certainly looks like the Big East will be no more. Multiple national media members are reporting that the seven basketball only schools, Depaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova will vote to dissolve the league.
Syracuse and Pittsburgh are in their final season with the Big East and will start playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference next year. Louisville and Notre Dame are set to join the ACC as well, but not until 2014.
If the Big East does vanish, Louisville and Notre Dame would be left without a conference and the ACC would likely have to add both programs a year early. Maryland is set to leave the ACC and join the Big 10 in 2014, which would mean the ACC would have 15 teams next season.
Tom Jurich told the media last week that he didn’t expect Louisville to be in the ACC any earlier than 2014, but this certainly changes things. In a perfect world, Maryland and the ACC could work out some deal that would allow the Terrapins to leave the league after this season and Louisville would be able to join in 2013 instead of 2014.