The Big East started as a basketball conference made up of predominately Catholic colleges. With the news that the Catholic basketball schools are getting to keep the name "The Big East" and the association with Madison Square Garden, the Big East is what it always should have been. BC won't be part of the organization this time around, but this is an example of college teams making sound decisions, taking their legacy into their own hands and understanding the value of association. For all of our collective complaining about the "basketball schools" over the years, they finally did something right. That is a lesson to BC and our athletic leaders.
Overall this won't impact BC much. We will still play Providence regularly and it might speed up Notre Dame's transition to the ACC. But other than that, it should be status quo. It will diminish the exiled football schools a bit more. Until UConn and Cincinnati find better homes and better branding, they are sliding towards mid-majordom. That should help our recruiting in both areas and help when we recruit against USF and UCF in Florida.
I truly wish these programs success. Catholic schools helped make college basketball what it is today and it would be nice to see these guys rebuild their brand again.