The new era will pit Creighton against some heavyweights of hoops.
The Creighton Bluejays' brave new world starts now.
University officials announced Wednesday morning that the Omaha school will join the newly-revamed Big East, beginning later this year.
It's quite a jump for the Jays, who have worn the tag of a "mid-major" basketball program throughout their 37-year stint in the Missouri Valley Conference. The new era will pit Creighton against some heavyweights of hoops: Georgetown, DePaul, Marquette, St. John's, Xavier, Butler, Seton Hall, Villanova and Providence. The league, mostly Catholic institutions that don't play football, will keep the Big East name and play its tournament at Madison Square Garden.
During the official launch of the new Big East, it was announced that the conference had inked a television deal with Fox, who is anticipated to use the league as a centerpiece of its new sports network, Fox Sports 1. Each team will get around $3 million as their share of the contract.
Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen announces the next chapter in the history of Bluejay athletics: