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Big East Conference

Big East Conference
Big East Conference logo
EstablishedMay 31, 1979
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I (Non-Football)
Members11 (All-Sports Members)
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 12
RegionNortheastern United States
Midwestern United States
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
CommissionerVal Ackerman
Websitebigeast.com
Locations
Big East Conference locations

The Big East Conference (stylized as BIG EAST) is a collegiate athletic conference that competes in NCAA Division I in all sports except football, which is not sponsored. The conference has been officially recognized as a Division I multi-sport conference, effective on August 1, 2013.[1] The conference was originally founded by Dave Gavitt on May 31, 1979.[2]

Its nucleus is composed of the "Catholic Seven" members of the original Big East Conference: DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, Seton Hall University, St. John's University, and Villanova University.[3] In December 2012, these schools chose to split from the football playing schools to focus on basketball, and in March 2013 reached a settlement, whereby they acquired the Big East Conference name, logos, history, and the rights to the men's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. Butler University, Creighton University, and Xavier University also joined the conference on its July 1, 2013 launch date.[4] The conference also entered into a 12-year, $500 million television contract with Fox Sports, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), Fox Sports 2 (FS2), and Fox Sports Networks (FSN)[5] and a 6-year television contract with CBS and CBS Sports Network (CBSSN).[6] On June 24, 2019 the member schools of the Big East all voted to extend an invitation to the University of Connecticut (UConn) to "rejoin" the conference, which was accepted two days later.[7] UConn officially joined the Big East on July 1, 2020.

The football-playing members of the old Big East, along with several other schools, formed the American Athletic Conference, which is the legal successor to the first Big East Conference and retains its charter and structure. Both the new Big East Conference and the American Athletic Conference claim 1979 as their founding date.[8][9] As part of the separation agreement, the basketball schools were able to retain the basketball records while the football schools retained the football records respectively.[10]

Val Ackerman, former WNBA president, has been commissioner since June 26, 2013. On the same day Ackerman was named as commissioner, it announced that the league would be headquartered in New York City.[11][12][13] UConn is the only member of the Big East to sponsor varsity football in the top-level Division I FBS. Georgetown, Villanova, and Butler do operate football programs in the second-level Division I FCS, though of these only Villanova offers scholarships to its players.

History

The original Big East

The original Big East Conference was founded in 1979, when Providence College basketball coach Dave Gavitt spearheaded an effort to assemble an east coast basketball-centric collegiate athletic conference.[14] The core of the Big East formed when Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, and Syracuse invited Seton Hall, Connecticut (UConn), Holy Cross, Rutgers, and Boston College (BC). Holy Cross turned down the invitation, as did Rutgers initially, while BC, Seton Hall, and UConn accepted.[15][16][17] Gavitt became the Big East's first commissioner, and Villanova and Pittsburgh joined the conference shortly thereafter.[18][19][20] PR firm Duffy & Shanley is credited with the initial branding and naming work for the conference.[21] The "high point" of the original conference is widely considered to be the 1985 NCAA tournament, in which Georgetown, St. Johns, and Villanova all made the Final Four, and Villanova defeated Georgetown to win the national championship.

The conference remained largely unchanged until 1991, when it began to sponsor football, adding Miami as a full member, and Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia as football-only members.[22] Rutgers and West Virginia upgraded to full Big East membership in 1995, while Virginia Tech did the same in 2000. Notre Dame also joined as a non-football member effective in 1995. Temple football was kicked out after the 2004 season due to what was deemed by the other football-playing members a failure to make a strong effort to field a competitive team, but rejoined in 2012 after seriously upgrading its football program and intended to become a full Big East member in 2013.

The unusual structure of the Big East, with the "football" and "non-football" schools, led to instability in the conference.[23] The waves of defection and replacement brought about by the conference realignments of 2005 and the early 2010s revealed tension between the football-sponsoring and non-football schools that eventually led to the split of the conference in 2013.[24]

The conference reorganized following the tumultuous period of realignment that hobbled the Big East between 2010 and 2013. The Big East was one of the most severely impacted conferences during the most recent conference realignment period. In all, 14 member schools announced their departure for other conferences, and 15 other schools announced plans to join the conference (eight as all-sports members, and four for football only). Three of the latter group later backed out of their plans to join (one for all sports, and the other two for football only).

The present Big East

A map of the eastern United States with red location markers for ten cities.
Locations of the Big East Conference member institutions

On December 15, 2012 the Big East's seven non-FBS schools (all Catholic institutions) - DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, and Villanova - announced that they had voted unanimously to separate from the Big East football playing schools, effective June 30, 2015.[25] Among the many rumor-fueled news stories, it was reported that the so-called Catholic 7, in leaving the Big East, were looking for a more lucrative television deal than they would have received by remaining with the football schools.[26] Of more concern may have been the limited window in which these non-FBS schools would hold a voting majority in the conference--after the defection of certain FBS schools to the ACC but before the effective inclusion of candidate FBS schools to replace them--and, therefore, architect a conference future both aligned with their institutional interests and true to the basketball roots from which the Big East grew. Five of the seven schools constituted a majority of the conference during its enormously successful early years, prior to the inclusion of football as a conference sport; only one of the FBS schools that were to remain in the conference, UConn, shared this heritage. In March 2013, it was announced that the Catholic 7 were not only parting ways with the FBS schools on June 30, 2013, but that they would retain the Big East name, logos, $10 million from the old conference's treasury, and the right to hold the conference's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden.[27]

On March 14, 2013, it was reported that the Big East would be adding members in the next seven to ten days.[28] The following day, ESPN stated that the Big East would add Butler and Xavier from the Atlantic 10 Conference, as well as Creighton from the Missouri Valley Conference, with an official announcement to be forthcoming within the next week, although the institutions which were reportedly joining were refusing to comment.[29]

At a news conference in New York City on March 20, 2013, the reorganized league was formally introduced with Butler, Xavier, and Creighton included as members. Additional announcements included details of new contracts for television and for the use of Madison Square Garden as site of the men's basketball tournament.[4][30] It billed itself as a return to Gavitt's original vision of a strong, Northeast-based and basketball-focused conference.[9]

Field hockey and lacrosse associate members

During May 2013, the conference added several associate members in lacrosse and field hockey. The University of Denver joined the men's lacrosse league and started play in the 2014 season,[31] while Rutgers University men's lacrosse played the 2014 season in the Big East before moving to the Big Ten in 2014-15.[32] Rutgers also housed its field hockey and women's lacrosse teams in the Big East for 2013-14 before joining the Big Ten, as did Louisville in advance of its 2014 move to the ACC.

The 2013-14 school year also saw the arrival of UConn and Temple for both women's lacrosse and field hockey, Old Dominion for field hockey only, and Cincinnati for women's lacrosse only.[33]

The launch of a women's lacrosse league in the Big Ten for the 2015 season caused the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) to dissolve after the 2014 season; two Southeastern Conference teams that had been ALC members, Florida and Vanderbilt, joined the Big East as associate members in that sport.[34]

The next changes to Big East associate membership came during the 2015-16 school year. First, on December 8, 2015, the conference announced that Liberty and Quinnipiac would become associate members in field hockey effective with the 2016 season.[35] Then, on May 3, 2016, the Big East announced that Denver, already an affiliate in men's lacrosse, would move its women's lacrosse team into the league in the 2016-17 school year (2017 season).[36] In addition to the new associate members, full member Butler announced on October 21, 2015 that it would elevate its club team in women's lacrosse to full varsity status in the 2017 season and immediately begin Big East competition.[37]

Most recently, the American Athletic Conference announced on October 11, 2017 that it would begin sponsoring women's lacrosse in the 2019 season (2018-19 school year), which led to the departure of all then-current Big East women's lacrosse associates except Denver.[38] On that same date, the Big East announced that field hockey member Old Dominion would also become a Big East women's lacrosse member in the 2019 season, maintaining Big East women's lacrosse membership at 6 teams and preserving its automatic berth to the NCAA women's tournament.[39]

On April 16, 2020, Old Dominion announced its women's lacrosse would join the American Athletic Conference in the 2021 season (2020-21 school year), essentially swapping places with incoming full member UConn, so both conferences maintained six members required for an automatic bid.[40]

Return of UConn

In June 2019, various news outlets reported that UConn could soon rejoin the Big East pending a decision on the future of UConn's football program.[41][42][43] UConn was a founding member of the original Big East, and was in the conference from 1979 to 2013.[44] UConn's move to the American Athletic Conference in 2013, amid significant conference realignment, caused the athletic department to lose a significant amount of revenue in media rights and bowl payouts, putting its long-term association with the conference in question.[45] Mutual interest of a potential reunion between UConn and the Big East had been reported by several sources in the preceding years[46][47][48]

On June 24, 2019, the Big East formally approved an invitation for UConn to join the conference,[49] and the UConn Board of Trustees accepted the invitation two days later.[50] UConn and the American Athletic Conference reached a buyout agreement the following month that would allow UConn to become a member of the Big East on July 1, 2020. At the time the buyout agreement was reported, UConn announced that its football team would become an FBS independent upon its arrival in the Big East.[51] UConn's men's & women's hockey teams remain a member of the Hockey East Association.[52]

Member schools

Full members

Nine of the eleven members of the Big East are private and Catholic institutions. The exceptions are Butler, which is nonsectarian (although it was founded by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)) and UConn, which is the only public institution in the Big East.

Institution Location Founded Endowment Enrollment Nickname Colors
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 1855 $235,900,000 5,506 Bulldogs          
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881 $423,200,000 32,257 Huskies          
Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska 1878 $568,800,000 8,910 Bluejays          
DePaul University Chicago, Illinois 1898 $593,400,000 22,437 Blue Demons          
Georgetown University Washington, D.C. 1789 $1,800,000,000 19,204 Hoyas          
Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1881 $668,800,000 11,605 Golden Eagles          
Providence College Providence, Rhode Island 1917 $238,500,000 4,922 Friars               
St. John's University Queens, New York 1870 $756,100,000 21,643 Red Storm          
Seton Hall University South Orange, New Jersey 1856 $257,700,000 10,162 Pirates          
Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 $711,500,000 11,023 Wildcats          
Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio 1831 $179,600,000 7,132 Musketeers               

Associate members

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport(s) Primary Conference
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 2013 (men)
2016 (women)
11,952 Pioneers           Men's lacrosse,
Women's lacrosse
Summit League
Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia 1971 2016 15,000[a] Lady Flames[b]                Field hockey ASUN Conference
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 2013 24,176 Monarchs                Field hockey Conference USA
Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut 1929 2016 10,207 Bobcats           Field hockey Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 2013 39,755 Owls           Field hockey American Athletic Conference
Notes
  1. ^ Liberty claims 100,000 current students, but the vast majority are enrolled in its online degree programs. The table lists residential enrollment.
  2. ^ Liberty's men's teams are called the Flames; however, no men's teams are associate members of the Big East.

Former associate members

Because the American Athletic Conference did not sponsor lacrosse or field hockey immediately after the Big East split, several schools from The American joined the reconfigured Big East as associate members in those sports. UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, and Temple joined in both women's lacrosse and field hockey, with Rutgers also joining in men's lacrosse, while Cincinnati joined only in women's lacrosse. Among these schools, Louisville and Rutgers were associates only for one season, as both became full members of conferences that sponsored their remaining Big East sports in 2014--respectively the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten Conference. The other named schools stayed in Big East women's lacrosse until The American began a women's lacrosse league in 2018-19. UConn's women lacrosse team rejoined the Big East two years later as a full member in 2020. UConn's associate membership status in field hockey was replaced by full membership in 2020.

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport(s) Primary Conference New Conference in
Former Big East Sport(s)
Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, New Jersey 1766 2013 2014 50,254 Scarlet Knights      Field hockey,
Men's & women's lacrosse
Big Ten Conference
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 2013 2014 21,431 Cardinals           Field hockey,
Women's lacrosse
Atlantic Coast Conference
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 2013 2018 38,062 Bearcats           Women's lacrosse American Athletic Conference
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881 2013 2020 27,412 Huskies           Field hockey,
Women's lacrosse
Former member of American Athletic Conference Big East Conference
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 1853 2014 2018 52,218 Gators           Women's lacrosse SEC American Athletic Conference
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 2013 2018 39,755 Owls           Women's lacrosse American Athletic Conference
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 1873 2014 2018 12,824 Commodores           Women's lacrosse SEC American Athletic Conference
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 2018 2020 24,176 Monarchs                Women's lacrosse Conference USA American Athletic Conference

Membership timeline

Quinnipiac BobcatsLiberty Flames and Lady FlamesVanderbilt CommodoresFlorida GatorsCincinnati BearcatsTemple OwlsOld Dominion UniversityDenver PioneersUConn HuskiesCreighton BluejaysButler BulldogsXavier MusketeersMarquette Golden EaglesDePaul Blue DemonsVillanova WildcatsSeton Hall PiratesSt. John's Red StormProvidence FriarsGeorgetown Hoyas

Full members (non-football) Assoc. member (Other sports) Other Conference

Big East Conference Men's Basketball NCAA Bids

Bids School Last bid Last win Last Sweet 16 Last Elite 8 Last Final 4 Last final Last Championship (Titles)
39 Villanova 2019 2019 2018 2018 2018 2018 2018 (3)
33 UConn 2016 2016 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 (4)
33 Marquette 2019 2013 2013 2013 2003 1977 1977 (1)
30 Georgetown 2015 2015 2007 2007 2007 1985 1984 (1)
30 St. John's 2019 2000 1999 1999 1985 1952
28 Xavier 2018 2018 2017 2017
22 DePaul 2004 2004 1987 1979 1979
21 Creighton 2018 2014 1974 1941
20 Providence 2018 2016 1997 1997 1987
16 Butler 2018 2018 2017 2011 2011 2011
13 Seton Hall 2019 2018 2000 1991 1989 1989
Total: 285 Total: 9

Men's sports

Since the relaunch of the Big East in July 2013, it has sponsored championship competition in ten men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Initially, seven schools were associate members in three sports. Two associate members departed in 2014 and were replaced by two new associates. In 2016, two new associates joined, and an existing associate member brought a second sport into the Big East.[53]

Men's sponsored sports by school
School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
(Indoor)
Track
& Field
(Outdoor)
Total
Big East
Sports
Butler Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Creighton Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
DePaul Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Georgetown Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Marquette Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Providence Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
St. John's Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Seton Hall Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN 6
UConn Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY[a] Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY[a] Green tickY[a] Green tickY Green tickY 9
Villanova Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Xavier Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 8 11 10 10 5+1[b] 11 6 9 8 8 86+1
  1. ^ a b c UConn will field teams in men's cross country, swimming & diving, and tennis in 2020-21, but will drop all three sports in July 2021.[54]
  2. ^ Associate member Denver.
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big East Conference which are played by Big East schools
School Fencing Football Ice Hockey Rowing[a] Sailing[b]
Butler No Pioneer Football League No No No
Georgetown No Patriot League No Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association
Providence No No Hockey East No No
St. John's Independent No No No No
UConn No FBS Independent Hockey East No No
Villanova No Colonial Athletic Association No No No
  1. ^ The only category of rowing governed by the NCAA is women's heavyweight rowing. All other U.S. college rowing is governed by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.
  2. ^ Sailing is not an NCAA-sanctioned sport, instead being governed by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.

Basketball

The 2013-14 season marked the inaugural season of the reconfigured Big East. Kicking off with media day at Chelsea Piers, the season started with much fanfare and excitement around the country's elite basketball-centric conference. Aided by the lucrative TV agreement with FS1, almost all Big East games were televised, helping to maintain and grow Big East basketball as a national brand. For 2014-15, the Big East had four schools ranked in the top 20 and six schools in the top 30 recruiting classes nationally according to ESPN, Scout and Rivals rankings. Villanova won the conference's first national championship since realignment in 2016. The conference holds the record for the highest percentage of members ever sent to one tournament from a single conference at 70%.

Big East Champions and tournament bids

Year Regular Season
Champion
Player of the Year Tournament
Champion
Tournament MVP NCAA Tournament Bids
Villanova Doug McDermott (Creighton) Providence Bryce Cotton (Providence) Villanova No. 2 East, Creighton No. 3 West, Providence No. 11 East, Xavier No. 11 Midwest
2014-15 Villanova Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova),
Kris Dunn (Providence)
Villanova Josh Hart (Villanova) Villanova No. 1 East, Georgetown No. 4 South, Providence No. 6 East, Butler No. 6 Midwest, Xavier No. 6 West, St. John's No. 9 South
2015-16 Villanova Kris Dunn (Providence) Seton Hall Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall) Villanova No. 2 South, Xavier No. 2 East, Seton Hall No. 6 Midwest, Providence No. 9 East, Butler No. 9 Midwest
2016-17 Villanova Josh Hart (Villanova) Villanova Josh Hart (Villanova) Villanova No. 1 East, Butler No. 4 South, Creighton No. 6 Midwest, Seton Hall No. 9 South, Marquette No. 10 East, Xavier No. 11 West, Providence No. 11 East (First Four)
2017-18 Xavier Jalen Brunson (Villanova) Villanova Mikal Bridges (Villanova) Villanova No. 1 East, Xavier No. 1 West, Seton Hall No. 8 Midwest, Creighton No. 8 South, Providence No. 10 West, Butler No. 10 East
2018-19 Villanova Markus Howard (Marquette) Villanova Phil Booth (Villanova) Marquette No. 5 West, Villanova No. 6 South, Seton Hall No. 10 Midwest, St. John's No. 11 West (First Four)
2019-20 Creighton, Seton Hall, Villanova Myles Powell (Seton Hall) Big East Tournament canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic NCAA Tournament canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

All-time wins and NCAA appearances

This list goes through the 2019-20 season.

Team Records Win Pct. NCAA
Tournament
NCAA
Sweet 16
NCAA
Elite 8
NCAA
Final Four
NCAA
Runner-up
NCAA
Champions
Butler 1,619-1,154 .584 16 6 2 2 2 0
Creighton 1,586-1,027 .607 21 3 1 0 0 0
DePaul 1,483-1,040 .588 22 10 3 2 0 0
Georgetown 1,687-1,070 .612 30 11 9 5 3 1
Marquette 1,651-1,019 .618 33 16 7 3 1 1
Providence 1,443-965 .599 18 5 4 2 0 0
St. John's 1,917-1,045 .647 30 9 6 2 1 0
Seton Hall 1,535-1,093 .584 13 4 2 1 1 0
UConn 1,733-9,87 .637 33 18 11 5 0 4
Villanova 1,803-942 .657 39 18 14 6 1 3
Xavier 1,509-1,018 .597 28 8 3 0 0 0

NCAA National Championships

School NCAA Champion Years NCAA Runner-up Years
UConn 4 1999, 2004, 2011, 2014 0
Villanova 3 1985, 2016, 2018 1 1971[a]
Georgetown 1 1984 3 1943, 1982, 1985
Marquette 1 1977 1 1974
Butler 0 2 2010, 2011
Seton Hall 0 1 1989
St. John's 0 1 1952
Total 9 9
  1. ^ Final Four appearance vacated due to NCAA rules violations.

Soccer

All full Big East member schools field men's soccer teams.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner-up NCAA Bids
2013 Georgetown Marquette Providence Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's
2014 Creighton Providence Xavier Creighton, Georgetown, Providence, Xavier
2015 Georgetown Georgetown Creighton Creighton, Georgetown
2016 Providence Butler Creighton Butler, Creighton, Providence, Villanova
2017 Butler Georgetown Xavier Butler, Georgetown
2018 Creighton Georgetown Marquette Georgetown
2019 Georgetown Georgetown Providence Butler, Georgetown, Providence, St. John's

NCAA National Championships

School NCAA Champion Years NCAA Runner-up Years
UConn 2 1981, 2000 0 N/A
Georgetown 1 2019 1 2012
St. John's 1 1996 1 2003
Creighton 0 N/A 1 2000

Lacrosse

Big East men's lacrosse is made up of charter members Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, and Villanova, as well as Denver. NCAA regulations state that there must be six teams for a league to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, and since Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Seton Hall, and Xavier only field club teams, the Big East had to look elsewhere. Both Denver and Johns Hopkins were rumored as targets for potential invitation and Denver was ultimately invited to join the Big East as a lacrosse-only member. Denver joined the Big East as one of the hottest teams in the country; at the time of the relaunch of the Big East in July 2013, the Pioneers had made six NCAA Tournament appearances in the previous eight seasons and had appeared in two Final Fours in the previous three seasons. The University of Denver houses most of its other sports in The Summit League; most of that league's other teams are closer to that school's Denver campus than the bulk of the Big East. There is still uncertainty to whether or not Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Seton Hall, UConn, or Xavier will elevate their programs from the club level, or if any other programs will receive lacrosse-only invitations.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner-up NCAA Bids
2014 Denver Denver Villanova Denver (Final Four)
2015 Denver Denver Georgetown Denver (National Champion)
2016 Denver Marquette Denver Denver (First round), Marquette (First round)
2017 Denver Marquette Providence Denver (Final Four), Marquette (First round)
2018 Denver Georgetown Denver Denver (Quarter-finals), Georgetown (First round), Villanova (First round)
2019 Denver Georgetown Denver Georgetown (First round)
2020 Season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

NCAA National Championships

School NCAA Champion Years NCAA Runner-up Years
Denver 1 2015 0 N/A

Baseball

Big East full member schools Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, Seton Hall, St. John's, UConn, Villanova and Xavier all field men's baseball teams. DePaul and Marquette have never fielded Big East baseball teams, while Providence fielded one until 1999 when it was dropped and later replaced with lacrosse.

Year Regular Season Tournament NCAA Bids
2014 Creighton Xavier Xavier
2015 St. John's St. John's St. John's
2016 Xavier Xavier Xavier
2017 Creighton Xavier Xavier, St. John's
2018 St. John's St. John's St. John's
2019 Creighton Creighton Creighton
2020 Season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Swimming and Diving

Big East men's swimming & diving is made up entirely of charter conference members, with UConn being a charter member of the 1979 incarnation, Xavier a charter member of the 2013 incarnation, and Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, and Villanova being charter members of both versions. However, UConn announced shortly before rejoining the Big East that it would cut men's swimming & diving along with men's cross country, men's tennis, and women's rowing effective in July 2021. Butler cut men's swimming & diving in 2007, when they also cut lacrosse. St. John's cut men's swimming & diving in 2003 due to Title IX, when they also cut women's swimming & diving, football, men's cross country, men's indoor track & field, and men's outdoor track & field and added men's lacrosse. The Big East Conference originally started sponsoring men's swimming & diving in 1979.

The Big East Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships have been held at some of the most prestigious pools in the United States. These pools include: Indiana University Natatorium, which has hosted multiple NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships and multiple United States Olympic Swimming Trials and United States Olympic Diving Trials; Nassau County Aquatic Center, which has hosted NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships and the International Goodwill Games; and University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool, which hosted a total of 17 Big East Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. Out of the current members, Xavier has won a total of five Big East Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, while Villanova and Seton Hall have each won two.

Year Tournament Champion Tournament Runner-up
2014 Xavier Georgetown
2015 Xavier Georgetown
2016 Xavier Georgetown
2017 Seton Hall Georgetown
2018 Seton Hall Villanova
2019 Xavier Georgetown
2020 Xavier Georgetown

Cross Country

Villanova men's cross country team won three straight NCAA National Championships in 1966, 1967 and 1968, as well as a fourth in 1970. They also finished 2nd in 1962 and 1969. Providence men's cross country team have also finished in second in 1981 and 1982.

Year Big East Champion NCAA Championship Team Entries
2013 Villanova Providence, Villanova
2014 Villanova Georgetown, Providence, Villanova
2015 Georgetown Georgetown
2016 Georgetown Georgetown, Providence
2017 Georgetown None
2018 Georgetown Villanova
2019 Villanova None

NCAA National Championships

School NCAA Champion Years NCAA Runner-up Years
Villanova 4 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970 2 1962, 1969
Providence 0 N/A 2 1981, 1982

Women's sports

Women's sponsored sports by school
School Basketball Cross
Country
Field
Hockey
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
(Indoor)
Track
& Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total
Big East
Sports
Butler Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Creighton Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY 7
DePaul Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Georgetown Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
Marquette Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Providence Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
St. John's Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Seton Hall Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY 8
UConn Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Villanova Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Xavier Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 11 11 4+4[a] 6 5+1[b] 11 9 7 11 9 9 11 104+5
  1. ^ Associates Liberty, Old Dominion, Quinnipiac, and Temple.
  2. ^ Associate member Denver.
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big East Conference which are played by Big East schools
School Fencing Ice Hockey Rowing Sailing[a] Water polo
Creighton No No West Coast Conference No No
Georgetown No No Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association No
Providence No Hockey East No No No
St. John's Independent No No No No
UConn No Hockey East Colonial Athletic Association[b] No No
Villanova No No Colonial Athletic Association No Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
  1. ^ Sailing is not an NCAA-sanctioned sport, instead being governed by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.
  2. ^ UConn will drop women's rowing after the 2020-21 season.[54]

Basketball

Year Regular Season Champion Player of the Year Tournament Champion Tournament MVP NCAA Tournament Bids
2013-14 DePaul Marissa Janning (Creighton) DePaul Jasmine Penny (DePaul) DePaul
2014-15 DePaul, Seton Hall Brittany Hrynko (DePaul) DePaul Megan Podkowa (DePaul) DePaul, Seton Hall
2015-16 DePaul Chanise Jenkins (DePaul) St. John's Aliyyah Handford (St. John's) DePaul, St. John's, Seton Hall
2016-17 Creighton, DePaul Brooke Schulte (DePaul) Marquette Amani Wilborn (Marquette) Creighton, DePaul, Marquette
2017-18 DePaul, Marquette Allazia Blockton (Marquette) DePaul Amarah Coleman (DePaul) DePaul (#5 Spokane), Marquette (#8 Lexington), Villanova (#9 Spokane), Creighton (#11 Kansas City)
2018-19 Marquette Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette) DePaul Chante Stonewall (DePaul) Marquette (#5 Chicago), DePaul (#6 Chicago)
2019-20 DePaul Jaylyn Agnew (Creighton) DePaul Lexi Held (DePaul) NCAA Tournament canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Field Hockey

The Big East began sponsoring field hockey in 1989, but conference records only indicate that a postseason tournament was held; the first recorded season of full league play was 1993, with Boston College, UConn, Georgetown, Providence, Syracuse, and Villanova participating. Georgetown left Big East field hockey after the 1994 season, and was replaced by incoming Big East member Rutgers. The next change in field hockey membership came in 2005, when BC left for the ACC and was replaced by Louisville. Georgetown returned its field hockey program to the Big East the next year, after which the conference's field hockey membership remained unchanged until the 2013 conference split. Shortly before the split, Old Dominion was set to join the original Big East as a field hockey associate.[55]

The conference split left both successor leagues--the reconfigured Big East and The American--with too few field hockey members to qualify for an automatic NCAA tournament berth. As a result, both leagues agreed that only the "new" Big East would sponsor the sport, and that all American members with field hockey programs would become associates. Accordingly, the Big East field hockey conference would now be made up of Big East full members Georgetown, Providence, and Villanova; American members UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, and Temple; and Old Dominion, otherwise a member of Conference USA. Following the 2014 departure of Louisville and Rutgers for all-sports membership in conferences that sponsored field hockey (respectively the ACC and Big Ten), Big East field hockey operated with six members until Liberty and Quinnipiac joined as associate members in 2016.

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2013 UConn UConn UConn, Old Dominion
2014 UConn UConn UConn
2015 UConn UConn UConn
2016 UConn UConn UConn
2017 UConn UConn UConn
2018 UConn UConn UConn
2019 UConn UConn UConn

NCAA National Championships

The only honors listed here are those earned by Big East field hockey members while playing the sport in the conference. In addition to these:

  • UConn had two national titles and two runner-up finishes as a member of the original Big East, but before the conference established a field hockey league.
  • Old Dominion had nine national titles and three runner-up finishes before joining Big East field hockey.
School NCAA Champion Years NCAA Runner-up Years
UConn 3 2013, 2014, 2017 0 N/A

Soccer

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2013 Marquette Marquette DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, St. John's
2014 DePaul DePaul DePaul, Georgetown
2015 St. John's Butler Butler, Georgetown, St. John's
2016 Marquette, DePaul Georgetown Georgetown, Marquette
2017 Georgetown Georgetown Butler, Georgetown
2018 Georgetown Georgetown Georgetown
2019 Xavier Xavier Georgetown, Xavier

Softball

Nine Big East members sponsor softball, with Marquette and Xavier as the exceptions. The original Big East first sponsored the sport in the 1990 season.

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids
2014 DePaul DePaul DePaul
2015 St. John's St. John's St. John's
2016 DePaul Butler Butler
2017 St. John's DePaul DePaul
2018 DePaul DePaul DePaul
2019 St. John's DePaul DePaul
2020 Season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Swimming and Diving

Big East women's swimming & diving is made up of charter members Butler, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, UConn, Villanova and Xavier (UConn was a charter member of the original Big East, but not of its 2013 version). St. John's cut women's swimming & diving in 2003 due to Title IX, when they also cut men's swimming & diving, football, men's cross country, men's indoor track & field, and men's outdoor track & field and added men's lacrosse. The Big East Conference originally started sponsoring women's swimming & diving in 1981-82, the same season in which the NCAA began sponsoring women's sports.

The Big East Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships have been held at some of the most prestigious pools in the United States. These pools include: Indiana University Natatorium, which has hosted multiple NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships and multiple United States Olympic Swimming Trials and United States Olympic Diving Trials; Nassau County Aquatic Center, which has hosted NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships and the International Goodwill Games; and University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool, which hosted a total of 17 Big East Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Out of the current members, Villanova has won a total of twelve Big East Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

Year Tournament Champion Tournament Runner-up
2014 Villanova Georgetown
2015 Villanova Georgetown
2016 Villanova Georgetown
2017 Villanova Georgetown
2018 Villanova Georgetown
2019 Villanova Xavier
2020 Villanova Georgetown

Volleyball

All full members of the Big East sponsor women's volleyball. However, during the first season of the reconfigured Big East in 2013, Providence was an affiliate member of the America East Conference. The Friars joined Big East volleyball in 2014 after completing their contractual obligation to the America East.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner-up NCAA Bids
2013 Marquette Marquette Creighton Creighton, Marquette
2014 Creighton Creighton Seton Hall Creighton, Marquette, Seton Hall
2015 Creighton Creighton Villanova Creighton, Marquette, Villanova
2016 Creighton Creighton Xavier Creighton, Marquette
2017 Creighton Creighton Marquette Creighton, Marquette
2018 Creighton Creighton Marquette Creighton, Marquette
2019 Creighton St. John's Marquette Creighton, Marquette, St. John's

Cross Country

The Providence women's cross country team have been crowned NCAA National Champions in 1995 and 2013, as well as finishing 2nd in 1990 and 2012. The Villanova women's cross country team won two straight NCAA National Championships in 2009 and 2010 and six straight NCAA National Championships in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994. Villanova runners also won an individual NCAA National Championship in 1998, as well as placing 3rd in 1995, 2nd in 1996 and 3rd in 2011. The Georgetown women's cross country team were NCAA National Champions in 2011.

Year Big East Champion NCAA Championship Team Entries
2013 Providence Butler, Georgetown, Providence, Villanova
2014 Georgetown Georgetown, Providence
2015 Providence Georgetown, Providence, Villanova
2016 Providence Providence, Villanova
2017 Villanova Providence, Villanova
2018 Villanova None
2019 Butler None

NCAA National Championships

School NCAA Champion Years NCAA Runner-up Years
Villanova 9 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2009, 2010 1 1996
Providence 2 1995, 2013 2 1990, 2012
Georgetown 1 2011 0 N/A

Lacrosse

The Big East began sponsoring women's lacrosse in the 2001 season with Boston College, UConn, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech. The original lineup stayed in place until Virginia Tech and BC left for the ACC, respectively in 2004 and 2005. The conference replaced BC with Loyola (Maryland) for the 2006 season, and the Greyhounds remained an associate member until the school joined the Patriot League, which already sponsored women's lacrosse, in 2013. Originally, the conference championship was decided solely by league play; a postseason tournament was added starting in the 2007 season with the top four teams qualifying, a format that exists to this day. The next changes in women's lacrosse membership came in the 2009 season, when Cincinnati and Louisville (both of which had only added varsity lacrosse for the 2008 season)[56][57] brought their teams into the Big East. Villanova followed in the 2010 season.[58]

As in the case of field hockey, the 2013 conference split left the Big East and The American with too few lacrosse teams for an automatic NCAA bid. Also in a parallel with field hockey, the two conferences agreed that only the reconfigured Big East would sponsor the sport, with all women's lacrosse teams from The American becoming associate members. The first season of women's lacrosse in the reconfigured league in 2014 would thus include Cincinnati, UConn, Georgetown, Louisville, new varsity team Marquette, Rutgers, Temple, and Villanova. The Big East would lose Louisville and Rutgers after that season, respectively to the ACC and Big Ten, replacing them with Florida and Vanderbilt (the only two SEC schools sponsoring the sport) after the demise of the American Lacrosse Conference.[58]

For the 2017 season, Butler added varsity women's lacrosse and Denver brought its women's lacrosse team into the league, giving the Big East 10 members in the sport. However, after the 2018 season, the Big East lost all of its women's lacrosse associate members except Denver to the new women's lacrosse conference of The American. The Big East retained its automatic NCAA tournament bid for the 2019 season and beyond by adding Old Dominion, already an associate member in field hockey.

On April 16, 2020, Old Dominion announced its women's lacrosse would join the American Athletic Conference in the 2021 season (2020-21 school year), essentially swapping places with incoming full member UConn. Both conferences thus maintained the six members required for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.[40]

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner-up NCAA Bids
2014 Louisville Louisville Georgetown Louisville, Georgetown (both Second Round)
2015 Florida, Georgetown Florida UConn Florida (Second round)
2016 Florida Florida Temple Florida (Second round)
2017 Florida Florida Denver Florida (Second round)
2018 Florida Florida Denver Florida (Quarter-finals), Denver (Second round), Georgetown (First round)
2019 Denver Georgetown Denver Georgetown (Second round), Denver (Quarter-finals)
2020 Season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

NCAA Team Championships

This list includes NCAA championships won by members of the Big East. Excluded from this list are all national championships earned outside the scope of NCAA competition, including ICSA sailing championships (14 by Georgetown), women's AIAW championships (2 by Old Dominion), equestrian titles (0), and retroactive Helms Athletic Foundation titles (1 by St. John's).

School Nickname Total Men Women Co-ed
UConn Huskies 22 6 16 0
Villanova Wildcats 20 11 9 0
Georgetown Hoyas 3 2 1 0
Providence Friars 3 1 2 0
St. John's Red Storm 2 1 0 1
Denver Pioneers 1 1 0 0
Marquette Golden Eagles 1 1 0 0
Butler Bulldogs 0 0 0 0
Creighton Bluejays 0 0 0 0
DePaul Blue Demons 0 0 0 0
Seton Hall Pirates 0 0 0 0
Xavier Musketeers 0 0 0 0

Facilities

School Soccer stadium Cap. Basketball arena(s) Cap. Baseball park Cap. Softball park Cap. Lacrosse stadium Cap.
Full Members
Butler Sellick Bowl 7,500[a] Hinkle Fieldhouse 9,100 Bulldog Park 500 Butler Softball Field 500 Varsity Field N/A
Creighton Morrison Stadium 6,000 M: CHI Health Center Omaha
W: D. J. Sokol Arena
18,320
2,950
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha 24,505 Creighton Sports Complex 1,000 Non-lacrosse school
DePaul Wish Field 1,000 M&W: Wintrust Arena
W: McGrath-Phillips Arena
10,387
3,000
Non-baseball school Cacciatore Stadium 1,000 Non-lacrosse school
Georgetown Shaw Field 1,625 M: Capital One Arena
W: McDonough Gymnasium
20,035
2,500
Shirley Povich Field 1,500 Nats Academy 200 Cooper Field 2,500
Marquette Valley Fields 1,600 M: Fiserv Forum
W: Al McGuire Center
18,850
4,000
Non-baseball school Non-softball school Time Warner Cable Stadium
Hart Park Stadium
Valley Fields
7,000
5,500
1600
Providence Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium 3,000 M: Dunkin' Donuts Center
W: Alumni Hall
12,400
1,854
Non-baseball school Glay Field 500 Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium 3,000
Seton Hall Owen T. Carroll Field 1,800 M: Prudential Center
W: Walsh Gymnasium
18,711
2,600
Owen T. Carroll Field 600 Essex County
Mike Shepard, Sr. Field
300 Non-lacrosse school
St. John's Belson Stadium 2,168 M: Madison Square Garden
M&W: Carnesecca Arena [b]
19,979
5,602
Jack Kaiser Stadium 3,500 Red Storm Field 250 DaSilva Memorial Field 1,200
UConn Joseph J. Morrone Stadium 5,100 Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
XL Center
10,167
15,564
Elliot Ballpark 1,500 Connecticut Softball Stadium 2,000 George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex 2,000
Villanova Villanova Soccer Complex 1,500 M&W: Wells Fargo Center
M&W: Finneran Pavilion [c]
20,328
6,500
Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth 300[59] Villanova Softball Complex 250 Villanova Stadium 12,500
Xavier Xavier University Soccer Complex 1,000 Cintas Center 10,250 J. Page Hayden Field 500 Non-softball school Non-lacrosse school
Associate Members
Denver Member only for men's and women's lacrosse Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium 2,000

Notes:

  1. ^ Approximate total capacity including grass seating; seated capacity is 5,647.
  2. ^ St. John's men generally play their Big East home schedule in Madison Square Garden and their non-conference home schedule on campus at Carnesecca Arena.
  3. ^ For certain high-profile home games, Villanova uses the Wells Fargo Center, and previously used the Spectrum. In 2005-06, Villanova played three home games at the Wells Fargo Center and the rest on campus at The Pavilion. In 2006, the Wells Fargo Center was also a first-round site for the NCAA Tournament. Under NCAA rules, a venue is not considered a home court unless a school plays four or more regular-season games there; this enabled Villanova to play its first two tournament games at the Wells Fargo Center (but Villanova was not considered the host school for that sub-region - the Atlantic 10 Conference was). This situation occurred again in 2009, with Villanova playing (and winning) its first two tournament games at Wells Fargo Center.

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