Big East Commissioner John Marinatto Thanks Big 12 With Roses
No one probably felt stronger about that statement more than Big East commissioner John Marinatto.
If the Big 12 had folded, the Big East may have soon followed in a domino effect of teams leaving for superconferences that would have changed the college landscape forever. A college landscape that may not have included the Big East.
So on Tuesday, Marinatto showed his appreciation with a small gesture. His office sent 10 red and 10 white roses to Beebe and the Big 12 conference with a card that simply read "Unity."
"The color combination signifies unity and 10 -- rather than a dozen -- represented their new membership number," Marinatto told FanHouse Wednesday.
The two leagues only have one regular season football game scheduled this fall – Oklahoma plays Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. However, teams from the Big East and Big 12 will meet in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in the next four seasons.
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