Chatting with new Big East commissioner John Marinatto
In a March
"I had to stay true to Rick's quote," he said.
After spending 14 years as athletic director at Providence and the past seven years as the Big East's senior associate commissioner, Marinatto, 51, was tapped last fall to succeed
What I'm hearing from people, interestingly, is they're looking at the [16-team league] model we created [in 2004], which we heard at the time was too big, and they're saying that the size has become a positive. People are talking about expanding to our size. It would be interesting if something we did out of necessity does become a model.
Marinatto: From a conference standpoint, we understand that the system is flawed, but until a better system comes along, we support the system that is in place. Its primary objective is to have the No. 1 and 2 teams in the country play on an annual basis. Because of the way [the bowl system] is structured, for the high number of student athletes across the country to gain a postseason experience, does it work? Yes, it works. Is it perfect? No, it's not perfect, but there is no quote-unquote "better" system we can implement that would accomplish what we across college football want to accomplish.
On the women's side, we talked about how we can get the women's tournament [in Hartford, Conn.] to where the men's tournament is in terms of attendance and enthusiasm like we have at the Garden. Even though it is the No. 1-attended women's tournament, we want to sell it out completely.