Tuesday, February 4, 2014
On New Year’s Eve, 10 private colleges took part in the (re)inauguration of BIG EAST basketball. The BIG EAST* kicked off the fall season several months earlier, but the primary purpose of the “new Big East” was basketball. If the conference was born (again) with soccer and volleyball, New Year’s basketball was its baptism.
*OK, that’s enough of that all-caps thing
As a graduate of the school on the western heel of the new Big East’s footprint, I was concerned that the new conference would neglect much of the news out of Nebraska. Just as Stephen Colbert does not see race, I do not see regionalism. However, with this anecdote, my friend showed me that it is a legitimate concern. He went to school out east and, when he introduced himself as being from Minnesota, his fellow student responded with “Oh, cool. Is that in Wisconsin?”* Almost a month has passed since the coronation of the new conference and I wanted to check in on my concerns. So, as I think to myself almost daily, thank goodness for Twitter.