Here’s your confirmation of John Marinatto’s resignation as conference commissioner.
“After a great deal of thought and prayer, I have decided to step down as Commissioner of the Big East conference and formally advised our Board of Directors. I have been associated with this league for my entire adult life, and have had the tremendous honor of serving as its Commissioner since 2009. Our recent expansion efforts have stabilized the Conference for the long term, and we are likewise well positioned for our very important upcoming television negotiations. As a result, I felt this was the right time to step aside, and to let someone else lead us through the next chapter of our evolution. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish, and would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank both our membership and my staff for their unwavering encouragement, support and loyalty — especially during this past year. I am extremely confident about the future of this league that I love very much.”
Dr. Judy Genshaft, president of South Florida university and chairwoman of the Big East conference
“I know I speak for the entire Conference when I express my sincere gratitude to John for his leadership and dedicated years of service. John helped build the BIG EAST into what it is today, and played a critical role in our successful expansion efforts, and for all of that we thank him.”
Joseph Bailey III, interim commissioner of the Big East
“The BIG EAST has a terrific future. I’m excited to participate in shaping a new structure and strategic plans for the Conference, and I look forward to engaging on these matters with the leadership of all of the Conference’s members, old and new alike.”
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