Newport, Rhode Island is the home of Big East Media Day in 2011 as it is every year. The fact that there is no Big East football team in the state of Rhode Island and the closest member school is one of it's basketball-only programs speaks to the way the conference has conducted business for much of its existence.
The addition of TCU to the conference is still a year away but there are plenty of intriguing story-lines that make "the other BCS Conference" compelling in 2011. And all of those storylines, as well as the coaches, players and programs they're about, will be front and center Tuesday.
SB Nation's all-things Big East blog, Big East Coast Bias, will be on hand Tuesday for media day and they've got plenty of questions in mind already.
Commissioner Marinatto - I'd like to hear the commissioner address the obvious questions about expansion. Is the conference really considering twelve teams and a divisional split with a conference championship game in football? If so, is Marinatto considering football only membership options to reach that number without expanding the already enormous 17 team basketball league? I'd like to get his thoughts on what is happening with the Big XII and does he think it's wise to expand now if its possible that the Big XII could disintegrate in the near future. I want to hear about the media day and the possibility of a Big East Network. I'd also like to hear him weigh in on full cost of attendance scholarship proposals, especially since the Big East is home to several smaller schools for which such a commitment would be quite a burden.
Read the rest of their pre-media day thoughts and questions here.
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