Aug. 7, 2014
NEW YORK – Statement issued by BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman on the NCAA board adopting a new Division I governance structure:
“We believe the reasons behind the NCAA's governance redesign efforts are sound and that the new structure will better address student-athlete needs and keep college sports in step with the changing times.
“BIG EAST schools have a proud and proven tradition of excellence in intercollegiate athletics and are equipped to remain competitive in the pursuit of national championships, particularly in the sport of basketball. Although much of the governance discourse has focused on football, the importance of basketball to the NCAA cannot be overstated, and we look forward to remaining active participants in the new structure as the NCAA enters its next phase.”