Big East needs vision, not a puppet

It is worth nothing that, on the November 2008 day that the Big East presidents and chancellors named John Marinatto as their new commissioner, it was a unanimous decision.

This was not a coup or hostile takeover. He was chosen for the job, awarded like loyal foot soldiers often are. Or at least were back in the day when there were such things as loyal foot soldiers.

And that was the Big East's crucial mistake.

The presidents made a rear-view window hire when the league desperately needed someone who could look into a crystal ball.

Now a once proud conference is in shambles because of it.

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