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In 'Requiem for the Big East,' the wrong kind of March Madness
In 'Requiem for the Big East,' the wrong kind of March Madness

NEW YORK —   Any college basketball fan worth their bracket fee will recall the many glorious years of the Big East, from the colorful '80's teams of John Thompson and Lou Carnesecca to, in recent years, the highly competitive games between the likes of Louisville and UConn. They'll also remember the inglorious end to what was once the strongest conference in the nation: desertions by Syracuse and Pitt to the ACC and the splintering of UConn and Louisville into the new AAC, all leading to the decimation of the once-proud league. That rise and fall —   and the unavoidable role of TV money in both —   is chronicled by Ezra Edelman in...

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