Patrick Ewing

Let's raise a toast to the Big East; it's been a great ride

It’s been a slow death, agonizing to watch for those of us who remember what the Big East represented when it started some 30 years ago. It's been confusing to follow the almost constant updates over the past 14 months since Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they were leaving for the ACC. To say that league founder Dave Gavitt is turning over in his grave is an understatement. The Big East emerged on the college basketball scene making a lot of noise. It had big-name coaches, high-profile players and a commissioner in Gavitt who ascribed to the P.T. Barnum school of thought that any publicity was good publicity. I can remember covering back-to-back Big East games early on...