New interim Big East Commissioner Joe Bailey made it very clear during his introductory teleconference he has no plans of keeping the job long-term.
Bailey decided to take the position as interim Big East Commissioner shortly after former Commissioner John Marinatto resigned. Reportedly, Marinatto left because the league’s presidents wanted him out.
That request by the presidents shouldn’t have come as a surprise considering all of the changes in the conference over the past year. The league lost Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. In return, the Big East added eight schools and now spans all the way from Hartford, Connecticut to San Diego, California.
“It is going through some significant changes and everyone feels when something is going thought changes it’s for the better,” said Bailey during Wednesday’s teleconference. “I’ve heard people are enthusiastic about the Big East and they’re enthusiastic about the people being brought in to look at the Big East as it moves forward.”
Bailey is the former CEO of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and says the search process for the new commissioner will take between three and four months.
One of the major issues for the conference will be negotiating the league’s new television deal. Bailey says he won’t be involved with the negotiations.
Also, with automatic qualifications to the BCS gone by 2014, there are growing concerns that Boise State and San Diego State may decide not to join the league after all. Bailey, however, downplays those concerns.
“My sense is unless you hear different there is full commitment,” said Bailey. “There’s an expectation mark and the reality mark. The reality is those schools have a belief the Big East is a really good partner for them.
“I would not want to speculate on what is going to happen with those schools,” continued Bailey. “It’s not my position to think that way. My role is a transition role and preparing this position for another person.”