Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said his league remains “the nation’s best” basketball conference and dismissed talk of the league’s demise. “Is the Big East dead? That’s utter nonsense,” Aresco said. “You always have a perception issue to deal with and that’s why we were out there, vigorously talking about what our conference is. We’re not looking back, we’re looking forward.” Aresco (pictured right) said because Notre Dame’s exit was somewhat expected, it lessened the blow of Wednesday’s announcement. The commissioner, speaking before Saturday’s Louisville-North Carolina game, focused on what the league has, not what it lost. “Nobody’s going to argue that we’re not the strongest basketball conference in the country,” Aresco said. – AP
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