Others, off the record, agree. "There have been no overtures [to split],'' one source said. "Our basketball has a lot of value.''
As for ex-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, enlisted by the Big East to help, word is he's been concentrating on the television issues. He's led two conference calls with member schools, and he's apparently trying to accomplish what Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe did to save his conference.
In case you forgot, Beebe said no new TV deals have been struck for this league, but he had "extremely strong verification, based on our analysis with our consultants and others, and media companies themselves, that we are in a tremendous position to execute future agreements that will put our member institutions on par with any in the country."
The Big East, which, apparently, negotiated its last contract at a bad time, is last among the six BCS conferences in TV money. The Big East's TV contract is around $35-40 million. That's about $20 million behind the fifth-place Pac-10. That's $200 million behind the Big Ten.
So he's apparently working on that, as well as the possibility of a Big East network.
And finally . . .
There have been many rumors tossed around concerning WVU's supposed self-reported NCAA violations within the football program.
A Huntington paper said last weekend WVU has reported to the NCAA that two staff members in non-coaching roles - Dale Wolfley and Pat Kirkland - were performing coaching duties.
There have been many questions. Some say that investigation has just started. Others say it was investigated when the NCAA last visited in regard to the Rich Rodriguez blowback. Incoming athletic director Oliver Luck said he's "aware of the issue,'' but didn't have any details.
One source said he's "a little concerned'' about the situation, but didn't seem overly so. On the record, no WVU representative is speaking.
What I did receive was this e-mail from WVU assistant AD for communications Mike Fragale after sending an inquiry to compliance man Patrick Hairston:
"There is nothing new to report on with the NCAA investigation, and nothing new to comment on."
So there you have it. For what it's worth.
Have a nice weekend.