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Spiders may find new port if Big East grows

Spiders may find new port if Big East grows

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The University of Richmond men’s lacrosse link to the Atlantic Sun Conference may not be long-lasting.

The Spiders are on hold, in a way, as the new Big East Conference takes shape.

Richmond, an Atlantic 10 member in basketball and most other sports since 2001, is expected to be a strong candidate if the new Big East expands from a 10-school composition to 12, growth that at some point seems likely.

The Big East will include Georgetown, Villanova, St. John’s, Providence, Seton Hall, Butler, Marquette, Creighton, Xavier and DePaul. Expansion probably won’t be formally considered until the league names a commissioner. As a 10-school group, it’s projected to be operational on July 1, when Butler, Xavier and Creighton officially join.

Saint Louis, also of the A-10, appears to be a potential addition to the Big East’s five Midwest schools, while Richmond would fit as an addition to the five Eastern schools.

Big East membership would significantly increase Richmond’s TV revenue related to men’s basketball, and enhance the school’s national profile. Villanova, Georgetown, Providence and St. John’s have men’s lacrosse programs.

John O’Connor

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