For Creighton, it was another quiet day on the Eastern front.
No announcements came Thursday from officials of the new Big East as to what the next step will be in shaping the basketball-driven league. No invitations were issued to new members, of which Creighton might be one.
The presidents of the seven Catholic schools — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova — that are forming the new Big East met with their athletic directors in New York on Wednesday, according to ESPN.com.
A source that had firsthand knowledge of the meeting told ESPN.com that the league will announce new membership in seven to 10 days. The presidents also told the athletic directors that a search firm has been hired to find a new commissioner.
The new Big East will begin play in 2013-14 and will hold its postseason tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Additional members have not yet been invited, ESPN.com reported, so naming any set teams is premature. The favorites remain Xavier and Butler from the Atlantic 10 and Creighton of the Missouri Valley. Dayton and St. Louis also are candidates from the A-10, while Richmond is a long shot.