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UPDATE: Marquette among schools leaving Big East

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The seven Big East schools that don't play FBS football have decided to leave the conference and pursue a new basketball framework.

The presidents of the seven schools made the announcement Saturday, saying it was a unanimous vote.

The move leaves Connecticut, a founding member of the league in 1979, Cincinnati and South Florida -- three current members with FBS football programs -- up in the air concerning their futures.

The seven schools are: Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova, DePaul, Marquette, Seton Hall and Providence.

The Big East is still lined up to have a 12-team football conference next season with six new members joining, including Boise State and San Diego State for football only. Rutgers and Louisville, which both announced intentions to leave the Big East, are still expected to compete in the conference next year.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Officials from the seven schools planning to break off from the Big East will hold a conference call Saturday to discuss leaving the league.

Big East's members that don't have FBS football programs have decided to split from the conference, a person familiar with the decision told the AP on Thursday.

No formal announcement has been made and the group of schools, which includes Georgetown, St. John's and Villanova, was still working on how best to go their own way. They have yet to officially inform the Big East leadership of their intentions.

Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco isn't expected to be involved in the conference call Saturday.

The other non-football members of the Big East are DePaul, Marquette, Seton Hall and Providence.

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