Big East selects CBS exec Aresco as new commissioner
Providence, RI (Sports Network) - The Big East has found a new commissioner, naming CBS executive Mike Aresco to the post.
Aresco, who will take over in early September, had been with CBS since 1996 and was in charge of managing the network's college programming. He has also negotiated the contract with the NCAA for the men's basketball tournament.
"We had many outstanding candidates, but we are fortunate to have Mike Aresco as our new commissioner," said Greg Williams, University of Cincinnati president and chair of the commissioner search committee. "His breadth of experience and depth of knowledge in intercollegiate athletics will continue to move the Big East forward on a successful path. The Big East has enjoyed a great history. Mike Aresco will help assure the conference of a vibrant future."
The Big East is a conference in transition. West Virginia defected for the Big 12 this year and longtime members Syracuse and Pittsburgh will leave next year for the ACC.
Reinforcements are already on the way. Temple will rejoin the league in football this fall and will become a full conference member for 2013-14. Boise State and San Diego State were added as football-only members with Memphis, Central Florida, Houston and SMU joining for all sports starting in 2013-14. Navy will also join for football in 2015.
Aresco will replace John Marinatto, who resigned in May after nearly three years on the job. Joe Bailey had been running the day-to-day operations as interim commissioner.
"The presidents have acted very responsibly," said Bailey. "They have appointed a leader with integrity, intelligence and energy."
Prior to his time at CBS, Aresco was part of ESPN's college programming department.
08/14 14:11:07 ET