Big East to name new commissioner

The Big East Conference has scheduled an 11 a.m. announcement, but numerous media outlets are reporting that associate commissioner John Marinatto will replace Mike Tranghese as Big East commissioner.

Marinatto is a former sports information director and athletic director at Providence College, and has close ties with U of L basketball coach Rick Pitino.

He has been with the Big East Conference since 2002.

Here’s the Associated Press report:

NEW YORK (AP) — The Big East will promote senior associate commissioner John Marinatto to replace Mike Tranghese, who is retiring after 19 years leading the conference.

A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Marinatto would be introduced Wednesday as the Big East’s third commissioner. The person requested anonymity because the official announcement had yet to be made.

The 64-year-old Tranghese became commissioner in 1990, replacing Dave Gavitt. Tranghese announced in June he would step down in a year.

The Big East has scheduled an 11 a.m. teleconference “to make a significant announcement concerning the direction of the conference.”

Marinatto, who oversees the conference’s finances, has been with Big East for seven seasons, serving as Tranghese’s second-in-command. Before moving to the Big East, Marinatto was athletic director at Providence College.

Among those strongly considered for the job was former Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg.


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