SPOKANE--Gonzaga could be looking to leave the West Coast Conference for a new all-Catholic school league.
Wednesday, ESPN's Andy Katz reported that Gonzaga could join the Big East as a basketball-only member, but according to USA Today, the Big East’s seven catholic institutions have decided to leave the Big East and form their own non-football league.
Those schools; which include Depaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova, are able to do so because of a bylaw that allow them to leave without paying exit fees. They could also vote to dissolve the league altogether.
The New York Daily News first reported on the possible new league, saying if it happened, they would likely invite other like-minded universities to join.
Xavier and St. Louis appear to be the first options. Other options include Gonzaga who, according to the report, has shown interest in the idea.
KREM2 News contacted GU Thursday about the reports. Associate Athletic Director Kris Kassel says they continue to monitor the situation and will do what’s in the best interest of their student athletes and the university.