Several outlets are reporting Thursday the seven Big East basketball-only schools are preparing to break away from the conference, which could set off the next wave of realignment in college sports.
It has been speculated for months the basketball schools might leave as Big East football desperately attempts to survive in an ever-changing landscape.
The New York Post reported the decision would come Thursday while other outlets reported it would not.
The basketball-only schools are Georgetown, DePaul, Marquette, St. John's, Providence, Seton Hall and Villanova.
Big East football has been in all-out scramble mode since Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College bolted for the Atlantic Conference. Miami and Virginia Tech left after 2003 season while Boston College left after 2004.
More recently, Rutgers announced it was leaving for the Big Ten in 2014 while Louisville is departing for the Atlantic Coast Conference.