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Marquette AD "Not Pleased" at Process of Tulane to Big East

It is clear that the addition of Tulane to the Big East did not bring a smile to the face of Marquette AD Larry Williams.It is clear that the addition of Tulane to the Big East did not bring a smile to the face of Marquette AD Larry Williams.

The athletic director at Marquette University expressed his displeasure over the process that landed Tulane in the Big East Conference in a radio interview Tuesday night.

Larry Williams told 540 ESPN in Milwaukee that he was not part of the discussion about adding Tulane and that the effect on the league in basketball was not considered.

"I was not pleased that we issued an invitation to Tulane without any diligence to what effect that would have on our basketball product, the draw on our RPI and other such things," Williams said. "I was disappointed that I wasn't able to participate as a member of the conference in the deliberation that went into adding that.

"There might be well articulated and very deep reasons why you would do it otherwise. But dog-gone-it, I'm not concerned about that. I'm concerned about making sure that Marquette is in a position that it can take advantage of the great investment it's made in being successful in basketball."

Officials from the seven non-football-playing members of the Big East reportedly met in New York earlier this week to discuss their options. Williams said his counterparts at the other six schools feel similarly, to "varying degrees."

"Part of this is just everybody's uneasy with all these questions that everybody's got in their own minds," Williams said. "There was something really cool about the Big East. You could rely on it to get six or eight or nine bids in a year.

"It was home. Now that home has been sort of changed, and somebody came and put new furniture in, and boy, do we still fit here is what everyone is sort of thinking about."