New Big East Commissioner: John Marinatto

November 12th, 2008
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The Story: The Big East conference has named John Marinatto commissioner,  replacing outgoing Mike Tranghese. Tranghese served as the commissioner for 18 years before announcing his retirement in June. Marinatto has served as the senior associate commissioner since 2002. “John Marinatto has been a critical contributor to the growth of the conference for many years and he will continue the lineage of effective leadership for the BIG EAST,” said Richard L. McCormick, President of Rutgers University and Chair of the BIG EAST Presidents. Prior to working for the Big East, Marinatto’s was the athletic director at Providence College for 14 years. He graduated from Providence College in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.  Ryter’s Block: John Marinatto has some big shoes to fill. After the likes of Boston College, Virginia Tech, and Miami all bolting for the ACC, the Big East could have been seen as a conference traveling down the wrong path. Instead, Tranghese transformed this conference into a basketball powerhouse bringing in Louisville, South Florida, Cincinnati (also football programs), DePaul, and Marquette (basketball only). Don’t forget that Marinatto was also one of Tranghese’s partners in crime during all of this. Marinatto and I share a similar background.. we both have business degrees from Providence College which also means we Friars have God on our side, and I don’t mean God Shammgod.