"These are such big decisions and these aren't short-term decisions," Carparelli said. "These are potentially lifetime decisions and you don't want to make those quickly."
The other major issue at the meeting could be the format for the men's basketball tournament. The past three years have seen all 16 teams invited as the top four teams receive a two-round bye and the next four teams receive a one-round bye. The coaches haven't liked it because they believe the two-round byes are not a great benefit. They contend the top seeds that aren't sharp in their first game and play a team that won and gathered momentum the day before.
At the meetings last May the men's coaches voted unanimously to break from that format. They proposed a system in which the first day had games between teams seeded Nos. 1 and 16, Nos. 2 and 15, Nos. 3 and 14 and Nos. 4 and 13. The winners would receive a bye on the second day when games would be between Nos. 5 and 12, Nos. 6 and 11, Nos. 7 and 10 and Nos. 8 and 9.
Despite that vote and suggestion, the conference presidents voted against the proposal when they met last fall.
"It's on the agenda, but we talk about the tournament format really every year in some way, shape or form," said Dan Gavitt, the conference's associate commissioner for basketball. "It'll be no different this year, but we don't have to make a decision at this meeting, nor would we because any type of decision would have to be run by the presidents and they won't be there."
Even if the coaches vote to change and the president's approve, it could be a temporary fix. TCU will add to what is already the largest conference going when it joins for the 2012-13 season. The Horned Frogs would become the 17th basketball school and odd numbers are harder to accommodate if the Big East wants to continue to invite all its teams to Madison Square Garden.
"If you do something now, you might have to do something again, too," Gavitt said. "We're going to have 17 members in two years time, so there's going to be a real question about that at some point."
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