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Article updated: 12/17/2012 4:49 PM

Catholic conference offers challenge, opportunity

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In this Dec. 15, 2012, file photo, Marquette plays against Savannah State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Milwaukee. As a chunk of the Big East, Marquette included, transforms itself into a mostly or even all-Catholic basketball league, the conference faces a choice: play up or play down its faith-based roots?

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As a chunk of the Big East transforms itself into a mostly or even all-Catholic basketball league, the conference faces a choice: play up or play down its faith-based roots? The conference's identity will likely lie with its core of Catholic-rooted schools. To be sure, going overboard with that identity could harm recruiting of non-Catholic students -- both athletes and non-athletes -- and limit expansion.
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