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Marinatto Resigns As Big East Commissioner

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John Marinatto, Big East Conference Commissioner, talks with the media after Texas Christian University accepted an invitation for full membership into the Big East Conference on November 29, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) - John Marinatto, only the third Big East commissioner in the league’s history, resigned Monday.

Marinatto, 54, has been the Big East’s commissioner since July 1, 2009, when he took over for Mike Tranghese, league head from 1990-2009. Dave Gavitt was the league’s inaugural commissioner from 1979-1990. Marinatto was asked to resign by the league’s presidents Sunday, sources said.

Joseph Bailey III, former CEO of the Miami Dolphins and currently managing director of RSR Partners, an executive recruiting firm, was named interim commissioner. Sources said that potential candidates for the next Big East commissioner include current Big East associate commissioners Nick Carparelli and Tom Odjakjian, SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack, Pac-12 deputy commissioner Kevin Weiberg, Greg Shaheen, former NCAA executive vice president for championships; Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti and Kit Morris, director of college sports at Nike.

“I have been associated with this league for my entire adult life and have had the tremendous honor of serving as its Commissioner since 2009,” Marinatto said. “Our recent expansion efforts have stabilized the Conference for the long term and we are likewise well positioned for our very important upcoming television negotiations.

“As a result, I felt this was the right time to step aside and to let someone else lead us through the next chapter of our evolution. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish and would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank both our membership and my staff for their unwavering encouragement, support and loyalty — especially during this past year. I am extremely confident about the future of this league that I love very much.”

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