As a result of the massive conference realignment in college sports, the “new” Big East is left without a commissioner. The new, 10-team conference features Xavier, Butler, Seton Hall, Creighton, Providence, St. John’s, Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova, and DePaul, but it has certainly been a winding road of discussion in terms of electing their “first” president.
However, ESPN.com (and Andy Katz) is reporting that former WNBA President Val Ackerman has emerged as the leading candidate for the position. It is important to note, right off the bat, that has been reported as “unclear” whether Ackerman would take the job, but on paper, she seems to be a fantastic candidate.
Ackerman was the first president of the WNBA, and has recently published a massive report detailing an organized plan to help women’s basketball in the NCAA by expanding the brand. With the focus on women’s sports increasing, Ackerman would be a fantastic choice, but her front-office accumen also separates her from other candidates.
It has been one of the weirder processes that I can recall in hiring a conference commissioner, as the league’s 10 schools have released absolutely nothing. Katz has done some fantastic reporting on the issue, and as a result, has come up with this “insider” information. Ackerman is far from being “confirmed” as the choice, but with all eyes on the opening in terms of the future of the “new” league, it is an incredibly important decision, and one that the newly-formed league can’t afford to miss on. I’m on board.