Per Stu Jackson, Sr Assoc Commissioner, for Men's and Women's basketball, the Big East will meet the new rules implemented by the Power 5.— Dirkus Callahan (@DirkusBH) August 12, 2014
Because if you can't trust Dirkus Callahan, who can you trust?
This is obviously both big news and good news for Musketeer fans. The number one concern when this was announced was that Xavier would lose recruiting leverage against schools in the Power Five and end up being a step behind in talent acquisition. One of Coach Mack's best skills is his ability to recruit, and to hamstring that would have put the team behind the eight ball before things even began.
Assuming the above tweet is correct - and it certainly follows the prevailing thought that the Big East would indeed meet the Power Five rules - X will not only be recruiting on a level playing field with the big dogs but also have a leg up on teams from any conference that does not meet the Power Five rules. This was the first domino to drop; the next will be to see in more minor conferences like the AAC and the A-10 follow suit or get left behind.