Big East remains confident in continued growth

"When they called me, nobody had ever hired a pure media person," Big East commissioner Mike Aresco said. (Jessica Hill/AP)

Big East comissioner Mike Aresco released a statement Tuesday moments after the Big Ten announced that it will add Rutgers as its 14th member on July 1, 2014.

The Scarlet Knights are currently members of the Big East.

Here is Aresco's statement:

"Although we are disappointed that Rutgers has decided to leave the Big East Conference, we wish them well. They have been a valued member of the Conference for many years.

"We realize that conference realignment is currently a fact of life in college sports. In the context of this realignment, changes in our membership have been taking place, including important additions. In fact, the Big East has expanded its scope with new members in California, Texas, Florida, Idaho, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. As a result, the Big East has created a unique national football conference that is a factor in the BCS Championship, remains the nation’s strongest basketball conference top to bottom, and is a major force across the full spectrum of men’s and women’s college sports. We remain committed to, and confident in, the continued growth and vitality of the Big East Conference."