Big East hires Aresco as its commissioner

CBS executive vice president Mike Aresco has reported been named the new commissioner of the Big East. (AP Photo/CBS Sports, John P. Filo)

The Big East has hired CBS executive vice president Mike Aresco as its commissioner.

Aresco, who becomes the conference's fourth commissioner, will be formally introduced Wednesday during a press conference in New York. He replaces John Marinatto, who resigned in May after fewer than three years as commissioner.

"We are fortunate to have Mike Aresco as our new commissioner,"  University of Cincinnati president Greg Williams said in a press release. Williams was the chair of the commissioner search committee.

"His breadth of experience and depth of knowledge in intercollegiate athletics will continue to move the Big East forward on a successful path," Williams added.  "The Big East has enjoyed a great history.  Mike Aresco will help assure the conference of a vibrant future.”

Aresco was a vice president in charge of programming at CBS since 1996. During his tenure, he negotiated the network's 15-year deal with the SEC. He also managed CBS's contract negotiations with the NCAA for the rights to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

During Marinatto's tenure, the Big East dealt with several defections due to conference realignment. West Virginia left for the Big 12. Pittsburgh and Syracuse will leave for the Atlantic Coast Conference as early as 2013.

Marinatto was criticized by some for his management style and handling of the realignment process.