Athletic directors at four major Eastern independent basketball powers, including Georgetown, will decide within the next month whether to start a new league that could begin play as early as this coming season.
Other charter members of the proposed conference would be Porvidence, Syracuse and St. John's, said Dave Gavitt, Providence athletic director and major leader of the effort.
Gavitt said yesterday that the four schools probably would need at least two more organizational meetings before making a decision. Providence and Georgetown are the two principal supporters of the proposed league, which Gavitt said would be "an enthusiastic new look, in a sense a way to dominate the East."
The league would need six members to qualify for consideration for an automatic bid to the NCAA basketball tournament.
There is a two-year waiting period and certain other qualifications, including a minimum number of sports in which a league sponsors championships, before an automatic bid can be awarded. The proposed league's teams could qualify until then as at-large entrants.
Gavitt said that no other schools had been formally involved in the league's organizational meetings. But he said other school "had contacted us individually."
Among schools reportedly interested in the porposed conference are Boston College, Holy Cross, Seton Hall, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The organizers reportedly felt out Rutgers, Villanova and Temple about whether they would be interested in jumping to another league.