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Big East schools' self-confidence puts Tranghese at ease

Updated: June 5, 2008, 6:58 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

In 1979, the first employee the Big East hired was Mike Tranghese. Nearly 30 years later, the last employee the Big East needs to retire is Mike Tranghese, who announced Thursday that he will do just that after the 2008-09 academic year.

Tranghese is the man who kept the conference alive after Miami and Virginia Tech left in 2004, and again after Boston College left a year later. He is the man who cobbled together a 16-school conference in which only eight of the schools play football. ...

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