The Big East added to its management team yesterday by hiring longtime NBA executive Stu Jackson as Senior Associate Commissioner of Men's Basketball for the league.
According to the press release, Jackson will oversee men's basketball operations and strategic planning in his role.
"Few people in basketball can match Stu Jackson's experiences at all levels of the game, and we are very excited that he will bring his leadership skills and wealth of expertise to the Big East," said Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman. "We have set our sights on keeping the Big East at the forefront of college basketball, and Stu will play a critical role as our schools and coaches work to maintain top-flight programs and our student-athletes strive to fulfill their potential, both on and off the court."
Jackson was most recently working with Fox Sports 1 as a basketball analyst in the past season. Before that, he was Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA, managing the oversight of game operations, scheduling, discipline/ game conduct (which is most often when the media referred to his role), rules and rules changes (chairing the Competition Committee), officiating, data collection and analysis and technology.
Jackson has also been the President of the Vancouver Grizzlies at the inception of the franchise, a head coach of the New York Knicks, and head coach at the University of Wisconsin, where he went 32-25 in two years and got the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament. (Unfortunately, he also coached the woeful Grizzlies to a 6-33 record, dropping his career NBA win percentage under .500.)
You can follow him on Twitter @StuJackson32.
The Big East makes a splashy hire, bringing in an executive who has worked with franchises at their beginning point and with a wide range of experience.
What changes will the addition of Jackson bring?