By Henry Ashby
“Few individuals are more closely associated with our conference than Coach Thompson,” Big East commissioner Val Ackerman said during today’s media day. “He quite literally put the Big East on the map and so we’re very, very grateful to the Thompson family for allowing us to honor his memory in this way.
“We hope that the award will provide additional inspiration and motivation and carry forward the principles that coach Thompson fought for. And in that way allow us, as an organization, to be part of the change in bringing about a more equitable society.”