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Memphis heading to Big East in 2013

Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:24 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 7:01 pm
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Memphis has accepted an offer to join the Big East Conference in all sports in 2013, college football industry sources told CBSSports.com.

The Tigers will join the Big East with three other Conference USA members – Houston, SMU and UCF – for the 2013-14 school year. The Big East also will add Boise State and San Diego State as football-only members in 2013 and Navy in 2015.

Memphis will hold a press conference Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET in the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame Assembly Room to officially announce the move to the Big East.

When contacted by CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish about the move to the Big East Monday, Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson declined comment.

While the addition of Memphis is for all sports, the Tigers' men's basketball program would help offset the future losses of men’s basketball powers Syracuse, West Virginia and Pittsburgh.

When Memphis joins the league, it’s unknown what the Big East’s football and basketball membership will consist of. That’s because West Virginia appears it will join the Big 12 this summer and will not honor the Big East’s 27-month exit requirement. However, both WVU and the Big East have filed lawsuits against each other and a Rhode Island judge ordered the parties into non-binding mediation with a deadline of Thursday.

If West Virginia is allowed to leave early, sources told CBSSports.com that Pittsburgh and Syracuse also would try to leave for the ACC but not until 2013. Although sources said it’s “technically not too late” for Pitt and Syracuse to join the ACC for the 2012 season, the two schools will remain in the Big East in 2012, but would likely negotiate to join the ACC in 2013, a year ahead of schedule.

On Friday, the ACC announced that Pitt would compete in the Coastal Division and Syracuse in the Atlantic Division when it joins the ACC.

ACC commissioner John Swofford would not speculate whether his league would help Pitt and Syracuse financially to leave the Big East before 2014, but told CBSSports.com “our position continues to be that we want to prepare ourselves when they’re ready and it’s appropriate for them to join us.”

If Pitt and Syracuse leave in 2013, then the Big East could be left with 11 football members – Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida, UCF, Houston, SMU, Boise State, San Diego State and Memphis. Also the league would have 17 basketball members: Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida, UCF, Houston, SMU, Memphis, Notre Dame, Marquette, Georgetown, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Villanova, Providence and DePaul.

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Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 9:09 pm
 

Memphis heading to Big East in 2013

I think the Big East has suffered recently due to the fact that every school has turned over their coach within the past 3 seasons with the exception of Schiano and now he left. I think the additions are pretty weak. Memphis is 5-32 over the past 3 seasons. SMU cant draw 21,000 fans and is basicallly a .500 type team. Houston lost their coach and QB, UCF should have lost their coach and plays 2nd fiddle to USF, and the Big 3 in Florida. With the schools so far apart travel will make it tough for a team to show up every week and win so you will never see a team inside the top 10 on a consistent basis. 



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:57 pm
 

Memphis heading to Big East in 2013

The Big East doesn't have a powerhouse football team Boise is vying for that, but the others just aren't football programs at national championship caliber. They are AQ worthy because the mid range teams in each conference are about equal anyway, and the BE wins bowls. oddly enough.



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:02 am
 

Memphis heading to Big East in 2013

The ACC was formed in 1953 original memembers : Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina state, South Carolina and Wake forest. 7 members.
And they are all still there except South Carolina.

ACC memembers from Big East: Miami, Virgina Tech, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Syracuse. 
Funny thing about Virginia Tech is that they came from the old Metro Conference to the Big East first...same conference as Memphis, Louisville, Cincy, Depaul...etc.

Florida State, Georgia Tech and South Carolina were in the Metro as well.

Memphis' fate must be to be in a Conference right as it's about to be busted up....jeeesh!


You're argument is comparing 7 teams to 5, Not really that big of a difference is it??
Well, I do think it's a big difference. Just not a particularly important one.

Still,  more than half of the Big East is former C-USA. Where else has anything like that happened?

Go Big-USA!!





Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:30 am
 

Memphis heading to Big East in 2013


 Conference USA 2.0.  No way should the BE keep its AQ.
Yeah you're right cause the Big Each has done nothing but have wins in the bowl games that they were involved. They have had the best bowl game records or better than most of the conferences that have played.

Bowl records by conference:


                 BE     Con USA     BTen     ACC      PAC

2011 -       3-2       4-1          4-6       2-6       2-5

2010 -       4-2       2-4          3-5       4-5       2-2

2009 -       4-2       2-4          4-3       3-4       2-5

2008 -       3-2       3-1          1-5       4-6       5-0

2007 -       3-2       2-4          3-5       2-6       4-2

2006 -       5-0       1-4          2-5       4-4       3-3

Who would deserve the AQ based on your argument?
 



Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:05 am
 

Memphis heading to Big East in 2013

Louisville, Cincinnati have been in the Big East since 06; South Florida Big East member already; Depaul, Marquette have been Big East in Basketball for some time now. So now they are joinning in football. In your logic the ACC took Miami, VT, BC, Pitt and now Syracuse....................Should they rename that conference too??? 
The difference is that there are now more former CUSA members in the Big East than there are original founding members of that conference.

The ACC still has more original members and far fewer defections. Hence the Big USA designation.



The ACC was formed in 1953 original memembers : Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina state, South Carolina and Wake forest. 7 members.

ACC memembers from Big East: Miami, Virgina Tech, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Syracuse.  

You're argument is comparing 7 teams to 5, Not really that big of a difference is it?? The real argument should be is if the Big East is such a weak conference, then why does the ACC seem to continuely Pirate teams from that conference?? Any more teams they want to lure from the Big East and then we can follow your statement and rename the ACC .

just saying 



Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:00 pm
 

Memphis heading to Big East in 2013

Marquette, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, DePaul, Memphis, SMU, Houston, and Central Florida are all former CUSA members. They are trying shore up their football members from a conference that was started as a basketball conference with football as a secondary support. I was told today by a sports show host in Cincinnati that Houston added to the Big East AQ score. Since 1989 Houston has had 10 winning seasons for a record of 119-142. I don't see how that or Memphis helps their football in the Big East. Memphis has been worse in football. 

Every one talks about how sorry the CUSA football is, but yet the Big East raids them for their football team. You'll see when the power ratings come out for football.

Actually the ACC tried to improve their football by adding those teams from the Big East. How did that work out? Virginia Tech has been the only one that has had any strength in the ACC basketball conference. Football still takes a back seat to baketball. CBSSports has an article about the increase in revenue by adding the Big East teams and I'm sure it's not for football (did not read it).  



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:30 pm
 

Memphis heading to Big East in 2013

The reason for Big East expansion we were told was for football. Football is where the revenues are made and if the system remains the same AQ status means everything. There are plenty of schools that have great football teams but never put it together on the basketball court Virginia Tech, Penn State, USC have been top 15 football schools but struggle to win on the hardwood.

I think ECU suffers greatly due to the fact they compete against 2 of the top 4 programs in the country when it comes to basketball UNC and Duke. Despite Being down NC State has won national championships and Wake has put guys like Chris Paul and Tim Duncan into the NBA. So competition has hurt. Secondly the facility needed an upgrade which is now underway. The strength of the athletic program has been its baseball team which has had 2 loosing seasons in over 50 years. I think if given a shot to play in a better conference you would see progress on the hardwood sooner than later. Im watching Georgetown vs Syracuse and UNC vs Duke. There are 6 kids on the rosters from my high school conference alone Jason Clark, Chris Joseph, Kendall Marshall, Quinn Cook, Tyler Thorton, and Michael Hopkins, 6 kids on 4 teams. So I think given greater exposure you could bring in more talent.



Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:35 pm
 

Memphis heading to Big East in 2013

dcpirate28

Given the relative ease, why hasn't ECU builit a basketball program?  All the talk about the support for football doesn't seem to apply to basketball. 




Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:02 pm
 

Memphis heading to Big East in 2013

I'm glad Rick Pitino is so fond of Memphis.  But the fact that he has that much influence is further indication to me of John Marinatto's lack of leadership.  Other than a nice basketball rivalry for Louisville, I'm not sure what there is to like in Memphis.  They've got a university endowment that is approximately a quarter of the current Big East average.  US News & World Report doesn't even rank them academically. And their average football attendance is less than half the Big East average.  I'm embarrassed my alma mater is in this conference



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:58 pm
 

Memphis heading to Big East in 2013

Louisville, Cincinnati have been in the Big East since 06; South Florida Big East member already; Depaul, Marquette have been Big East in Basketball for some time now. So now they are joinning in football. In your logic the ACC took Miami, VT, BC, Pitt and now Syracuse....................Should they rename that conference too??? 
The difference is that there are now more former CUSA members in the Big East than there are original founding members of that conference.

The ACC still has more original members and far fewer defections. Hence the Big USA designation.




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