Memphis to join the Big East?
Tue, 03 Aug 2010 01:42:42 GMT —
Take it with a grain of salt, as we've all had to do during the conference expansion hoopla but a Kentucky radio station is reporting that Memphis, of Conference USA will be invited to join the Big East Conference.
The Tigers have been vying to join a BCS Conference for some time now, and adding a 9th football school for the Big East would solve a major problem for the conference's schedule. Currently, the eight football schools play seven conference games, the difference between home and road games (4 and 3) out of those seven has been a sticking point for many of the football schools in the conference. A look at SU's 2010 schedule shows this, the Orange only plays three home conference games (UConn, Louisville, and Pitt) this season, and it created a scheduling nightmare for SU Athletics, who in the end, had to place two FCS opponents on the home slate.
If true, Memphis would be an addition that has some good things to offer the Big East. It has a good basketball program that made it to the 2008 National Championship game. It also is the home of the Liberty Bowl. A game with plenty of tradition that would be a nice prize for any bowl eligible Big East team.
Whether it happens at tomorrow's Big East media day, or later, the scenario is feasible. Recently, Memphis enlisted former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese as a consultant.
Again, take the report for what it's worth, but it wouldn't shock me if it were true. Stay Tuned.
What's your take? Think Memphis is a good fit for the Big East? What about other mentioned schools like East Carolina and Central Florida, should the Big East try to bring BC back? Leave your comments below!
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