The news was first broken out by Brett McMurphy from CBS Sports as he reported that the negotiations were in their final stages and the current program will soon be abandoned.
Brett McMurphy tweeted:
“Sources tell @CBSSPorts Memphis & Big East in final negotiations to make Tigers Big East all-spots member in 2012”
This comes as great news for the Big East Conference as the league was almost on life support as Pittsburg and Syracuse announced that they would be leaving for the ACC and West Virginia has already agreed to join the Big 12.
The Big Eastern Conference desperately needs to add up more big teams to it and this is needed as a certain level of competition needs to be maintained, plus not to mention they need this if they want to continue to be respected one of the big groups of basketball in the country.
There are numerous chances that the conference needs to take as West Virginia will be out very soon and Pitt and Syracuse is expected to leave by the start of the 2013 season as well.
According to McMurphy, this is exactly what the Big East conference would be looking at, from the start of the 2013 season:
“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“
It has also been set that Navy is going to join the Big East conference in 2015 and this is going to give the conference a new look as these new schools that are joining now will give their students amazing recruiting capabilities and open so many doors that their teams could not have hoped for before.
Plus another factor is that this spreads the conference a bit to the South, which was needed to be done for some time now, the moves may seem a bit bumpy right now but in the long run this may work out to the conference’s advantage.