Big East Expansion: Memphis Officially Joins In 2013

For the time being, get ready for the Syracuse Orange vs. Memphis Tigers in 2013, the Tigers are officially members of the Big East Conference starting then.

"Over the past decade, the University of Memphis has demonstrated an unwavering commitment of competing at the highest level in college sports," said BIG EAST Commissioner John Marinatto. "The University has positioned itself for long-term success by upgrading facilities and investing wisely in various areas of the athletic department including coaching and administration. We are confident that the addition of this outstanding athletics program located in a top 50 media market and in the heart of the nation's largest conference footprint will further propel the BIG EAST and the University of Memphis to even greater levels of success in the future."

Oh John, never change.

I saw two notable facts that coincide with this news:

  • The Big East now consists of nine former Conference USA members.
  • Only one Big East football school from the 2003 season will still be a member of the conference by 2014 (Rutgers).

Nuts.

H/T: Anish

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