Big East adds Tulane and East Carolina

Let the next chapter of conference reconfiguration begin. While the Atlantic Coast Conference was pondering its decision following the defection of Maryland, the Big East, which lost Rutgers to the Big Ten and may also lose Louisville and Connecticut to the ACC, made a move on Tuesday by adding Tulane in all sports starting in 2014 and East Carolina in football only, also starting in 2014.

“”I think we’re going to have a good football confererence” said Big East commissioner Mike Aresco who also is concerned about losing Louisville and/or UConn or even more Big East teams.

Aresco undestands the nature of the business which has changed the Big East into a wide-ranging Conference USA type of league.

“We’re just doing what we’re doing,” said Aresco

It is difficult for even Bigeastologists to keep up with what the conference will look like when all the moves are made.

Let’s start with football. Right now the Big East has 8 teams. It will lose Rutgers, which means 7 and could lose Louisville and UConn, which brings it down to 5.

But the Big East will add Boise State, San Diego State, SMU, Houston, Memphis and Central Florida next season which will bring it up to 11 or 12. Add  Tulane and East Carolina and that makes it 13 or 14.


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