University of Memphis to the BIG EAST

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  1. Vyb

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    Wow. I can't believe it. :cheer:

    Source: Memphis, Big East close

    Memphis is close to a deal to join the Big East in all sports in 2013, a conference source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

    The Big East will be adding Central Florida, Houston, SMU, Navy, San Diego State and Boise State in the coming years, and soon will lose West Virginia to the Big 12 and Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

    The Big East's plan has been to get to 12 football teams and eventually have a conference championship game. Memphis, plus incumbent schools Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers and South Florida, could get the conference to that point by 2015.

    Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson, who is retiring in June, did not respond immediately to a message left on his cell phone by The Associated Press. Associate athletic director Bob Winn said there is no new update on the status of Memphis' athletic affiliation.

    "We're always, as we have been for well over a year now, we're always looking for things that are in the best interest of the university and the athletic department," Winn said. "But at this point there has been no change in that status."

    Memphis has been trying to move from Conference USA since being snubbed when the Big East expanded in 2005, losing a long-time rivalry with Louisville. A departure now would be pricey for the Tigers. The exit fee from Conference USA for 2013-14 is $500,000 plus Memphis' share of television rights revenue, which is approximately $6.13 million, according to a league spokeswoman.

    The Tigers' value to the Big East is in basketball, where the Tigers have made 23 NCAA tournament appearances with a record of 32-23. The Tigers played in the national title game in 1973 and 2008, when they lost to UCLA and Kansas respectively. They also reached the Final Four in 1985 and lost in three other regional finals.

    Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino has actively lobbied the Big East and its member schools to add Memphis and Temple for basketball, regardless of whether the conference East adds Central Florida, Houston or SMU.

    "We have to take a page out of the ACC in what they did to us," Pitino told ESPN.com in October. "Taking Syracuse and Pittsburgh was a stroke of genius. We have to do the same thing and we have that available to us with two programs that also have football."

    Pitino again called out for league officials to consider Memphis after Louisville beat Memphis on Dec. 17.

    "I'm just hoping the Big East gets smart and does something about that and allows them to come into the league," Pitino said. "I keep getting on the pulpit and saying this: We got hurt big time and we need Memphis. Memphis doesn't need us, we need Memphis. We need Temple. We need to build up basketball again."

    With John Calipari as coach, Memphis made four straight NCAA tournament appearances between 2006 and 2009. Josh Pastner, who took over when Calipari left for Kentucky in 2009, took Memphis to the NCAA tournament last season after winning the Conference USA tournament. Memphis will be hosting Conference USA's men's and women's basketball tournaments in March.

    Memphis just hired Justin Fuente as its new football coach, replacing Larry Porter who was fired after going 3-21 in two seasons. The Tigers play football at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

    http://espn.go.com/college-sports/s...-memphis-tigers-close-deal-join-big-east-2013
     
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    Got college sports up there?
     
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    technically yes, but very few people care about college sports up here. i think the largest collegiate stadium in Canada holds 15,000 or so lol
     
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    In that case

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