C-USA moves tournament to Tulsa, for better or (likely) worse

The Conference USA Board of Directors on Monday officially moved the 2013 C-USA basketball tournament from Memphis to Tulsa so that its championship game can be played live on CBS in front of 1,500 fans.

That's not exactly true, I guess.

But, just watch, that's exactly what's gonna happen.

This development is the latest example of divorces between schools and conferences going poorly, and it's reasonable to wonder whether it's a move that's even in C-USA's best interests. On one hand, I get the league not wanting to help a school that's on its way to the Big East by allowing Memphis to host C-USA's premier event. But it's likely that Memphis will win the event regardless of where it's played, and so why not play it at FedExForum to basically ensure a nice crowd and television presence for the title game?

That's the question: Is C-USA hurting Memphis or just hurting itself?

Either way, it's clear the Board decided it didn't care; it just didn't want the event in Memphis, which was the original plan. But then Memphis announced it's leaving for the Big East, and then everybody got crazy. So now the C-USA tournament will be played in Tulsa next March, and plenty of tickets are (and forever will be) available.

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Gary Parrish is an award-winning college basketball columnist and television analyst for CBS Sports who also hosts the highest-rated afternoon drive radio show in Memphis, where he lives with his wife... Full Bio

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