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Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Posted on: June 17, 2010 9:48 am
Edited on: June 17, 2010 2:52 pm

An Orlando TV station report that Memphis and Central Florida could both receive Big East invitations "as soon as next week" has been refuted by the league, associate commissioner John Paquette told on Thursday.

"We are officially denying the Orlando station's report," Paquette said.

The station described the invitations as "highly likely" to happen.

The station's sources were characterized as "multiple college football sources."

Meantime, the Orlando Sentinel described the Orlando station's report as "premature" but added that Big East officials will privately discuss expansion during a Thursday teleconference. This all comes five days after reported that Memphis could receive an invitation to join the Big East "soon." That report came while other media reports detailed the Pac-10's plan to expand to 16 schools and eliminate the Big 12, which would've likely created a slew of movement throughout the rest of the nation. On Monday, however, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe convinced the 10 remaining Big 12 members to commit to his league. That led to the Pac-10 only inviting Utah and, almost certainly, halting expansion at 12 members, which most believe will prevent the Big Ten from raiding the Big East in an attempt to reach 16 members and by extension prevent the Big East from having to recover.

Utah is expected to accept an invitation to join the Pac-10 on Thursday afternoon.

The Big East currently features eight football-playing members and 16 schools that compete in men's basketball. The additions of Memphis and Central Florida would give the Big East 10 football-playing members and 18 schools to compete in men's basketball -- plus two notable television markets, the nation's third-largest university (UCF), and another nationally relevant basketball program (Memphis).

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:13 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

im a WVU fan and i think both schools will bring something 2 our league.Dont be surprised 2 see Marshall sliding in the league in the near future either.

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:09 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

ive have alway liked the idea of Memphis coming to the Big EAst.BB league just jumped though roof.But with that Fed-X money they will have 2 upgrade there football stadium.But any way come on up!!

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:00 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

The BE is not weaker than the MWC especially without Utah.  There went 2 of their BCS wins.  The other they beat Boise.  The BE handily beat the B 12 champs, the ACC champs and moved the ball all day against the SEC champs.  Thanks for playing Adam. 

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2010 4:59 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

By the way the ROYALTY in basketball in the Big East is The Ville ( LOUISVILLE )

2 NCAA Champions

Hall of Fame Coaches

Most Profitable School in D-1 basketball ( Forbes )

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team is the 18th winningest college basketball team in NCAA Division I history and has the 10th best winning percentage in college basketball history. Currently coached by Rick Pitino, the Cardinals of the University of Louisville have a tradition of continued success, having been to 36 NCAA tournaments (5th all time) with 60 tournament wins (6th all time). Louisville has been to eight Final Fours (7th all time) and is one of only 13 programs in the nation to have won two NCAA championships. Under Denny Crum, Louisville was the premier program of the 1980s, going to four Final Fours, winning two NCAA championships, and posting the best NCAA tournament record of that era.

The Cardinals have won 18 or more games 37 of the past 40 years, including 15 years with 24 or more wins.

As of the end of the 2008-09 season, UofL had an all-time 1587–831 record in 94 seasons of intercollegiate basketball. The Cardinals are 16th among all schools in victories and Tie-9th in winning percentage.

Louisville is the only school in the nation to have claimed the championship of three major national post-season tournaments including the 1948 NAIB championship, the title and the 1980 and 1986 NCAA championships.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 4:53 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Keep in mind that, despite having 2 teams play in BCS games last season, the MWC was still rated the 7th best conference based on the BCS ratings.  In fact they have always been the 7th ranked conference, and even if they moved up to 6th for one season that would not get them in.  You really need to get your facts in order.  The ACC actually came closer to losing their automatic bid than the BE did, though neither conference is likely to ever lose their bid.

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2010 4:50 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

B Squared,

I must admit - you gave me a great laugh this afternoon - I see you were 1st to post.  Must feel good to hear some positive news about you DUMP

Let me ask you this ....

What was Denny Crum's record against Memphis in his carreer?

What is Rick Pitino's record against Memphis in his carreer?

What is Memphis's record against The Ville in any sport? ....  I know you dont want to answer this REALITY!!

Ohhh by the way your facilities are still CRAP and you know it.  The Liberty Bowl is a big waste of concrete, no comfort and smells like the Civil War.  Almost feel like Fred Flinstone played his college days there or Al Bundy before his shoe sales days....

FedEx Forum has nothing on our NEW arena ... our new arena makes FedEx Forum look like Eight Ball and MJG's high school gym in Orange Mound.

Now if we were taking applicants based on 48 Hour episodes then your in!

PS. I forgot Louisville is on 48 Hours

I hope all is well, enjoy some BBQ and an Elvis album tonight.

The Ville ( aka. Memphis's DADDY )

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 4:42 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

I think you're ignoring the facts of the situation.  One conference's inclusion in the BCS is not based on the fate of another.  In other words, the number of conferences with a guaranteed BCS slot is not locked at 6.  If the MWC qualifies for a slot in the next couple of years, more power to them.  It is doubtful the BE would lose their slot, because they would have to drop below the requirements for 3 consecutive seasons, and only once sinc the rule was invoked did they even come close to falling below standards.  Maybe you should do some research before posting.  I think the gorilla only weighs 8 pounds.

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2010 4:36 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

So I like how everyone is ignoring the 800 pound gorrilla in the room, that the Big East might become a non BCS conference shortly when they do the strength ratings again to determine the BCS conferences.  That's why Boise St helps the Mountain West, and soon to be Fresno St I'd guess with Utah's departure.   If the BCS determines that the Mountain West is more deserving of the auto bid, you'll see an exodus happen again with most of the teams with football most likely moving on and into those other conferences. 

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2010 4:28 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

You're going to kick out basketball royalty in VIllanova and G'Town...

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 4:20 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Correct me if I'm wrong. Cincy, Louisville, South Florida have all played in BCS bowl games in the last 5 years. That along is proof that previous mid level schools can thrive once placed in a BCS conference. The only reason Memphis struggles with the football program is because recruits choose SEC schools from this area. That will soon change and SEC members like Arkansas, Ole Piss, and TN will feel the heat.

SEC= Satan's Evil Coporation
Tiger2003, you hit the nail on the head. That was my point about ECU. I think they are in better shape (football wise) than any of those 3 were before they entered a BCS conference. Given the advantages of a BCS conference, I think this program could really take off.

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