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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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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).
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Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2010 4:03 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

I would put Josh Pastner's recruiting talent head to head against Cal any day of the week.




Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2010 3:22 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

I agree. I think this report is completely bogus. This reporter has a reputation for being a bit......wrong. LOL, Its kind of funny, he got everybody's attention, but the information is obviously incorrect. Nice reporting.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2010 12:45 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Memphis State has hit it's stride because l'ville, cincy, marquette, usf, etc left C-USA to go into the Big East.  Let's get real.



Since: Jun 9, 2010
Posted on: June 21, 2010 11:50 am
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Hmmm ... no updates since Thursday.  Sounds like "Local 6" in Orlando wanted to be like Orangebloods.com's Chip Brown by scooping everyone with this.  Instead, they look like Disney's Chip & Dale.  No one else is reporting this.  So, either "Local 6" is wrong, or the Big East is being very, very quiet and they have zero leaks.  I'm going with "wrong".



Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 10:32 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

you want out? I bet you said the same thing when the cusa teams took over the BE in 05...must be tough to swallow the pill of Louisville , Cincinnati and USF doing as well as they have...I hope we get Memphis, UCF, ECU and Marshall. Lots of rivals and potential imo. Just think, those former cusa teams saved the BE BCS bid...just a fact so don't be ignorant.




Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 10:22 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

no one will be kicked...but it has happened with temple...I think we go 12 in football and 20 in bball, might as well.




Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 10:10 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

lol, you are a joke just like the ACC. Maybe the other conferences can get off the BE jock by stealing our schools so they can survive? The BE will be better than ever. Get over it dumb dumb.




Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 9:59 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

fabulous. A WVU and Louisville fan agree Marshall should be in...They are wedged right between Cincy and WVU...Louisville and Pitt are only 4hrs from Marshall. So bring in Memphis, UCF, ECU and Marshall imo.. That would be grwat.




Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 9:47 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

I as a uofL fan would love to have Memphis. I like going to Memphis for football....And we are not scared...lol....you think Memphis can go 19-1 in the BE? we did and it will never be done again....with a little free throw practice UofM might beat UofL...lol, good luck.




Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 9:38 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

doubt that. marshall would be a better fit in the BE.



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