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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: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 9:31 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

im sure its the other way around..lol...would be nice to have the tigers....i think its gonna happen.




Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 9:16 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

And another thing is why should the BE lose its BCS? The people saying that are really dumb. We are 3-2 in BCS games and play good out of conference. The fact is we have been and always will be better than the ACC and we have been level with the Big 10 and PAC 10. If it wasn't for Va Tech the ACC could be stripped of their BCS. Its funny they bash us but the teams that are keeping the ACC alive in football are former BE teams..And it still did not work for them....thats why the ACC people are mad....as for the Mt. West....when you have consistent depth you might get considered for an auto BCS....that will never happen so get off the BE jocks already...K.....




Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 9:01 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

A 12 team football conference would be best...I hope Memphis and UCF are in. I would love to have ECU and Marshall in the lineup as well. Non BE fans should stay out of the conversation because all I hear is negative from the chumps.




Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 3:42 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Because the lower teams in the mwc are absolutely terrible. That's why they are not AQ



Since: May 18, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2010 2:42 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

How does the Big East get an automatic BCS qualifier and not the Mountain West? Seems ridiculous



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2010 11:56 am
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

To the poster of Big East is a grease fire.... I like the Big East conference.  I don't care if they get their own TV network or have the most money.  I like the teams and I like the conference.  That's enough for me.  Keep your big TV money. 



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2010 11:53 am
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

and Orlando will be great for Big East Tournaments.  (The Orlando Magic have a beautiful new arena opening this fall.) 
I don't really see the Big East dropping the Big East Tournament in Madison Square Garden to have it in Orlando.  This is not a knock on Orlando, but it's pretty hard to beat the current setup in the Big Apple at a place with so much traditions so close to all of the power teams (UConn, Syracuse, Georgetown, Pitt, Villanova, etc.) plus right in backyard of Rutgers and St. Johns.  Really, the far flung schools are nice too, but the core of the conference is still in the northeast.

As a Big East fan I like the idea of adding Memphis and UCF.



Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2010 10:07 am
 

Big East is a GREASE FIRE!!!

What an ugly, disjointed, hodge-podge of a conference.  Rumor has it that they'll consider renaming themselves "Conference USA 2".  In the meantime, will somebody PLEASE step up and do the right thing and strip Big East football of it's automatic BCS bid?

PS Hard to imagine the state of depression right now among the student bodies at Rutgers, Syracuse and Pitt.  Just last month you were reportedly among the leading candidates headed to a real conference with real money.  Now you'll have to sit back and watch this grease-fire of a conference continue to grow...while your paltry 'TV revenue take' gets cut even further.  If you're looking for someone to blame, look no further than Big 12 Conference Commissioner Dan Beebe.  Had the Pac-16 really happened, the shock-waves would've been felt throughout college football with an enormous trickle down effect...one that would've only HELPED most every school in the Big East (football) disband the conference and find a real home in either the Big Ten or ACC.  This is really too bad.




Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: June 19, 2010 10:04 am
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Meant to say that their most important school (ND) doesn't play in the most important sport...



Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: June 19, 2010 10:02 am
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

The Big East is an absolute mess.  It's too big for basketball, too small for football, and its most important team (ND) doesnt' play in the most important conference.  No wonder why all of the better schools have bolted for real conferences over the past several years.  They should lose their BCS automatic bid even if they add the powerhouses in Memphis and UCF.  I can't imagine why the BE is trying to expand when their conference is already plenty watered down as it is.

By the way, the fact that UCF is the 3rd largest university in the country doesn't mean squat.  That doesn't equal ratings in a state that is already saturated with interest in UF, FSU, The U, etc.


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