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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: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 9:17 am
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

UCF and Memphis should make it a requirement of their membership that all Big East conference members will compete at in all sports.  It's time to force places like Georgetown to play big league football as well as basketball or to go find some minor league conference to join.  And it's time to force Notre Dame to play both football and basketball in the same conference.  Until such an arrangement is made, the Big East can hardly be called a conference.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2010 3:50 am
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

If the Big East lets Memphis join then the end is near as they offer nothing in the way of football.



Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: June 18, 2010 11:58 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

I agree with you about the addition of UCF, but I think they should also put villanova's football team to the Big East as well (defeated the big Montana team last season). Another interesting thought is, well, Montana. Mountain West should get Montana and had Utah did not leave to PAC-10, I would think that Mountain West would be a BCS conference in 2011. 



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2010 10:19 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

You must be high!



Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2010 2:58 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Kick 'em all out, starting with Notre Dame



Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2010 1:07 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Memphis is a mid-major program, always has been and always will be.  Many Memphis fans think they are a major player in the world of college basketball, but 3-4 years of being on hte scene does not make a traditional program.  The basketball has lived on their 1973 Final Four championship game for years.  Dana Kirk had a run of 2-3 years and Calipari had a run of 3-4 years.  Football at Memphis has never amounted to anything significant.  Yes they finally went to bowl games 3 years in a row, but this day in time an average team can accomplish that. Face it Conference USA is the conference for Memphis now and for the future. 



Mighty big words coming from a fan of team belonging to a conference built on the misery of slavery and sharecropping.



Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2010 1:02 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

What's wrong with this scenario

So UCF and Memphis will be in a BCS conference with a chance to play for the National Championship but TCU, Boise State and BYU won't.  Yeah, that's good for college football.




Po kid, let me play you a tune on the world's smallest violin.




Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

This post is right on target.  The conference definitely has to deny these reports until they discuss it privately a bit more.  But it definitely seems like a preemptive strike on their part preparing for when the Big Ten follows through with taking more teams.  This is a good move by the BE though.  I admit that I was harsh on the Memphis "bribe" to get into the BCS, but taking Memphis--a strong basketball school--into the Big East fits perfectly.  Taking Memphis for football into any other conference doesn't make sense though.  This definitely bolsters one of the best basketball conferences.  As for UCF, they have all the resources to be successful quickly once they get acclimated to the "big boy" leagues.  If this deal happens, I expect UCF to do better in all major sports almost immediately.

If this is true, this is a great move.  The football is still lacking in some ways, but that could change fast.



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2010 11:20 am
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Wrong. UCF's enrollment is the largest in the state of Florida and the third largest in the USA.
   That doesn't yet translate into strong football and basketball teams for UCF in Conference USA. But a move up to the Big East would put UCF on an equal footing with USF and most of the Big East teams.
   I think the denial by the Big East is what is required until the league meeting, at which a decision to add schools to strengthen the conference could be made. The timing is right.
   What certainly helps Memphis is Memphis powerbroker Fred Smith of Fedex announcing he will pay a BCS conference - any BCS conference - $10 million a year to offer membership for Memphis.
    The Big East, only kept alive because the Big Ten currently is staying at 12 members, is the most likely conference to accept Memphis under these circumstances. The Big Ten had considered adding two or more Big East schools - likely Syracuse and UConn or Rutgers.
  That would have possibly broken up the Big East, with the Big Ten hoping that Notre Dame would get off its independent stance and finally join the Big Ten. But despite several Big Ten overtures, the Irish have never seriously wavered from their independent standing in football because the intransigent Nontre Dame alumni might balk at their generous funding of the school if the formerly-Fiighting Irish decide to join a conference.
   



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2010 11:09 am
 

What's wrong with this scenario

So UCF and Memphis will be in a BCS conference with a chance to play for the National Championship but TCU, Boise State and BYU won't.  Yeah, that's good for college football.


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