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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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2010 8:57 am

Oh, give me a break.

Those loonies at UCF have been inviting themselves to the Big East for 12 years now.

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2010 7:50 am

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

orlando will have no effect on the big east basketball tournament...iot will never be removed away from madison square garden. dumb comment.

Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: June 18, 2010 6:04 am

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

As a WVU fan I'd love to see us add a few more quality programs.  I want to see the Big East Football survive and thrive in the BCS mix.  I was thinking adding Marshall would be a good add also, it would make a good rivalry for WVU and geographically it would make sense.  I like UCF also for a USF rivalry and Memphis for UL.  Maybe a good 4th team would be East Carolina...This would make us Legit again and give us a BE championship game status.

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2010 2:40 am

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

If it happens, at least the Big East isn't playing the level of academic excellence like we heard from the Big 10 and Pac 10. According to US News, rankings for current Big East Schools include Notre Dame (#20), Georgetown (#23), Pittsburgh (#56), Syracuse (#58), Rutgers and UConn (#66), and Marquette (#86). Central Florida comes in at #188 and Memphis at #225.  Of course Memphis does sell out almost every home basketball game. Just don't expect them to give any competition to West Virginia, Pitt, or Cincy in football.

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:57 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

The expansions and realignments were being done not for basketball but for football which is what drives the bus in college sports. Yes Memphis would be a great addition in basketball however it brings nothing to the table in football just check out the 50,000 people dressed as empty chairs at every home football game they play.

Yes UCF is a large commuter school in Orlando about an hour away from USF in Tampa. They compete for players with Florida, Florida State, Miami, and USF, guess who usually comes in 5th with those schools. Their basketball program has little or no tradition and their fan base comes from the same part of the State as USF.

Where I am puzzled is that you have a school who has won back to back CUSA Championships in football, draws the most fans, just completed a stadium expansion, would compete in the heart of ACC country, has had a history of playing against every school other than Uconn and Rutgers and is not even being considered for a spot in the Big East and thats East Carolina.

You dont have to tell me how bad the basketball program has been. I would not extend a spot for basketball until they could upgrade the program. Hold on to Depaul until they can produce on the hardwood.

If this is about building up Big East football there is no doubt the Pirates should be the top choice.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:10 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

UCF, UF, USF according to attendance

Since: May 27, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 10:54 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

you are 100 percent correct my freind....i agree.......

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2010 9:06 pm
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Since: Jun 29, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2010 8:43 pm

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. 

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