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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: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2010 8:30 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Wait til Southern Miss makes a move. Then you'll have something to talk about in the Big East...........

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2010 8:14 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

I sincerely believe it would be a good fit for both schools.

As for Memphis, it has recruited numerous players from the NYC-NJ area and has a large following in that territory. The old southern railroad no longer just goes to the Carolina and Tobacco Road.  It now has, and has long had, a big stopover there. By joining the conference it will be even easier for that school to recruit some top line talent from the Big Apple Metro area.

As for UCF, Orlando Florida is just about the favorite vacation area for folks from NYC.  And just for the record, it was my late mom's favorite vacation spot.  She absolutely loved the area.  When the school joins the conference it will easily be able to recruit some of the best talent the NYC area has to offer.  Heck, which NYC kids wouldn't want to relocate to Orlando?  I honestly couldn't think of anyone who wouldn't.

Memphis and UCF were made for Big East conference sports.  I could not think of two better schools for the conference as both the schools and the conference will be greater for this union!

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2010 7:59 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Kick Depaul and Seton Hall out and the Big East wouldn't have a problem keeping it's 16 team format, and having nine football teams.

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 7:39 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Then wouldn't they have to kick out Notre Dame? ND is technically a basketball only (and other minor programs, as is Marquette and DePaul) member since their FB program is playing as an Independent...aplease correct me if I am wrong... 

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2010 7:27 pm
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Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 7:15 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Thanks for the ignorant thoughts. Marquette, along with Pittsburgh, has been one of the two best basketball programs in the Big East since joining five years ago. DePaul has been astonishingly awful, but the hire of renowned turnaround artist Oliver Purnell will help them out tremendously. Great idea though to propose bouncing the basketball only schools, which would also include Villanova, Georgetown, in a conference that always hung its hat and made its name on its superior basketball. Getting rid of the basketball only schools would be sacrilege and a mistake that could only be overshadowed by inviting an institution that plays high school basketball in UCF. Under your scenario, would Louisville and Syracuse also be asked to leave since they don't play football either?

And as far as geographical outliers, DePaul and Marquette are in the Midwest, giving the conference two schools there. Currently there is one team from the South in the Big East. It would seem to me that South Florida is the outlier not DePaul or Marquette.

Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2010 7:09 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Orlando will be great for Big East tournaments?  Huh?  Don't mean to rain on your parade there, chief, but you could airlift the Taj Mahal to Orlando and put a basketball court in it, and the only tournament they MIGHT get would be women's hoops.  It doesn't matter how nice the new Amway Center is, and how big Rich DeVos' checkbook goes.  The Big East tournament is played at Madison Square Garden in New York.  Period.  Has been, is, and, as long as there is a Big East conference, always will be.

Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2010 7:06 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

By your logic if you take Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State out of the Big 10 what do you have there, "toast" Same with what is left of the Big 12, take out Texas, Okla, TEXAS A&M more toast.
Anyway I would rather the BE stay and look forward to seeing UCF, & Memphis.  I think it is time to give ND an ultimatum or their walking papers.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 6:44 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

This is all getting to be too much.  Worse yet, it will get more inane as time goes on. Having said that, the Big East still is in jeopardy and  subject to being raided by the Big Ten, ACC, and even the SEC.  The PAC 10 tried for a package deal to get Texas and friends but that did not work out for the best despite the animosity prevalent in that conference.

Everyone knows that if the Big East lost Pitt, WVU, and Syracuse the conference would be toast.

Therefore, maybe the solution would be for the Big three to offer themselves as a package deal to the Big 10, the ACC, the SEC, or the Big 12.  All three bring great football tradition, fantastic basketball programs, and outstanding academic standards...well okay, two of three do. But academics did not stop the Big 10 from grabbing Nebraska who has a very marginal academic fact the worst in the Big 10.

This three team package would be sweet but if they could convince ND to join it would make any conference in the country the best possible, even the PAC 10, despite their mad dash to take Colorado and Utah.

Let the bidding begin.

Don't stay thrifty on this one my friends.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2010 6:37 pm

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

great...Pitt can now start their move to the ACC

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