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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: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:52 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Sorry for all the post not sure what happen?



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:50 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Memphis has one of the highest recruiting classes coming in this year. I don't think scared is the word to use. The Tigers will be very competitive. Just having Louisville and Memphis back on a home and home schedule is awesome for both schools, fans and cities. This rivalry in the 60's and 70's was one of the best in all of basketball. I for one would welcome back the Tigers and Cardinals playing a little round ball.



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:49 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

East Carolinas would be next.As soon as Nova and UMass move up 2 1a your in.Will be  before 2014.



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Memphis has one of the highest recruiting classes coming in this year. I don't think scared is the word to use. The Tigers will be very competitive. Just having Louisville and Memphis back on a home and home schedule is awesome for both schools, fans and cities. This rivalry in the 60's and 70's was one of the best in all of basketball. I for one would welcome back the Tigers and Cardinals playing a little round ball.



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:47 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Memphis has one of the highest recruiting classes coming in this year. I don't think scared is the word to use. The Tigers will be very competitive. Just having Louisville and Memphis back on a home and home schedule is awesome for both schools, fans and cities. This rivalry in the 60's and 70's was one of the best in all of basketball. I for one would welcome back the Tigers and Cardinals playing a little round ball.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:46 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

I would really like to see Memphis and Louisville renew that rivalry. It's a shame they haven't played the last 5 years. The Tigers are a great fit for the Big east. They will fit right in and basketball and the Big East isn't exactly terrifying in football.



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:46 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Pitt will never get invite 2 Big 10 cause of Penn ST.And wish Rutgers would go.they suck at everything.At least Temple was good at basketball and we still kicked them out.



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:46 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Memphis has one of the highest recruiting classes coming in this year. I don't think scared is the word to use. The Tigers will be very competitive. Just having Louisville and Memphis back on a home and home schedule is awesome for both schools, fans and cities. This rivalry in the 60's and 70's was one of the best in all of basketball. I for one would welcome back the Tigers and Cardinals playing a little round ball. 



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Memphis has one of the highest recruiting classes coming in this year. I don't think scared is the word to use. The Tigers will be very competitive. Just having Louisville and Memphis back on a home and home schedule is awesome for both schools, fans and cities. This rivalry in the 60's and 70's was one of the best in all of basketball. I for one would welcome back the Tigers and Cardinals playing a little round ball.



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:37 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion

Im a WVU fan and we dont want u or your TV market going anywhere.The league will be split into 2 leagues.Football Basketball and the rest. Then everyone in all sports.Will still split money someway.


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