THE BIG EAST is done expanding. For now. Or at least until the next defection.
Which, judging by how many members have moved on in the last 6 months, might not be that far off.
As expected, the conference yesterday officially announced that it is bringing in Memphis for all sports beginning in 2013-14. The Big East recently added Central Florida, SMU and Houston for all sports, and Boise State, Navy and San Diego State for football only.
By 2015, when Navy finally comes aboard, the Big East will have 12 teams for football and 17 for basketball.
Of course, Louisville, which nearly jumped to the Big 12 in December before losing out to fellow Big East member West Virginia, could be gone by then if the Big 12 expands from 10 back to a dozen. Maybe Cincinnati, too. Sources say Rutgers has been telling recruits it plans on being in the Big Ten sooner than later. And Connecticut is on record as saying it would like to be in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which already is taking Pitt and Syracuse from the Big East.Read more »