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Tulane and ECU to Join Big East

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The 20+ year wait if over for ECU as they are finally joining the Big East…not entirely, but they will become a football only member.

Tulane on the other had will join the Big East in all sports, offering some access to the New Orleans market for the conference trying to improve its television contract value.

For CUSA, it means losing two more schools. While both loses will be felt, the

conference will likely look to current Sunbelt members or replacement such as MTSU, Texas St., FAU, Georgia St. and others.

They also have the option for schools such as UMass which is currently in the MAC, as well as current FCS schools such as Appalachian St., JMU and Georgia Southern.

For ECU, at the time of this article, there new home for non-football sports remains unknown. But with the CAA’s likely addition of Charleston in the near future and with UNCW in the conference, they will likely first attempt to join the CAA. The CAA might also use ECU as leverage to get Charleston to lessen there financial demands.

The SoCon would be the next choice followed by the Big South. This is assuming that the A10 would have no interest on ECU.

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  • The word is Western Kentucky and New Mexico State to C-USA which could be announced Monday. Sun Belt have to replace three schools now. Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and North Alabama on tap? Alabama State and Jacksonville State? Furman, Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, West Florida, Florida A&M, Eastern Kentucky?

  • You could add UAB and NC-Charlotte on the list. There is word that Tulsa could be all sports member of The Big East on Monday. One other school could be there as well. If they lose Cincinnati, I think Ohio U. in the Big East will be looked at. Their football and basketball teams are something not to over look with their success lately. Even Northern Illinois with the Chicago market could be a pick up after Notre Dame left.

  • Guy

    I don’t see Villanova or Temple leaving, mostly because they’re not getting any better offers anytime soon. Army has said no already. The lesson is that whenever the Big East expands, they’re just going to take from the C-USA. If they lose Cinci/UConn/USF, they’re just going to take Tulsa, So. Miss, or Marshall.

  • wiscowilz

    I think CUSA is definitely going to have to look at MAC schools, maybe Sun Belt, or very likely FCS schools.

  • There are so many options to chose from. The Big East might have to look at Delaware to regain the Phillie market if both Villanova and Temple leaves. I am not seeing some MAC schools on the list either. If Cincinatti leaves? Would Toledo, Miami, Oh., Akron or Ohio U. take their place? Ohio U. have good football and basketball lately. Stony Brook and ARMY could bring back the New York markets with the lost of Syracuse and Rutgers.

  • rockiesfan_303

    Wow so the Big East is just the CUSA from 12 years ago. So stupid


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