The announcement from Rice was the move was done, period. The WAC-3 are moving, no matter what.
This gives CUSA 13 FB schools right now= 12 + a Big East buffer. Invitations to Marshall & UCF haven't come because THOSE are conditional.
Sorry Earth X, beg to differ here... :(
Official statement from the president of Rice University regarding C-USA membership...
"I have signed today a membership agreement with Conference USA. Contingent upon certain other changes in the national athletic scene, Rice University would be a member of a six member western wing of CUSA....(blah, blah, blah)"
The key word in the press release is CONTINGENT.
Now realistically you and I both know it's a done deal, because BC is going to the ACC, and Louisville and Cincy are going to the Big East.
BUT THE BIG EAST HASN'T SENT THE INVITES YET!!!!
Until they do, you have this semantics game with the press release above.
The Rice president is saying we're going, but he can't say we are actually there, until the Big East says these other schools are actually there.
Hey, I don't like the semantics game either, but it's NOT a done deal in writing, it's a done deal in principle. ;)
I stick by my original post because it is more factually correct.