I am hearing rumor that the BE is looking to grab both Tulsa and Southern Miss as a package deal in their next move to add schools. Is there any truth to this? Can anyone come up with something on this topic?
I've said this but as a theory not confirming any rumors but it makes sense if Navy is having cold feet.
The only untapped major media markets that the nBE is not represented in the Central Time Zone, South of the 37th parallel and West (or really close to) the Mississippi River are Austin/San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Little Rock, Shreveport, and Jackson (MS). And the only untapped states are Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Tulsa gets them a solid all around program in the city of Tulsa and state of Oklahoma that adds another one of those major markets and also helps them tie into the markets of OKC (in combo with SMU) and some of Arkansas and Little Rock (along with Memphis).
Southern Miss adds a good fb power (something the nBE really needs more of) and add the state of Mississippi, city of Hattiesburg plus ties into the city of Jackson.
The only other addition nonAQs out there that could bring value to the new Big East in form of markets or solid fb in that area would be UTSA, LA Tech, and possibly Ark St and ULL though both are longshots.
New Big East West - Tulsa, SMU, Houston, Tulane, SoMiss, Memphis
New Big East East - UConn, Temple, Cincy, East Carolina, UCF, USF
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