Report: Memphis to join Big East, possibly in west division with Boise State

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Boise State's new football conference is reportedly growing again. CBSSports.com is reporting that Conference USA member Memphis will become an all-sports member in the Big East in 2013, the same year that Boise State is slated to join for football only.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal is reporting that Memphis will join for the 2013-14 school year and it will cost the school $6.6 million to leave Conference USA – $500,000 in a flat fee plus $6.1 million in per-school share of television rights revenue.

Memphis will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. MT to discuss the future of Memphis Tiger athletics. The Big East will hold a teleconference at 10 a.m. MT to address conference membership. Memphis officials are listed as participants on the call.

The addition of Memphis, which could come as early as this week, would give the Big East 12 football-playing members moving forward — with new members Boise State, Houston, SMU, San Diego State, Memphis, Navy and Central Florida joining existing members Cincinnati, Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida and Connecticut in the far-flung league. Navy, however, will not join the league until 2015.

The Big East's goal has been to get to 12 teams, so it can divide into an east and west division and stage a conference championship game.

Boise State, San Diego State, Houston and SMU are locks for the west division. Memphis could join them. The sixth member of the west could be Louisville, Cincinnati or Central Florida.

Memphis has been dismal in football in recent years, including 2-10 in 2011, but the Tigers' basketball program is well respected and could help solidify the Big East's basketball prowess with the losses of Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

The league is losing West Virginia and invited member TCU to the Big 12, Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC.

Boise State President Bob Kustra told the Idaho Statesman last week that the Broncos' football team is unlikely to move to the Big East in 2012. Boise State announced in December that its football program would join the Big East for the 2013 football season.

"It's too late. I can't imagine how anyone can pull that off. We would never want to pull it off in a fashion that dealt shabbily with our existing partners in the Mountain West. I don't think that could ever work," Kustra said.

West Virginia is seeking to leave the Big East and join the Big 12 for the 2012 football season. If West Virginia leaves the Big East, it would have just seven football-playing members in 2012.

Good Lord

Memphis? Freakin Memphis? What a dumpster fire this is turning in to.

You have officially unearned

You have officially unearned your moniker of "voice of reason." University of Memphis is a big-time University, they're a natural rival with Louisville, and they have an incredible basketball program. Their football program has been decent in years past, though they've sucked recently, but more importantly they bring stability... they're not going to leave at the first opportunity like TCU did or Boise State would, they make perfect sense culturally for the Big East, and they ensure a 12-team conference with a championship game.

It's hard to admit that the world doesn't revolve around Boise State's football schedule but this is a positive turn of events.

Its all about the television

Its all about the television market. If it were just about quality of the football team, BSU would be in the PAC-12 instead of Colorado and Utah.

Wrong again...

The PAC-12 highly values the research institute status of its members. BSU is a glorified community college compared to the worst PAC-12 school...

Colorado and Utah are like Harvard compared to BSU. Not even close.

Some Guy, are you a high school sophomore or what?

Every post you whine like a little brat about BSU. You switch topics and then proceed to lecture the rest of us with your low opinion of BSU's academics. Go play with your Barbies or come up with something original

some guy

Read his post again bro, starting with "if it were....".

They must be bad because I don't have cable!

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Seriously...

Memphis has something BSU does not

FedEx! And FedEx wants Memphis in the Big East and is willing to happily pay money to ensure it is IN

this is a HUGE good move for the BE!

Also, Rick Pitino as recently indicated the BE NEEDS MEMPHIS for Basketball! This is HUGE> This is a move that helps Cincy and the Ville stay on board for a longe time!

So...Football? Yeah, they suck...but they have money! That is good

LOST PACKAGE.

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Dumpster fire?

60,000 seat stadium

$42M athletic budget

Top 50 TV market

Good Lord, do you have any idea the number of millions that just got added to the upcoming TV contract?

Think before you post..........

ARE THEY ANY GOOD? How would I know?

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Memphis has one of the worst

Memphis has one of the worst football programs in the country. Furthermore, if the rumors of more Big 12 and ACC expansion turn out to be true, this may be just a replacement for Louisville, a huge downgrade. If Rutgers, UCONN,and Louisville can find landing spots outside of the BE, then Boise traded a weak conference that made geographic sense for a weak conference that makes no geographic sense. T.V. money will not flow if the BE is simply CUSA 3.0. Is it too late for BSU to stay in the MWC?

Well, Colorado

would be right next to Memphis in the "worst" football program......

If rumors are true then Bon Jovi is dead and Dwight Howard is playing for the Lakers......

C'mon, Terry, Google says that's an old rumor

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Great in

Great in Basketball---------FOOTBALL SUCKS BIG TIME

Would the WAC

be a better conference if BSU would have stayed? I don't think so.
Will the MWC be a better conferences if BSU stays. I doubt it.
Might as well sign a one year lease with the Big East until the dust settles.

I will bellieve it when I see it.

Bob just have the school stay here-it will never happen take it to the bank.

The Big East is shaping up

for a nice TV contract.

The TV markets

Rutgers (New York)(1)
SMU (Dallas/Ft. Worth)(5)
Houston (Houston)(10)
S. Florida (Tampa)(14)
UCF (Orlando)(19)
Navy (Baltimore)(24)
San Diego St. (San Diego)(28)
UConn (Hartford)(30)
Cincinnati (Cincinnati)(33)
Memphis (Memphis)(48)
Louisville (Louisville)(50)
Boise State (Boise)(113)

BE

What Kutra should be saying and perhaps in his own way he is, is that BSU will join the BE in 2012 if all exit fees are paid and all revenue is shared this year.

No, he said we aren't going til we're going

Let's get rid of this virulent overconfidence crap.

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