So what do the Memphis Tigers bring to the Big East table? Well, they were recently a power in national college basketball, and for years they were kind of held back by their conference in that regard. The Big East is still a major hoops conference, but this move does help replenish the league after the recent defections.
In national college football, Memphis has become somewhat of a bit player, as the Tigers have made a few bowl games. They will strengthen the league on the gridiron as Big East football is pretty awful. And of course, all conference alignment shifts are always all about football.
From the AP:
A person familiar with the decision says Memphis is joining the Big East for all sports in 2013.. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement would be made Wednesday.
The Big East announced it would hold a teleconference with Commissioner John Marinatto, University of Memphis President Shirley C. Raines and Memphis Athletic director R.C. Johnson, though it did not give any details about what would be discussed.
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