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Boise bails on Big East

By my count, the Big East has now lost more members than it ever had. Boise State will remain a member of the Mountain West Conference and will not join the Big East in 2013. The Broncos’ decision, confirmed in news releases by the the school and Mountain West on Monday, is the latest crippling […]

The Big East is imploding

I never really believed that the reconstituted Big East was going to be viable in the long term, but I didn’t see its demise happening in this fashion, nor this quickly. The Big East is headed for another break up. This time, the seven prominent basketball schools that don’t play FBS football are planning to […]

Maryland to join the Big Ten

The dominoes have resumed falling. Maryland is joining the Big Ten, leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference in a shocker of a move in the world of conference realignment that was driven by the school’s budget woes. The announcement came Monday at a news conference with school President Wallace D. Loh, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany […]

Big East settles up with departers

Everyone who wants to leave the Big East is now free to do so. Well, maybe “free” isn’t exactly the right word. Pitt and the conference announced that the school will pay $7.5 million to join Syracuse in leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2013. The Big East reached […]

C-USA and and MWC make merger plans official

We knew it was coming. With their respective leagues being picked apart by the month to fulfill others’ expansion plans, 16 presidents and chancellors from Conference USA and Mountain West Conference met Sunday in Dallas, knowing they needed to do something. The result is a new league with a wide scope that goes coast-to-coast and […]

Memphis to Big East

It’s what they’ve always wanted. At long last, Memphis is part of the Big East. The Tigers officially accepted an invitation to be part of the conference’s next incarnation in 2013, the conference said Wednesday. Memphis is the seventh school, and fourth from Conference USA, to sign up for future membership in the Big East […]

Navy to join Big East

Another new playmate for UH. Navy has accepted an invitation to play football in the Big East, starting in 2015. “Stability in the Big East was a very important aspect in our discussions with the commissioner,” Vice Admiral Michael Miller, superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, said during a teleconference. “What we see is a […]

UH heads to the Big East

I wish them all the best. The Big East Conference officially announced the additions of the University of Houston, Boise State, Central Florida, San Diego State and SMU on Wednesday. UH, Central Florida and SMU are being added as all-sports members to the league while Boise State and San Diego State are joining as football-only […]

Big XII expects WVU for 2012

The Big East is no obstacle. Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said Tuesday he fully expects West Virginia to start play next season despite a hard-line stance from the Big East. Neinas attended a reception in Morgantown officially welcoming the Mountaineers into the Big 12 on Tuesday, a day after the university filed a […]

West Virginia sues Big East

The divorce just got ugly. West Virginia filed a civil lawsuit against the Big East on Monday in an attempt to exit the conference in 2012 to join the Big 12, squarely blaming commissioner John Marinatto for the instability of the conference. In the 14-page suit filed in Monongalia County Circuit Court in West Virginia, […]

It’s official: WVU to Big XII

The Big East takes another body blow. The Big 12 welcomed West Virginia from the Big East and bid goodbye to Missouri before the Tigers even had a chance to finalize their move to the Southeastern Conference. Now that the poaching of the Big East seems to be over, the beleaguered league is not backing […]

WVU to Big XII?

The Big XII appears to have a replacement in mind for when Missouri makes its move to the SEC. The Big 12 has approved bringing in West Virginia to replace Missouri when the Tigers complete their move to the Southeastern Conference, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The […]

Big XII targeting Big East schools

There are still more dominoes to fall. Two high-level Big 12 school administrators said on Sunday the conference expects Missouri to leave and will act quickly to replace the Tigers, focusing primarily on West Virginia with Louisville as a strong second candidate. “I think that’s accurate,” one school official told the American-Statesman. “I’d say West […]

UH to get Big East invitation

Change is coming, one way or another. UH’s hope of joining an automatic-qualifying Bowl Championship Series conference may soon come to fruition after the Big East Conference extended an invitation to UH on Monday evening. The league extended an invitation to UH after a conference call on expansion with the Big East’s presidents and chancellors […]

UH to the Big East?

TCU to join Big XII

For now. Until something better comes along, of course. TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 on Monday night, seizing an opportunity to be a part of a conference with natural geographic rivals despite the league’s recent instability. The board of trustees unanimously approved the move and Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. made the […]

Missouri on the move?

Still no stability for the Big XII. It wasn’t too long ago that Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton spoke of “working every day to hold the Big 12 together.” Now he’s been tasked with helping decide whether the Tigers are the latest program to leave a troubled conference fighting for its future. University curators voted unanimously […]

UT will start conference shopping

More dominoes. University of Texas President William Powers Jr. was given the authority Monday to explore changing conferences, and Texas will seriously consider trying to join the Pacific-12 and the Atlantic Coast conferences if not other possibilities, sources close to the realignment discussions told the American-Statesman and business partner Hookem.com. Powers was given the charge […]

TCU to the Big East

Can’t say that this was unexpected, given that TCU changes conferences more often than some people change clothes. TCU, located “Where the West Begins,” is headed east. To the Big East Conference, to be exact. The school announced Monday that it has accepted an invitation to join the conference in 2012. All sports will participate […]