Tulane is going to the Big East. You did not expect to read that this morning, but that's what's happening. The news was first reported by Scott Kushner, and has since been confirmed by virtually everyone, including the Big East itself.
Adding Tulane would give the Big East another major media market and a school with a good academic reputation, but nothing in the way of serious sports success (football has been to two bowls since 1987, and basketball hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 1995). It would also add yet another mark on the very broad map that is the future Big East, expanding the whole thing even further away from the Northeastern basketball cluster it was born as.
With the ACC apparently looking to snag either UConn or Louisville, would adding Tulane be the best thing the Big East could do? It would certainly be a continuation of their current strategy, but is it a strategy to stick with?
Let's round up some reaction!
How does Tulane deliver New Orleans TV sets? Hard to believe.— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) November 27, 2012
I'm still trying to figure out why. How is "Maybe we should add Tulane" not followed by the room exploding in laughter?— Brandon (@TeamSpeedKills) November 27, 2012
GEOGRAPHICALLY, DOES TULANE FIT IN THE BIG EAST EAST, OR THE BIG EAST WEST?— THE KEY PLAY (@thekeyplay) November 27, 2012
Alphabetical order. RT @mengus22: How does Tulane jump ahead of Tulsa?— Patrick Vint (@HS_BHGP) November 27, 2012
When the ACC, B1G, BigEast, etc. don’t get teams into the 4 team playoff, we’ll look back to watering down schedules w/Tulane, RU, MD as why— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 27, 2012
It was already true but Tulane flips the mental switch that the Big East no longer qualifies in any way as a "major" conference.— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) November 27, 2012
I think ESPN is giving the Big East advice in order to bring down the price— OBNUG (@OBNUG) November 27, 2012
See, UL and UConn and Cincinnati, this is just temporary for you. You may not even be here when Tulane shows up. USF, on the other hand...— Voodoo Five (@usfvoodoo5) November 27, 2012
cc: the big east RT @dangerguerrero: "Price Is Right" tip: Never bid on the first showcase.— Martin Rickman (@martinrickman) November 27, 2012
Try 60 years ago RT @teamspeedkills: So the Big East is replacing Rutgers with Tulane. That seems like a fair trade. Twenty years ago— Pod Katt (@valleyshook) November 27, 2012
I'd like to congratulate @jwo_5 on ECU joining the Big East...wait..what's that? Oh TULANE?!?! My bad, buddy— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) November 27, 2012
Tulane has 3 NCAA Tournament appearances and 5 bowl bids since the formation of the Big East in 1979-80.— David Fox (@DavidFox615) November 27, 2012
Dammit, Big East, you can't just buy a bunch of properties, you have to have three of the same color before you can start building houses— Doug (@CaptainAnnoying) November 27, 2012
Oh, Mike Aresco - a drunk and angry ECU is going to be screaming in your yard late tonight.— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) November 27, 2012
Im not taking the Big East seriously until they add McNeese St. #SkyRanch— Bunkie Perkins (@FOTProgram) November 27, 2012
Forget that earlier tweet that #SouthernMiss fans should be patient... Tulane goes to the Big East ... go crazy folks— Patrick Magee (@Patrick_Magee) November 27, 2012
Big East conference realignment makes sense when you believe they're a spinoff of American Pickers.— Matt Sussman (@suss2hyphens) November 27, 2012
No. Mark. No. You made a 2 Chainz reference. We can all quit now. RT @mengus22: I SAID 2 CHAINZ NOT TULANE— Michael Felder (@InTheBleachers) November 27, 2012
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