Memphis Likely Next To Join Big East, According To Report

Sounds like Rick Pitino's about to get his wish. The Louisville Cardinals coach, who's lobbied for the Memphis Tigers to be included in the new worldwide Big East, is surely pleased to see CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy reporting the Tigers are expected to join in all sports in two years. This follows up on earlier buzz about such a move.

Bringing on Memphis football won't excite anybody, as it may be the most downtrodden program in the FBS ranks, but Tigers basketball could help restore a portion of the Big East's traditional hoops-first image.

Once the Navy Midshipmen join in 2015, the league could be up to a hearty 12 football members, allowing it to play conference championship games. This would also seem to indicate the Air Force Falcons remained unconvinced for this go-round, unless the Big East is thinking a heart 14 football members spanning the globe. However, Louisville still seem like a good bet to leave for the Big 12, and Pitino would have a new conference to try and drag Memphis into. It never ends!

The good news: Memphis is at least east of the Mississippi, even if only by a little bitty bit.

For updates on Big East football, basketball and expansion, visit Big East Coast Bias, and stay tuned to our college conference realignment section.

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