Tulsa moving to soon-to-be-renamed Big East

Tulsa moving to soon-to-be-renamed Big East

Bill Blankenship and Tulsa will begin Big East competition in 2014.

Bill Blankenship and Tulsa will begin Big East competition in 2014.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter months of speculation, the University of Tulsa announced today that it has accepted a formal invitation to join the soon-to-be-renamed Big East Conference beginning in July of 2014.

Tulsa, who has competed in Conference USA since 2005, announced the move at a press conference Tuesday.

The Golden Hurricanes will be reunited with fellow former CUSA members East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane and UCF. Other members of the new Big East include Cincinnati, UConn, South Florida and Temple. Navy will become a football-only member in 2015, and the league will split into two divisions and hold a conference championship game.

“The addition of The University of Tulsa marks another significant step in building a strong conference,” said Big East chairman Mike Aresco. “In common with our member schools, Tulsa brings a rich academic profile, outstanding and storied athletic programs, and a devoted fan base.

“Under the leadership of President Steadman Upham, the University will be a valued member of our conference and will make us even more competitive across the collegiate landscape.”

The news comes one day after Western Kentucky formally accepted an offer to join Conference USA, filling the spot vacated by the Golden Hurricanes.

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