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Some may have questioned the University of Houston’s move to the crumbling Big East a couple months ago, but it is beginning to look more and more like a wise move.
The Big East has extended an invitation to the Memphis Tigers and an official announcement is expected to be made Wednesday, according to an ESPN.com report. Memphis will join the Big East in all sports for the 2013-14 academic year, giving the fledgling BCS league a 12th football member while also assuring that the Big East will remain a power basketball conference.
Memphis, like UH, is coming over from Conference USA. The Cougars, SMU, Navy, San Diego State, Boise State and Central Florida are joining the Big East in 2012-13. The addition of the Tigers give the Big East a chance to have 12 football-playing members, which opens the door for a lucrative conference championship game to be played.
There had been some concern about the Cougars entering into a league that many believe could lose its BCS affiliation with schools like Syracuse and Pitt leaving for the ACC and schools such as UConn, Louisville and Cincinnati also looking to exit.
But the addition of Memphis gives the Big East a little more footing, especially in basketball.