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Memphis Back In BCS Headlines

A couple of weeks ago, the talk was about TCU. Not to be outdone, Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson made some pretty bold statements - at Conference USA's Media Day, no less:

"I don’t want to lie to you," Johnson said. "In the ideal world, the SEC would call and we’d go tomorrow.

"But in the meantime we’re going to do everything we can to make this thing [Conference USA] get stronger and stronger."

Man, that's pretty stiff. Of all days you're going to come out on your conference's own media day and start lobbying to join a BCS conference out in the open? Jenn Sterger thinks that's a bold move.

Somewhat surprisingly, Johnson didn't stop there.

Refusing to backpedal a bit, he said:

"Money, money, money," Johnson said when asked his main reasons for wanting to join the BCS.

Last year, Johnson hired former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese as an adviser "just to evaluate our program."

"I wanted him to come in and just evaluate our program," said Johnson, who knew Tranghese from Johnson’s days at Temple. "It got misconstrued that he was coming in just to get us into the BCS, and that really wasn’t it. It was for him to evaluate."

Between this and the appearance that Memphis is trying to buy its way into a BCS conference, I guess they want in pretty bad.