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Big East Expansion: Mid-Carders-R-Us With Addition Of Memphis

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Memphis is on their way to the Big East ... so when will Pitt exit? (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Memphis is on their way to the Big East ... so when will Pitt exit? (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It really took the Big East this long to potentially invite Memphis? They've only been trying to get in since 2005.

Regardless, the Tigers may finally enter the Big East for 2013. So any idea of this ridiculous notion that Pitt and Syracuse can leave for the ACC for 2012 should end now because it probably ain't happening - not when the Big East could only have five members playing football for next season.

115, 114, 112, 96 - those awful numbers are Memphis' BCS rankings for the past four seasons. The Tigers have won just 11 games in the past 4 years, and one of those seasons they went 6-7. So yeah, adding Memphis football isn't all that tantalizing.

On the contrary, though, Memphis is pretty good at that whole roundball thing.

In the past four years, the Tigers have made two NCAA Tournament appearances. This season, they are 16-7 and hoping to make another one. They should be a good addition in this regard for the Big East.

This move will leave the Big East with 11 teams in 2013 if Pitt and Syracuse leave before that season begins. With Navy joining in 2015, the conference will then have enough for the coveted conference championship game that John Marinatto wanted so badly. The basketball side will then have 17 members for 2013, just like they would if Pitt, Syracuse, TCU, and West Virginia hadn't left in the first place.

Everybody wins.