Big East Expansion: Tulane Reportedly Will Join Conference for All Sports

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Devin Powell #1 of the Tulane Green Wave throws the ball during the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Louisiana Superdome on September 22, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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In an effort to keep up with the trend of conference expansion, the Big East will make Tulane its newest member.

Joe Schad of ESPN first reported the news via Twitter:


Tulane will join Big East for all sports

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) November 27, 2012


Tulane currently plays in Conference USA, but it appears that it will follow Houston, Central Florida, Memphis and Southern Methodist in the move to the Big East.

Boise State and San Diego will also join the conference for football, along with Navy in 2015.

This decision comes after the recent developments that Rutgers will join the Big Ten.

In addition, the ACC is reportedly looking to add either Louisville or Connecticut to its roster in the coming week to replace Maryland, who also joined the Big Ten conference. Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports reported the following:

ACC presidents could vote on a Maryland replacement as early as this week, but two league sources believe an expansion to 16 is unlikely at this time. UConn and Louisville are the favorites for the league's future 14th team.

The future for the Big East has been murky, especially for football. The conference has been poached by other associations and the level of play has hurt its ability to compete on a national stage.

In the latest BCS structure, the Big East is now on equal footing in a "Group of Five" that also includes Conference USA, Mountain West, Sun Belt and the MAC (via Brett McMurphy of ESPN). This is a far drop from previously being one of the six power conferences.

Tulane helps slightly from a competitive perspective—only one bowl appearance since 1999—but it will certainly be of assistance financially.

The school is located in New Orleans, which according to ESPN Media Zone, is the No. 5 market for college football in the country.

If the Big East can get into this market, it will help secure the future financially for all teams involved. In this age of conference shifting, money is the biggest thing that makes the decisions.