The Big East has continued its expansion and East Carolina’s football program will reportedly join the conference starting in the 2014 season.
Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel reported the following on the Pirates’ move:
The Big East grew by two more members Tuesday, according to two conference sources. East Carolina will join the league as a football-only member in 2014; Tulane will join the league in all sports that same year.
The school’s move comes after significant recent changes in the Big East. The news that Rutgers will leave the league to join the Big Ten shook up its previous plans for expansion.
Central Florida, Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, Southern Methodist and Temple are all set to join the Big East, giving the conference 12 teams and two divisions.
But Maryland’s move from the ACC to the Big Ten created more problems, as Big East members Connecticut and Louisville have been pegged as the front-runners to replace the Terrapins.
Facing the departure of two teams, the Big East has been able to cover its losses, with both East Carolina and Tulane set to join the conference.
Both the Pirates and the Green Wave were in Conference USA this past year, along with Houston, Memphis and UCF, who are also moving to the Big East.
East Carolina went 7-1 in conference games this year and finished with an 8-4 overall record. Tulane has not fared as well, going 2-6 in C-USA and 2-10 overall.
The move continues the realignment trend that has been sweeping across college football, and more movement is almost certainly coming in the near future.