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Report: 'Highly likely' Memphis, UCF get Big East invite

What would your morning be without at least one expansion rumor to chew on over breakfast?  Downright un-American, that’s what it’d be.

The latest round of expansion speculation involves the Big East, and not in the usual it’s-about-to-be-eaten-alive way either.  According to the sports director at WKMG-TV in Orlando, David Pingalore, both Memphis and Central Florida could be invited to join the Big East conference as early as next week.

Pingalore’s “multiple college football sources” go so far as to say that the two current Conference USA members moving to the Big East is highly likely.

This latest expansion rumor comes a few days after a report surfaced that the CEO of Memphis-based FedEx, Fred Smith, would be willing to give upwards of $10 million annually to a BcS conference willing to give the Tigers a new conference home.  The company later issued a statement denying the rumors, saying that the “reports that FedEx is offering financial incentives as part of this initiative [getting Memphis into a BcS conference] are incorrect.” .

As far as UCF is concerned, they would bring the Orlando TV market — the 19th largest in the country — to the conference.

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1 Response to “Report: 'Highly likely' Memphis, UCF get Big East invite”
  1. Approval given for Big East to expand to ten | CollegeFootballTalk says: Nov 2, 2010 4:03 PM

    […] to the Big East include Houston, Central Florida, Temple and Villanova. ¬†Another school that should not be completely dismissed is Memphis, in no small part because that school’s largest donor is also chairman of FedEx […]

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