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As expected, Tulsa to join the Big East for all sports in 2014-15

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Following up on what was has been believed for the past couple of months, Tulsa will be a full member of the Big East beginning July 1, 2014.

As expected, the announcement was made in a Tuesday morning presser.

“The addition of The University of Tulsa marks another significant step in building a strong conference,” said Big East commissioner Mike Aresco.  “In common with our member schools, Tulsa brings a rich academic profile, outstanding and storied athletic programs, and a devoted fan base.  Under the leadership of President Steadman Upham, the University will be a valued member of our conference and will make us even more competitive across the collegiate landscape.”

With the addition of Tulsa in 2014, the soon-to-be-renamed Big East will consist of the following members: Central Florida, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, South Florida, Temple and Tulane. Navy will join as a football-only member in 2015 to give the conference 12 members, at which time the league will split into two divisions and hold a conference championship game.

Yesterday, Conference USA announced Western Kentucky as the league’s newest member, presumably — and now confirmed — to be the replacement for Tulsa.

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