Tulane, East Carolina jump to Big East
The New Orleans school announced the move in a statement from president Scott Cowen that it will move to the Big East in all sports in 2014. East Carolina will join the league the same year as a football-only member.
"Tulane University is pleased to accept membership in the Big East Conference," Cowen said. "The Big East is a distinguished collection of institutions that will be a wonderful home for Tulane.
"We look forward to our mutual association and we are delighted to welcome the Big East to the Big Easy."
Added "ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard: "ECU is excited to become a football member of the Big East Conference. We know we will be successful and add value to the Big East. While hundreds of dedicated Pirates have contributed to this day, I especially want to recognize the relentless energy of Terry Holland and Nick Floyd in making this day a reality. It is a great day to be a Pirate."
Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said that the conference's "'basketball schools,' like Providence College, St. John's and Georgetown are united in their support of this new football model."
The Big East has seen significant changes in a little more than a year. West Virginia, TCU, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame have announced plans to depart, and will be replaced by Temple, Boise State, San Diego State, Memphis, UCF, Houston, SMU and Navy over the next three years.
Tulane and ECU have been members of Conference USA since 1995 and 1997, respectively.