ECU to join new conference for all sports
Posted March 27, 2013
Greenville, N.C. — When the dust that is the disintegration of the Big East settles, East Carolina University will be a full-time member of the soon-to-be named conference that includes the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University, the University of South Florida, Temple University and Tulane University.
The Pirates had already committed to play football in the Big East in Fall 2014. They will join the to-be-named Big East replacement for all sports in July 2014.
“ECU is a valuable addition to our conference," said Commissioner Mike Aresco in a statement issued about the move. "Their men’s and women’s basketball teams have enjoyed excellent seasons and their Olympic sports are strong. East Carolina being made an all-sports member is another important step in strengthening our conference.”
The Big East name will stay with the seven schools who are leaving the conference: DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova, Xavier and Butler.
The conference that includes ECU will have a new name as soon as July.