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Riding The Realignment Wave: Tulane Joins Big East In All Sports, ECU For Football
Published November 28, 2012
PIRATES' BOUNTY: The Big East yesterday also announced East Carolina Univ. will join the league for football only beginning in '14. ECU AD Terry Holland said, "I don't think there is any doubt that the potential for revenue is an important piece of it. It shouldn't be a driving factor in college athletics, but it's a factor that we all have to be conscious of and make sure that we are stewards of those resources." Holland "stressed the change ... was a football decision." However, he and ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said that "finding a home for ECU's 18 other sports was a priority" (Greenville DAILY REFLECTOR, 11/28). In Raleigh, Caulton Tudor writes Big East TV money "will be considerably less than the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC but still more than ECU could have made as the primary bread winner in the diluted C-USA." And as much and as often as the Big East has "shunned ECU over the years, the league will benefit more from the Pirates' football presence than any of the other C-USA newcomers" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 11/28).
NOT EVERYONE ON BOARD? SPORTING NEWS' Mike DeCourcy reported the Big East's decision to add Tulane "was not unanimous." There was "dissension among the current members discussing the move, and it was vehement." How widespread it might have been "isn't certain, although it is hard to figure how anyone was convinced to vote in favor" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 11/27). Meanwhile, in Orlando, Matt Murschel writes while the Big Ten's plan to add Maryland and Rutgers "caused major ripples in the college landscape, news of the Big East's moves were met with more of an ... eh." When talking about "pure wow factor, both of these schools miss the mark." While conferences like the Big Ten and SEC are "making calculated moves to secure a brighter future for their leagues, the Big East appears to be making decisions based purely on survival" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/28). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said, "Tulane? Really? In New Orleans? Come on, the Big East is dissolving. They're desperate" ("PTI," ESPN, 11/27).