Tulane to join Big East Conference in 2014

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A charter member of Conference USA, Tulane is moving on.

The school announced Tuesday that Tulane will join the Big East Conference in July of 2014.

The move to the Big East happended quickly. Tulane director of athletics Rick Dickson said he first spoke with the league Tuesday. Dickson said an information packet was sent to the Big East Wednesday.

Talks intensified over the Thanksgiving holidays. The Big East was looking to fill a vacandy created when Rutgers announced it was moving to the Big Ten.

Tulane will be a full conference member.

The league will be a big lift for the Wave’s basketball program. The Big East has a non football playing roster that includes St John’s, Marquette, Villanova, and Georgetown. That’s if those schools don’t leave the league.

Dickson said it makes sense for the hoops powers to stay in the Big East. “There are not at the front seat of the table, where football conferences that play good basketball have seats. They are always considered a step behind. I have good reason to believe the schools in the Big East Conference all recognize that.”

Louisiville, Cincinnati, and Connecticut are all schools rumored to be looking to depart the Big East.

In 2013 former Conference USA members Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, and SMU will join the Big East. Temple University will also join as a full member.

Boise State and San Diego State will compete in football only. The Naval Academy will join in football only in 2015.

Dickson said that Tulane will have 9 conference basketball home games. Because of seating requirements, Dickson said that 6 or 7 of those home games will be moved to New Orleans Arena.

Dickson said Tulane plans to play all of its Big East home football games in 2014 at the new on campus Yulman Stadium.

Ground on the new stadium has yet to be broken.