Big East Announces Addition of Memphis

February 8, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Memphis v Arizona
Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner (L) will provide another good basketball program for the Big East. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Big East Conference announced Wednesday the addition of the University of Memphis as a full conference member beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year, according to a report on the conference’s website.

“Over the past decade, the University of Memphis has demonstrated an unwavering commitment of competing at the highest level in college sports,” said Big East Commissioner John Marinatto. “The university has positioned itself for long-term success by upgrading facilities and investing wisely in various areas of the athletic department including coaching and administration.”

With the addition of Memphis the Big East will have 12 football-playing schools and 17 overall.

For the conference this is the second addition of the year as the Naval Academy joined as a football member only in January. In addition the conference added Central Florida, Houston, and Southern Methodist as full members along with Boise State and San Diego State as football members in December 2011.