The Big East Conference will be reaching outside of the eastern coast once again and once again into Conference USA in order to expand their league with the addition of Tulane University.
This move comes after the recent departure of Rutgers University, whose seat is still warm from their announcement to join the Big Ten Conference a week ago, on November 20th.
The Green Wave will assume their spot in the Big East beginning in the 2014-15 academic year stemming from the okay given by every President included in the Big East Board of Directors.
Riding on the Green Wave into the Big East will be Tulane's 16 sports. Women will continue to compete in their 10 sports programs: basketball, tennis, golf, volleyball, sand volleyball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, cross country, swimming and diving, and bowling, while men will add their six programs into Big East matches in basketball, football, baseball, tennis, outdoor track and field, and cross country.
Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco shared his thoughts on the addition. "I am pleased and excited to welcome Tulane University to the Big East Conference," said Aresco. "Tulane University is an outstanding academic institution and is committed to excellence in athletics. They will be a valued member of the Big East."
Tulane University President Scott Cowen also gave his take on the move. "Tulane University is pleased to accept membership in the Big East Conference," stated Cowen. "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!"
Once the Green Wave are added officially in 2014, the home to most of their contests will be the New Orleans Arena. For basketball, both the women and men will host their games at the Devlin Fieldhouse. Tulane's football program should see the completion of Yulman Stadium in 2014, where 30,000 fans will be able to see their matches on any given week. The Green Wave football program calls the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the NFL's New Orleans Saints, home for now.
Tulane University will follow the University of Central Florida, University of Houston, University of Memphis, and Southern Methodist University in all sports as well as Boise State University and San Diego State University who join in football only, all of whom will begin competition in the Big East in 2013.
The Naval Academy will be the final school to add into the new Big East model, when they move their football program into the conference in 2015.